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Noranda to layoff 200 in 6 months (09/02/14)
Expansion is also suspended after state panel recently denied cut in electric rates for Noranda
Noranda to layoff 200 in 6 months (09/02/14)
Expansion is also suspended after state panel recently denied cut in electric rates for Noranda
Swim party sign-up shows Scouting's fun factor (09/02/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There's no better time to scout for some fun. Boys in grades 1-5 interested in joining a local Boy Scouts troop and their parents are invited to a free pool party scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston...
Cheaper rate is reason behind sending inmates to Charleston (08/30/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Shopping local often takes a back seat to a better price and better service -- even when it comes to shopping for a jail. Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden explained during Monday's City Council meeting that boarding jail inmates facing city charges in the Mississippi County Detention Center was primarily a financial decision being "$2 a day cheaper."...
September calendar girl (08/30/14)
  • 3 fatally shot, 2 wounded at Kansas City homes
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three people were killed and two others critically wounded in a shooting in a residential neighborhood in south Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon, and police located a missing SUV hours later several miles away....
  • Missouri teacher initiative survives challenge
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge rejected a legal challenge Tuesday to a November ballot proposal that seeks to tie teachers' jobs and salaries to the performance of their students....
  • Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud
    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) -- A man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges....
  • Noranda laying off employees, suspending expansion
    NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) -- Noranda Aluminum Inc. announced Tuesday that it is laying off up to 200 employees and suspending an expansion project at its southeast Missouri smelter because state regulators refused to lower its electricity rates....
  • Respiratory illness hits hundreds of KC-area kids
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City pediatric hospital has treated hundreds of young children for a respiratory illness that has symptoms similar to a common cold that more typically is seen during winter months....
  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women....
  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated
    PHOENIX (AP) -- An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation....
  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:...
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."...
  • Apple: Some nude shots taken from stars' accounts
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apple said Tuesday that hackers obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities by pilfering images from individual accounts rather than through a broader attack on the company's services....
The Latest from our Columnists
Truth, justice taking backseat in Ferguson
I spent far too much of my weekend catching up on the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. It literally took an earthquake to shake the national media away from Ferguson for just a brief moment. And just as quickly, the media swarmed again on the St. Louis suburb for Monday's funeral...
Something's fishy about the Gulf
I just returned from my first trip to see the Gulf of Mexico and I can tell you one thing about the Gulf waters -- they're dangerous. I have visited the Atlantic Ocean on many occasions, splashing around in the salty water without a care in the world. Outside of being chased by a super-aggressive crab with a Napoleon complex, I've never had a problem. But that was the ocean. The Gulf is a different story...
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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. HAMAS KILLS 11 SUSPECTED INFORMERS FOR ISRAEL

A Gaza security official says the 11 men had previously been sentenced by Gaza courts.

2. RUSSIAN AID CONVOY DRIVES INTO UKRAINE

The first trucks cross the Ukrainian border, seemingly without Kiev's approval, after more than a week's delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow.

3. WHY OBAMA FACES COUNTERTERROR DILEMMA

The president may continue helping Iraqi forces to reverse the Islamic State's land grabs, but extremist might also pull back into Syria and regroup.

4. BODIES FROM FLIGHT 17 CRASH ARRIVE IN MALAYSIA

The government urges people to wear black and observe a minute of silence to honor those who died when the Malaysia Airlines aircraft was shot down over Ukraine in July.

5. FERGUSON FALLOUT SPURS CALL FOR POLICE'BODY CAMS'

Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to law-enforcers' work. Still, there are drawbacks.

6. NEW ENGLAND'S YOUNG HAVE NEW CAREER CHOICE

As new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles.

7. CHINA'S ENERGY REVOLUTION HOLDS CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS

The country's gas boom threatens to spew heat-trapping carbon dioxide as the world tries to curb emissions.

8. WHERE DEPORTED MEXICANS FIND NEW LIFE

Many of them take refuge in booming call centers that cater to American consumers.

9. JELL-O LOSES ITS JIGGLE

Despite its enduring place in pop culture, the sales of the dessert have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years and efforts to revitalize them have been a flop.

10. HOW SOME SCHOOLS ARE QUENCHING THIRST FOR REVENUE

Athletic departments are opening taps in college football stadiums that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

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