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Replacing old, adding new canopies on SHS campus among maintenance crew's biggest summer jobs (07/29/16)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 maintenance staff are taking advantage of empty school buildings and campuses this summer as they complete multiple projects throughout the district. Mike Brown, R-6 director of building and grounds, said among the biggest projects he and his crew face is replacing old and adding new walkway canopies on the high school campus toward the Sikeston Field House and Math and Science Center...
Only local Democrats have opponents in New Madrid County primary (07/29/16)
NEW MADRID, Mo. - While the Republican, Democratic and even the Libertarian ballots feature races for statewide office, New Madrid County voters who want to decide on who will fill countywide offices will need to pick up Democratic ballot on Aug. 2...
Renewal of existing sales tax on ballot in Sikeston (07/29/16)
SIKESTON - On Tuesday, Sikeston voters will be asked to renew collection of an existing sales tax on the purchase of motorized products. "This tax is strictly a continuation of what is taxed now," said City Manager Jonathan Douglass. According to a newsletter from the city's website, the tax applies only to residents who purchase motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors from out-of-state retailers, as well as person-to-person sales...
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.
  • Governor: 4 Zika cases likely came from Florida mosquitoes
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's governor said Friday the state likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland....
  • Clinton to nation: It's a 'moment of reckoning'
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hillary Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics must convince voters that she, rather than Republican rival Donald Trump, can bring a deeply divided nation together....
  • US GDP grows a weak 1.2 percent in second quarter
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves....
  • Police: 1 San Diego cop killed, another wounded in shooting
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- One police officer died and another was wounded after being shot in a San Diego neighborhood, authorities said early Friday....
  • Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive "so much cruelty"
    OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God "forgiveness for so much cruelty."...
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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