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Plat needed for subdivision; county water recommended (07/22/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Even without a planning and zoning commission, there are still requirements for subdivisions in Scott County. Tom Beardslee, addressing officer for the county, advised commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday of a request to assign a street name for subdivision to be located off of County Road 346 on the north side of Highway 77 near Kelly High School...
Oran man accused of sexual misconduct with child, 5 (07/22/14)
BENTON - An Oran area man in custody for crimes against a 5-year-old child. Jesse John Branson, 37, is charged with the Class D felony of sexual misconduct involving a child, and the unclassified felony of first degree statutory sodomy. On Monday, Detective Jessica Martin responded to a complaint that a 5-year-old child was sexually assaulted. ...
Preliminary hearing set in second degree murder case (07/22/14)
NEW MADRID - A preliminary hearing is scheduled in September for a woman accused in the death of a Sikeston man. Savannah R. Davis will return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for her preliminary hearing on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action. Davis is charged in the July 11 death of John Sharber...
10 Things to Know for Today (07/22/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAELI DEFENSE SOURCE: ONE SOLDIER MISSING IN GAZA The official says the IDF combatant went missing after a deadly battle over the weekend. Gaza was heavily bombarded through night and morning with several mosques also targeted...
Morley bank robbery suspect pleads guilty (07/22/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A suspect in the May 20 robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley, Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court. Alexander T. Trotter, 31, of St. Louis pleaded guilty to a federal bank robbery charge at the Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. United States Courthouse in Cape Girardeau...
  • Missouri delays vote on KC schools accreditation
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Parents and students in the Kansas City School District will have to wait until the final few days before classes begin to learn whether the urban school system will remain unaccredited....
  • Turkish citizen pleads guilty in drug fraud case
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Turkish citizen pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges for smuggling counterfeit and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States....
  • VA chief pledges end to whistleblower retaliation
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs vowed Tuesday to crack down on whistleblower retaliation after a private government watchdog released a critical report on the agency's treatment of employees who brought internal problems to light....
  • Missouri governor tours Iowa ethanol plant
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon traveled to Iowa to get a personal look at the latest methods in ethanol production....
  • Police: Man hit pregnant girlfriend with car
    SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) -- An eastern Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly striking his pregnant girlfriend with a car, putting it in reverse, and trying to run down the woman's mother....
  • Plane crash bodies removed from war zone
    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders....
  • Democrats to unveil $2.7B bill on alien children
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats on Tuesday circulated legislation to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico....
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday....
  • Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip....
  • Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine....
  • Couple marries in Omaha's largest cemetery
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska couple chose an unusual venue for their wedding: the largest cemetery in Omaha....
  • 170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois
    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money....
  • Police probing Brooklyn Bridge flag switch
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge - one of New York City's most heavily secured landmarks - were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the wind....
  • Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy
    HOUSTON (AP) -- A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store....
  • George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed - by beetles....
  • Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake
    JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water....
  • Driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket
    NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket....
  • Pastry pranks: Vandals smear cars with baked goods
    HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) -- There's mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn't involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we're talking pastry here - maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard....
  • Chase ends as man runs into a Miss. police academy
    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy....
  • Black-and-white stripes are the new orange
    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan sheriff says he's trading his inmates' orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture....
The Latest from our Columnists
Sportsmanship more important than score
I rarely write a column about sports. Not that I have no interest in sports. In fact, I love sports and follow my favorites like any other fan. But something odd happened at this week's All-Star game and it speaks more to sportsmanship than sports. This year's All-Star fest was actually a tribute to Derek Jeter of the Yankees. Jeter has been a star in the Big Apple for years and is a certain Hall of Fame inductee when he becomes eligible...
Spoons - The Game of Groans and Moans
Anyone who knows me knows my love for sports. I've been watching them since I can remember and in that time I have come across plenty of violent ones. There's football where a person can get hit and knocked unconscious or even have an appendage snapped in two. ...
Duke the Wonder Horse
Duke was a five-gated pinto. A pinto is a horse that has a coat color of white and any other color. For those of us who are not horse experts, many different breeds of horses have pinto colors. Anyway, when I was a young boy, Duke lived just up the street on Kingshighway in an attractive red barn trimmed out in white. It was surrounded by a dirt yard and a high, wire fence...
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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. ISRAELI DEFENSE SOURCE: ONE SOLDIER MISSING IN GAZA

The official says the IDF combatant went missing after a deadly battle over the weekend. Gaza was heavily bombarded through night and morning with several mosques also targeted.

2. FOR MANY JEWS, A CALL TO FIGHT, FAR FROM THE LIVES THEY KNOW

The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of others from around the world who leave behind often comfortable lives to join the Israel Defense Forces.

3.THE TRAIN CARRYING VICTIMS' REMAINS ARRIVES IN KHARKIV

The bodies of those who perished in the Malaysia Airlines crash, many of them Dutch, are en route to the Netherlands for identification by families, having left an area under rebel control.

4. IN FACE OF MANY CHALLENGES, OBAMA STILL A DRAW FOR DEMOCRAT CASH

Ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington's balance of power, the president sets out on a three-day, West Coast fundraising trip to include at least five events.

5. IN DETROIT, WORKERS AND RETIREES ACCEPT PENSION CUTS

The step is crucial for the city to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

6. WHY TEXAS IS SENDING TROOPS TO THE MEXICO BORDER

Gov. Rick Perry says he'll dispatch up to 1,000 members of the National Guard to help deal with an influx of immigrants from Central America.

7. HOW MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE MAY HAVE BEEN ATTACKED IN NEW MEXICO

One of three teens accused of fatally beating two homeless men in Albuquerque tells police that he and the two others have terrorized perhaps 50 transients in recent months.

8. MANY US VOTERS STAYING HOME

More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a survey.

9. IN NEW STUDY, SCHIZOPHRENIA COMES INTO SHARPER FOCUS

More than 100 researchers from around the world collaborate in the biggest-ever genomic mapping of the illness, finding hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting it to the immune system.

10. WHO IS TURNING ONE TODAY

Britain's Prince George is celebrating his birthday amid a media frenzy that involves glossy specials, a commemorative coin, and a new word--"Georgeous"--to describe him.

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