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Friday, July 3, 2015
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Stoddard County to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses Monday (07/03/15)
BLOOMFIELD -- In the week since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Stoddard County Recorder Kay Asbell's office has been ringing off the hook. "I would say I've gotten at least 25 different calls since Friday," Asbell said. "Most of the callers don't identify themselves. They just want to know if I'm issuing same-sex marriage licenses yet."...
Python found on Cape porch (07/03/15)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Cape Girardeau Police Department received an unusual call just after midnight Thursday, when someone found a python on the front porch of a home in the 1500 block of Whitener Street. The python -- about 2 feet long -- first was taken to the police department until it could be transported to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, said Sgt. Adam Glueck, a spokesman for the police department...
Flooding causes July Fourth headaches at Missouri parks (07/03/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Flooded areas in nearly a dozen rain-soaked Missouri parks are closed to visitors for the July Fourth weekend, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged campers with reservations to verify that campgrounds are still open...
Brick's Off Road Park: Group offers fix for events (07/03/15)
POPLAR BLUFF - A group of "stakeholders" are discussing ways to make future events held at Brick's Off Road Park safer and less problematic. Part of the mission of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Com- merce is tourism for the "greater Poplar Bluff area," according to a synopsis provided by the chamber of a meeting held earlier this week regarding the park...
Human remains discovered near Kennett (07/03/15)
KENNETT - Dunklin County authorities are investigating the discovery of human remains. According to a news release from Sheriff Bob Holder, at approximately 10:17 p.m. July 1 a Dunklin County deputy received a phone call from two individuals who were frogging on a drainage ditch south of Kennett which runs parallel with County Road 551, commonly called the Johnson Island Road. The caller stated they had come across what they believed to be a body...
  • Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers....
  • The Latest: German FM: No quick bailout coming for Greece
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):...
  • Rarely seen color photos by Robert Capa in Budapest exhibit
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Rarely seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown for the first time in Europe at the Budapest institution which bears his name....
  • Correction: Greece-Bailout story
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a story July 2 about the Greek referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the International Monetary Fund had said Greece would need debt relief worth 50 billion euros. The IMF said Greece needs new financing worth 50 billion euros as well as debt relief....
  • Greek villagers secret weapon: Grow your own food
    KARITAINA, Greece (AP) -- Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch....
The Latest from our Columnists
USA obsessed to be politically correct
Last week provided a sea change in American society and I suspect someday, history will note the significance of this past week. Still not sure, however, just how history will record these events. The Supreme Court - quite honestly, not to anyone's great surprise - ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act despite clear and specific language that seemed to have undermined a provision of the controversial law...
For every action, an overreaction
I love the weeks where you can just put up the remote control, grab some popcorn and watch as the country overreacts to one situation after another. And with social media it is a non-stop barrage of one overreaction after the other. First we had the Confederate flag craziness. We were all left searching for answers when a 21-year-old white man went to a black church, sat for an hour with them in a prayer meeting before killing nine in hopes of starting a race war...
Hired protestors are undermining nation
As a rule, I normally refrain from commenting on the political scene in this Sunday column, leaving that nasty work for mid-week. But a little-reported story this week on the Ferguson #BlackLivesMatter protests raised my temperature to the boiling point...
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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. WHAT GREECE IS BRACING FOR

More chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks as the country and its creditors halt talks on resolving the deepening financial crisis until a national referendum on creditor proposals is held this weekend.

2. U.S. EMPLOYERS LIKELY HIRED AT ANOTHER STRONG PACE IN JUNE

That's a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September.

3. WHO'S IN LINE FOR TOP DIPLOMATIC POST IN CUBA

Supporters of Jeffrey DeLaurentis say his experience on the Caribbean island nation makes him the favorite to be the first U.S. ambassador to Havana in almost 55 years.

4. FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS IN TENNESSEE

At least one CSX freighter car carrying a flammable and toxic gas is off the tracks and catches fire in a town south of Knoxville, prompting an evacuation within a one-mile radius.

5. TRUMP FALLOUT CONTINUES

Macy's joins an ongoing exodus from association with the billionaire mogul and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slam him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.

6. AFTER TRADE DEAL, OBAMA SEEKS TO REPAIR LABOR RIFT

The president travels to Wisconsin to try to mend fences with his labor allies, promoting his union-backed plan to make more workers eligible for overtime.

7. HOW PYONGYANG BECAME EVEN LESS WIRED

A limited number of foreigners who can access the Internet in North Korea with relative freedom have noticed blacklist warnings on some social media accounts and websites.

8. HEEDING POPE, IOWA CATHOLICS TO PRESSURE 2016 FIELD

Roman Catholic leaders here are calling for presidential candidates to focus on the environment and income inequality in the general election.

9. PIANO MAN SETS MSG RECORD

Billy Joel sets the mark for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show, besting Elton John.

10. HOOP DREAMS AS BIG BUCKS FLY

Kevin Love resigns with Cleveland and Tyson Chandler takes his talents to Phoenix as more than $1 billion worth of deals are made on the first day of NBA free agency.

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