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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)
One arrested in marijuana bust (08/30/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man is facing felony drug dealing charges following a warrant search of his home Friday morning. Orlando Sheron, 36, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a class B felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony...
Oran man faces drug charges (08/30/14)
BENTON -- An Oran area man was arrested Thursday on drug-related charges. Joshua Allen Freeman, 29, is charged with the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and the class A misdemeanor of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said about noon Thursday, Deputy Danny Finley responded to a residence on State Highway 91 to assist Senior Deputy Matt Scroggins. ...
Local musician makes Grand Ole Opry debut (08/30/14)
leonnah@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After making his debut last week on the Grand Ole Opry stage, local musician Danny Tetley said his bucket list is one item shorter. Tetley of the local band Caney Creek was invited to play the drums while singer Billy Gilman performed two songs Aug. 22 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville...
  • Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early
    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage....
  • Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage
    HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive....
  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago....
  • Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 45 Fijian troops....
  • Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine....
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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