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April Calendar Girl | Lauren Beydler (04/01/15)
Lauren Beydler, daughter of Steve and Dee Beydler, is the Standard Democrat's Calendar Girl for April. Lauren was the third runner-up in the 2014 Miss Sikeston contest and will graduate from Sikeston High School in May with plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University and major in early childhood education...
Scott County: Tax issue on ballot is not a new tax (04/01/15)
BENTON -- No fooling: Scott County officials are not asking for a new tax. If voters approve the ballot initiative during Tuesday's municipal election, nothing changes. "This keeps your tax obligation as it is currently," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the Commission's regular weekly meeting Tuesday. "Nobody wants to see an additional or new tax -- nor do we. We don't want anybody to think this is something new."...
Council action clears way for development in TIF district (04/01/15)
SIKESTON -- Two of the last few items for Sikeston City Council to take action on for the city's latest TIF district were approved during the Council's regular monthly briefing session Monday after second readings. A bill rezoning from light industrial to highway commercial about 36.18 acres south of Stalcup, west of Lawrence and north of where Henning will be once extended was first approved by the Council with a unanimous vote...
Tragic accident helping bring awareness to organ donation (04/01/15)
BENTON -- As parents, it was a question they never wanted to be asked: Is your son an organ donor? But when their 15-year-old son, Kaden, died in an accidental shooting in June, Aaron and Rhonda Robert of Benton found themselves having to answer just that...
Mississippi County: Voters are set to choose city, school officials in election (04/01/15)
CHARLESTON -- Area voters will pick city officials and school board members in the municipal election Tuesday. In Charleston, voters will be asked to vote for two of the five candidates filed for three-year terms on the City Council. Choices are: Bobby Kuykendall, Michael A. Jones, David L. Teeters, John Tucker and Patrick Farmer...
  • A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program resumed here Wednesday but were almost immediately beset by competing claims, just hours after diplomats abandoned a March 31 deadline to reach the outline of a deal and agreed to press on. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain....
  • Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers
    SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida (AP) -- The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view....
  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
  • Iraqi minister says Tikrit to be recaptured within 'hours'
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit early Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours," the country's interior minister said....
  • Lufthansa execs visit French Alps crash site where 150 died
    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) -- Lufthansa's chief executive said Wednesday it will take "a long, long time" to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week - but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane....
The Latest from our Columnists
Election takes ugly turn with help from Facebook
I rarely, if ever, weigh in on a school board race in Sikeston. That has been my policy for as many years as I can count. The same goes for city council races. My attitude has been consistent -- if someone, anyone, is willing to commit their time and make the necessary sacrifices to take on one of these often-thankless jobs, then more power to them...
When it comes to aging, game on
I see little signs every day that I'm getting older with things like gray hairs, achy muscles and all the AARP mail. But this past weekend on a work trip to Columbia I felt older than I ever have. I should have known it didn't start well when I woke up early the morning on the day I left hacking like I smoked three packs a day for 50 years. ...
Nun-sense: Even the good embellish a good story
What we come to expect of those who hold important positions or whose professions by their very nature carry a high degree of trust by others are often measured against our experiences when young. Our teachers often frame and define those events, but not always in the way we perceive of them at the time...
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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. NUCLEAR TALKS GO INTO OVERTIME

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers resume hours after the parties abandoned a self-imposed deadline to produce the outline of an agreement.

2. CORONER: DEATH OF ANDREW GETTY APPEARS NATURAL OR ACCIDENT

The Getty oil fortune heir was 47 and part of one of the wealthiest and best-known American families.

3. HOW INDIANA DEBATE IS EXPOSING REPUBLICAN DIVISIONS

The backlash over the contentious religious freedom law in Indiana is forcing the GOP's presidential contenders to weigh in.

4. TIKRIT TO BE RECAPTURED 'WITHIN THE COMING HOURS'

Iraq's interior minister says security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants and full control of the city is imminent.

5. WHO IS VISITING FRENCH ALPS CRASH SITE

Lufthansa's CEO refuses to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane.

6. PALESTINIANS WANT LEVERAGE ON ISRAEL IN ICC

Their formal acceptance into the International Criminal Court is part of a broader effort to put global pressure on the Jewish state and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.

7. ON THE MENU: PINK PINEAPPLES, PURPLE TOMATOES

These cancer-fighting, heart-healthy foods are among the genetically engineered foods that could receive government approval.

8. JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED IN LOS ANGELES

The Grammy-winning folk singer is in intensive care, but it's not clear what has stricken the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

9. CREATOR OF THE PET ROCK DIES

Gary Ross Dahl, who invented the smooth stones that were packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding, was 78.

10. WHY GETTING TO THE FINAL FOUR WON'T BE AS COSTLY FOR PARENTS

That's because the NCAA is helping pay for families of athletes to travel and see their sons and daughters play in the biggest college basketball games of the season.

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