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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Steele driver flees traffic stop, passenger seriously injured (07/28/16)
STEELE, Mo. - A driver who fled a traffic stop is in custody and facing drug charges. Jimmy David McVay, 32, of Steele is charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, felonious restraint and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held at the Pemiscot County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond...
Cool fun on a hot day (07/28/16)
Youngsters from the Sikeston YMCA Summer Day Camp found relief from the heat outside by going inside the Sikeston Bowling Center Wednesday afternoon. What the young bowlers didn't have in bowling techniques they made up with in their enthusiasm as the sent their bowling balls rolling down the alleys. Even the youngest of the bowlers were able to celebrate their success with the help of some bumpers leading to the bowling pins.
Closing the book (07/28/16)
The Sikeston Public Library's Summer Reading Program is winding down with the teen readers' taking part in a trivia competition Wednesday afternoon.
Race for sheriff in Scott County to be decided in Tuesday's election (07/28/16)
Winners of the Democratic and Republican primary will face off in November election BENTON, Mo. -- The sheriff race for the November election will be decided during Tuesday's primary election in Scott County. Those choosing the Democratic ballot will pick either Ron Merideth or incumbent Rick Walter. Running on the Republican ticket are Gregg Ourth and Wes Drury. The winners of each race will face each other in the Nov. 8 election...
Stolen car recovered; one arrested (07/27/16)
BENTON, Mo. -- According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, an arrest has been made in connection with a stolen vehicle from Cape Girardeau. On Tuesday, deputies recieved a call of a suspicious male walking away from a vehicle near the intersection of State Highway 77 and State Highway W in Oran. Upon arrival, deputies located the vehicle, which was reported stolen from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau on Monday...
  • Minority Dem delegates frustrated with 'Bernie or Bust'
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering "Bernie or Bust" movement is stirring frustration at the party's convention among delegates of color, who say they're upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator's most fervent backers to fall in line....
  • Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward the Kremlin....
  • Man convicted in Chandra Levy's death won't be retried
    Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy, saying they can no longer prove their case in the 15-year-old slaying that thrust former congressman Gary Condit into the national spotlight....
  • Her turn now: Hillary Clinton makes her case for presidency
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It's Hillary Clinton's turn....
  • Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin....
The Latest from our Columnists
Polls don't always reflect voters' intent
I'm not sure when polling became an "important" part of each political campaign but at this point in the cycle of politics, I have zero confidence in virtually any poll, especially national poll results. I have long been convinced that issues don't drive poll results - poll results drive issues...
Bored? Try a board meeting
This summer I have tried several times to find a funny comedy at the movies, only to be disappointed each time. I should have just saved my money and gone to a Miner Board of Aldermen meeting for free. After reading month-after-month how the Miner Board struggles to get anything done I thought I would go and take a look for myself at a recent meeting. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed...
A cut above the rest
There are certain professions in our society that are afforded the privilege of knowing what's going on. They have daily contact with a number of residents within the community and more than just a few minutes to listen to their concerns. In the cities, it's the taxi cab drivers who seemed to have their thumb on the temperament of the populace. Today, Uber drivers could be added to that list...
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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. OBAMA TO HAIL CLINTON

The U.S. president once told the Democratic nominee for the White House, "You're likable enough" -- but now the incumbent is prepared to endorse the woman who hopes to replace him.

2. KAINE'S FLUENCY IN SPANISH NOT A BE-ALL, END-ALL

But while some Latinos say there's a practical value to the U.S. vice presidential nominee's skills, they add the days are gone when that alone is enough to win over Hispanic voters.

3. HOLLANDE HOLDS MEETINGS AFTER CHURCH ATTACK

The French president is trying to avert religious tensions and new violence after Islamic State group extremists attacked a Catholic church and slit the throat of an elderly priest.

4. JAPAN STABBING SPREE SUSPECT'S TROUBLED TIMELINE

Satoshi Uematsu stated his intent to kill in a letter, was committed to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release after just 12 days. Five months later, he killed 19 mentally disabled people.

5. REPORT: SHOOTING DEATHS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASE

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says shooting deaths of officers spiked 78 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year.

6. HOW FED IS EXPECTED TO REACT TO IMPROVING ECONOMY

Most analysts think the U.S. central bank will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

7. LAWMAKER EXPLORES MEDICARE DRUG 'EXPLOITATION'

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to know if the government's prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to price manipulation by drugmakers.

8. EFFORT LAUNCHED TO DIGITIZE ALL FISH

Scientists are using a powerful CT scanner at a University of Washington lab on the San Juan Islands to begin digitally cataloging thousands of species.

9. TOUGH ROOM, ELIZABETH BANKS

You could've heard crickets in the Democratic convention hall when the "Pitch Perfect" and "Hunger Games" actress attempted a joke or two in introducing a short video about Clinton.

10. WHERE CARIBBEAN ISLAND IS COMING UP SHORT

Jamaica's sprinters are obviously elite, but the tiny nation is still a long way from that level in other track and field events.

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