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Charleston man killed (04/19/14)
CHARLESTON - A Charleston man was shot and killed Friday afternoon. Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes said his department received a 911 call at 3 p.m. Friday about shots fired on North Elm Street near Mark Twain Park. For the complete article and more stories from the Standard Democrat, log in to our electronic edition...
YMCA of Southeast Missouri has meaningful impact on the area (04/19/14)
SIKESTON -- To some, the YMCA is seen as just a gym or a place to work out. But the YMCA of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston is much more. From friendship to youth sports leagues to classes and different programs, the YMCA has impacted the Sikeston community in many different ways...
Prisoner attempts to conceal 'brass knuckles' at jail (04/19/14)
CHARLESTON -- A man being booked into the Mississippi County Detention Center was discovered with "brass knuckles" and illegal drugs leading to additional charges. John Leon Groves, 30, of Charleston, is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. May 14 for a preliminary hearing on charges of possession of a weapon or dangerous item in a county jail, which is a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance in a county jail, a class C felony...
'Carry the Cross' crosses state, nation and maybe the world (04/19/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Described by the founder as a global movement of believers, Carry the Cross may have gone international Friday. "This is the fourth year of Carry the Cross," said Harriet Craig, associate pastor of the Life Church in Sikeston. "It is something my husband David got the inspiration for."...
Three arrested for murder (04/18/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE - Three people are charged in the murder of a rural Portageville man and two others are in custody facing charges related to the case. Gunner Lee Pind, 28, Kevin Slayton, 17, and Cody Edward LeGrand, 18, of Portageville are charged with the death of Roy Clifton Jerrolds, 60. who lived on Route T, near Portageville. Jerrolds was found shot to death inside his burning home on April 10...
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians....
  • Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election....
  • Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan....
  • Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds....
  • Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
    PARIS (AP) -- Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?...
Israel releases Palestinian cleric (05/08/13)
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say they have released the top Muslim cleric in the holy land after several hours of questioning over disturbances at a disputed Jerusalem holy site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, was released on Wednesday afternoon...
Italy cargo ship slams into Genoa port, kills 7 (05/08/13)
ROME (AP) -- Rescue workers in diving gear found seven bodies Wednesday in the wreckage after a cargo ship slammed into the dock at Genoa, toppling the busy Italian port's control tower into the harbor. Four people were hospitalized and two others remained unaccounted for, Luca Cari, spokesman for the fire rescue teams at the scene, told The Associated Press...
The Latest from our Columnists
Reading the results of Tuesday's votes
I assume it is appropriate to dissect the election results from the school bond issue defeated soundly by Sikeston voters this week. I supported the bond issue despite my belief that the $33 million price tag was going to provide a substantial challenge for passage...
My life isn't another action film
Every since I was little I have been a movie buff. Even in the first grade I was giving movie reviews to classmates. "Can you believe Darff Vader was Luke's daddy?" But as I get older and older and older and... well you get it, I am noticing the parts of movies that make them so far fetched. And I'm not talking about men flying around with capes and tights and wars in space. I know that stuff is real...
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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. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENY CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history.

4. WHAT'S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on "Obamacare" enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver's pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN' THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.

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