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Two face charges in fatal shooting (10/31/14)
CHARLESTON - Two men are charged in connection with the shooting death of a Charleston man. Demarcus Owens, 23, and Ronatavious Clark, 17, of Charleston were arrested by officers with the Charleston Department of Public Safety and the Missouri Highway Patrol in connection with the April 18 murder of Anthony Fisher. They were taken into custody Thursday evening, according to Charleston DPS Director Robert Hearnes...
Halloween at the Standard Democrat (10/31/14)
The employees at the Standard Democrat dressed up for Halloween on Friday. The Standard wants to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.
Happy Halloween (10/31/14)
An eerie fog hangs over the tombstones at the Sikeston City Cemetery as the sun comes up.
Red Ribbon Week (10/31/14)
The Fire Pup entertains students at Southeast Elementary in Sikeston on Thursday during the annual Red Ribbon Week parade. Students were able to tour vehicles and talk with representatives from Sikeston Department of Public Safety and Fire Divisions, Scott County Sheriff's Department and South Scott County Ambulance District. Students also received visits from McGruff Dog and the Sikeston Bulldog...
Altrusa dinner auction will honor USO (10/31/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Another opportunity to enjoy fine wine and fine dining while supporting a worthy cause is right around the corner. "Celebrating the USO with Altrusa" is the theme for Altrusa International of Sikeston's 14th annual dinner auction scheduled Nov. 8 at the Clinton Building in Sikeston...
  • 88-year-old Missouri man charged with killing wife
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- An 88-year-old central Missouri man has been charged with fatally stabbing his 86-year-old wife....
  • Sharpton calls for federal prosecution in Ferguson
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With a grand jury decision and a local election looming, the Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis on Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson....
  • Murder charge dropped in prayer group death
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two years after the lifeless body of a young suburban Kansas City woman was found inside a locked minivan near a lake, prosecutors on Friday dropped a first-degree murder charge against the man who told police he had killed her....
  • Telemarketer banned from calling Missourians
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A pair of telemarketing firms that repeatedly violated Missouri's no-call law have agreed to a permanent ban on calling any Missourians....
  • Prosecutors soon to get report on police shooting
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A new unit that investigates police shootings will soon send its report on an 18-year-old's death to prosecutors, according to the St. Louis police chief....
  • Superheroes, hazmat suits in NY Halloween parade
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Bloody zombies lumbered alongside superheroes, cowboys shared the road with villains and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoked the Ebola crisis as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its freewheeling way through downtown Manhattan on Friday....
  • Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight
    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week....
  • Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting
    SEATTLE (AP) -- One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities from the moment when a student opened fire in a cafeteria a week ago....
  • 2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava
    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) -- Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow....
  • Early votes exceed 15 million _ but who benefits?
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake....
The Latest from our Columnists
Do we drive the polls or do polls drive us?
Why do the polls show that next week's all-important mid-term elections remain extremely close? By just about any measure, the critical Senatorial match-ups should be a slam dunk for the Republicans, especially given the unpopularity of the administration...
Yardwork score: Plants 10, me 0
I'm not one for doing any kind of yard work. If I had my way, I would concrete my yard and put down AstroTurf. For me the best way to do yard work is to put on a hat and some old clothes and watch as someone else does it. Unfortunately, that can get pricey...
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. AMBUSH SUSPECT CAUGHT, FACES DEATH PENALTY CHARGES

A survivalist accused of a fatal attack on a Pennsylvania State Trooper is captured by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt.

2. AFRICAN RESPONSE TO EBOLA CRISIS QUESTIONED

The African Union chairman belatedly visited virus-hit West African nations last week _ a late response indicative of the continent's marginal contributions to fighting the epidemic.

3. MORE KURDISH FORCES EXPECTED IN SYRIA

Up to 150 peshmerga troops who have traveled from Iraq are expected in the embattled border town of Kobani, as Kurds aim to reverse gains by Islamic State militants.

4. MEDICARE BOUGHT MEDS FOR DECEASED

AP's Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar finds that Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even a month after patients had died.

5. SORRY, NO ROOM ON THE TUBE

Last-minute ads in New Hampshire are in so much demand that campaigns are being told TV slots are overbooked.

6. WHY ASIAN MARKETS ARE SOARING

Japan's stock index surges 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery.

7. HALLOWEEN COULD BE MORE EXPENSIVE NEXT YEAR

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is on the rise, and the nation's biggest candy makers warn of price hikes next year.

8. LOOK WHO'S TURNING 40

The enduring success of the Hello Kitty character is due in part to her successful evolution with her market over four decades.

9. FUGGEDABOUTIT! TAYLOR SWIFT FAILS TO WIN OVER NEW YORKERS

They question her street cred and mock the videos she made for the city's tourism agency, NYC & Company.

10. A NIGHT NOT BEFIT FOR A KING

The New York Knicks surprise the Cavaliers 95-90, spoiling LeBron James' emotional return to Cleveland.

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