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2 in custody on drug charges (10/24/14)
BENTON - A Scott City man is facing an array of charges following a high speed chase that reached speeds of 105 miles per hour. Matthew Angel Lowe, 38, is charged with the felonies of driving while revoked/suspended, resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person and misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway when the roadway was of sufficient width, exceeding the posted speed limit by 25 miles an hour or more, and failure to stop for a stop sign.. ...
Scott City man is in custody after high speed chase (10/24/14)
BENTON -- A Scott City man is facing an array of charges following a high speed chase that reached speeds of 105 miles per hour. Matthew Angel Lowe, 38, is charged with the felonies of driving while revoked/suspended, resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person and misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway when the roadway was of sufficient width, exceeding the posted speed limit by 25 miles an hour or more, and failure to stop for a stop sign.. ...
Cotton harvesting season (10/24/14)
The recent dry weather has enabled farmers to get back in their fields to harvest their crops.
Local, state haunted attractions offer some Halloween fright (10/24/14)
news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Looking to get a little spooked this Halloween? Some groups have organized haunt events locally and across the state to add a little fright to the holiday. For its seventh season, the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce will offer New Madrid Ghost Tours will be offered Friday and Saturday with tours at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m...
All concerned parties are happy with drainage plan (10/24/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- With the Missouri Department of Transportation on board now, drainage problems on State Highway 62 west of Charleston, just south of the T-Intersection with Highway 77, should be a thing of the past. "It has been taken care of," Mississippi County Commissioner Darrell Jones said during the Commission's regular weekly meeting Thursday, "and the state is involved."...
  • After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Officials tried to tamp down New Yorkers' fears Friday after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola in a city where millions of people squeeze into crowded subways, buses and elevators every day....
  • Putin accuses US of undermining global stability
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The United States is destabilizing the global world order by trying to enforce its will, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries....
  • Officer critical but stable after hatchet attack
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding man remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday....
  • WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March
    LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March....
  • Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Authorities and ordinary Canadians sifted through confounding shards of a gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power....
The Latest from our Columnists
Administration fails to show leadership
If I didn't know better, I'd think the President was intentionally trying to torpedo Democrats' hope of holding Senate control in next month's midterm elections. For an administration prone to missteps, the past few weeks have raised the bar on the apparent rudderless ship of state...
Aging can have its privileges
I have heard the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," many, many times. I'm not sure that's true because the more I age, the more I find I learn. I, of course, am learning the basics of aging. Number one, the more gray hairs you pull the more that grow back. I also have learned the phrase, "back when I was a kid."...
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. CANADA VOWS NOT TO BE INTIMIDATED BY TERROR

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the Parliament Hill shooting was a terrorist act.

2. GLIMPSES OF NORTH KOREAN LIFE CAUGHT ON RARE TRIP

Two AP reporters embark on an unprecedented tour for 1,300 miles in the isolationist nation that's one of the least-known inhabited places on the planet.

3. US TO TRACK EVERYONE COMING FROM EBOLA NATIONS

It's the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

4. MANY DOUBT HOSPITALS CAN HANDLE EBOLA PATIENTS

An AP-GfK poll shows most Americans have some confidence that the health care system can prevent the spread of the deadly disease--they just don't think local facilities are prepared for new cases.

5. MAN CAUGHT AFTER JUMPING OVER WHITE HOUSE FENCE

The incident comes shortly after another fence jumper sprinted across the White House lawn, past armed uniformed agents and entered the mansion.

6. WHO'S FUNDING MANY STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES

Much of the ad money spent on election measures this season comes from corporations--although not in a direct way.

7. KENNY G'S SMOOTH TUNES CAUGHT IN HONG KONG CONFLICT

The jazz star had to distance himself from the democracy protests in the territory in order not to lose face with China, where he is very popular.

8. WHICH STATES ARE DENYING GAY UNIONS DESPITE COURT RULINGS

Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex marriage to go ahead without a specific court order directing them to do so.

9. WHAT'S BECOMING ROUTINE FOR RENTERS

Monthly surcharges for pets _ anywhere from $10 to $50 _ are quickly becoming the norm in apartments in the U.S.

10. CIGARETTE MAKER SNUFFING OUT SMOKING IN ITS WORKPLACES

The ban will take effect once Reynolds American builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, a spokesman says.

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