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Sikeston R-6 staff, students observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (10/01/14)
SIKESTON -- Several Sikeston R-6 staff members and students glowed in gold Tuesday in observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Registered nurse Nikki Vaught, who is the health services coordinator for the R-6 district, initially asked staff and students to wear gold on the last day of the month to raise awareness across the district and the community...
October Calendar Girl (10/01/14)
Anastasia Oliver, a finalist in the 2013 Miss Sikeston contest, is the October Standard Democrat Calendar Girl. The daughter of Michael and Mary Oliver, she is a 2014 graduate of Sikeston High School and is attending Southeast Missouri State University, majoring in counseling and psychology. (Jill Bock, Staff)...
Friendly field to be located at the Sikeston Sports Complex (10/01/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- An addition to the Sikeston Sports Complex will be all about friendship, not competition. The Sikeston City Council approved building a field for Challenger Baseball during its monthly briefing session Monday...
Council approves large road salt purchase (10/01/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With another bad winter forecast, the Sikeston City Council doubled down on the Department of Public Works' request for road salt. Jay Lancaster, public works director, received authorization to buy 200 tons of rock salt by the Council during Monday's monthly briefing session...
Sikeston woman faces jail contraband charges (10/01/14)
CHARLESTON - A Sikeston woman is facing charges after attempting to sneak illegal drugs into the Mississippi County Detention Center. Charity Sue Carey, 41, is charged with one count of delivery and possession of a controlled substance within the county jail, a class C felony...
  • Review of Missouri education standards divisive
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Parents and teachers are hoping for the best but bracing for what could be months of fighting over education standards for Missouri schoolchildren....
  • Tragedy again hits St. Louis County high school
    EUREKA, Mo. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Eureka High School senior has died from injuries suffered in a car wreck, marking the third time in just over one year that the school has lost a community member to a roadway fatality....
  • FBI audit shows details of St. Louis Co. fraud
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- An FBI audit of a former St. Louis County health administrator's fraudulent spending shows that the official spent public money on landscaping, kennels, child care, groceries and magazine subscriptions....
  • Report: Midwest economic growth slower this fall
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The economy will likely grow more slowly this fall in nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Wednesday....
  • Missouri lawmaker wants referendum on lottery
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl wants to let voters decide whether to abolish the state lottery, which he calls an "unstable and "inefficient" funding source for public education....
  • New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West....
  • Senior Republican wants Secret Service chief out
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior Republican lawmaker called for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign, and a senior Democrat said he is not comfortable with her leading the agency, as support for Pierson eroded Wednesday in the wake of her poorly received testimony about the White House break-in....
  • Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities....
  • Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
    HONG KONG (AP) -- Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned they will step up their actions if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday, possibly occupying several important government buildings....
  • Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca
    MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked....
  • Correction: Buffalo Silos-Beer Ad story
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- In a story Sept. 30 about a beer advertisement being installed on grain silos, The Associated Press erroneously reported the company that paid for the ad. The ad was paid for by Buffalo-based Labatt USA, not Toronto-based Labatt Breweries....
  • New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding
    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding....
  • Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
    BEIJING (AP) -- The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks....
  • Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember
    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York boy and his cat, a principal and her dog - and lasers....
  • FTC to retailers: Drop your caffeinated drawers
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back....
  • Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors....
  • Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn't be found....
  • Police nab suspect after he's invited into home
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities in Northern California have arrested a fraud suspect accused of evading police for more than four hours by befriending a homeowner who invited him into his home for a meal....
  • Falcon has cataract surgery, gets new lenses
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses....
  • Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest....
The Latest from our Columnists
War on Poverty has gone down in defeat
Any time the federal government declares a "War on....", you can bet your bottom dollar - or tax dollar in most cases - the outcome will be utter failure at a massive taxpayer expense. The long-ago declared War on Drugs has turned into full surrender with nary a dip in the drug usage or availability after massive resources for law enforcement, education and an array of other tools...
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...
Duke the Wonder Horse
Duke was a five-gated pinto. A pinto is a horse that has a coat color of white and any other color. For those of us who are not horse experts, many different breeds of horses have pinto colors. Anyway, when I was a young boy, Duke lived just up the street on Kingshighway in an attractive red barn trimmed out in white. It was surrounded by a dirt yard and a high, wire fence...
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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. EBOLA CASE FUELS CONCERNS FOR LIBERIANS IN TEXAS

The first case of the disease diagnosed in the U.S. sends chills through the West African community in Dallas whose leaders urge caution to prevent spreading the virus.

2. PROTESTERS HECKLE HONG KONG LEADER

Upset that Leung Chun-ying has refused to meet them, activists threaten to expand their demonstrations unless he resigns and the Chinese leadership agrees to broader electoral reforms.

3. TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 7 IN KABUL

The two attacks take place just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.

4. AIRSTRIKES LAUNCHED AMID INTELLIGENCE GAPS

As it bombs Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon also operates under less restrictive targeting rules than those Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

5. WHO TRIES TO FIND HIS ECONOMIC VOICE AGAIN

Obama will draw new attention to the nation's recovery from the Great Recession with a speech at Northwestern University, linking U.S. stature abroad to the strong economy at home.

6. NATO'S NEW CHIEF HAS MUCH TO TACKLE

Jens Stoltenberg, who served as Norway's prime minister, is described as "a consensus maker... who builds through small steps and minor measures."

7. WHAT IF HIGH COURT REJECTS GAY MARRIAGE CASES?

If the justices refuse to get involved in the issue right now, it will allow gay and lesbian couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to begin getting married almost immediately.

8. WHICH HOLY CITY IS UNDERGOING AMBITIOUS OVERHAUL

In the mid-2000s, Saudi Arabia launched the biggest transformation in Mecca's history with a series of mega-projects that, though incomplete, have already reshaped its centuries-old neighborhoods.

9. APP TEACHES KINDERGARTNERS BASIC COMPUTER CODING

With ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump, talk and change size.

10. PAYPAL'S POTENTIAL FIRST SOLO MOVE

Some analysts say the company could be a takeover target.

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