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Local teams raise money to fight cancer (04/23/14)
The Sikeston and Charleston baseball teams as well as the Sikeston soccer team took to the field Tuesday night to raise money to help fight cancer.
Annual crawfish boil is Saturday (04/23/14)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Jaycees have had such a success with the Crawfish Boil and Music Festival over the past four years, they are planning for an even bigger crowd this year. "I think this event has grown into an event that everyone can mark their calendars for every spring," said Ross Merideth, chairperson for the Fifth Annual Sikeston Jaycee and Health Facilities Rehab Crawfish Boil and Music Festival. ...
Preliminary hearings scheduled in murder case (04/23/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE - Preliminary hearings for three men charged in the death of a rural Portageville man are set for 10 a.m. May 29 at the Pemiscot County Justice Center. Gunner Lee Pind, 28, Kevin Slayton, 17, and Cody Edward LeGrand, 18, of Portageville appeared in court Monday before Associate Judge Byron D. ...
Sikeston's community cleanup starts on Saturday (04/23/14)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's annual community cleanup campaign will begin April 26 During the nine-day period ending May 4, the Compost Site, located on Compress Road, will be open to Sikeston residents daily from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. City staff will be on site to require proof of residency...
10 Things to Know for Today (04/23/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions...
  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says....
  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country
    MOSCOW (AP) -- The founder of Russia's leading social media network - a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg - has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership....
  • Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jodie Foster is a married woman....
  • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side....
  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) -- An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....
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...
Don't make a fast-food faux pas
I used to be a fast-food connoisseur. "McGreasyBurger's has the best fries. They use just enough salt to mask the greasy taste." Fortunately for my colon and sanity I very seldom eat fast food anymore. One would think it was because I was trying to eat healthier. Instead it was because I didn't want to have a stroke in one of the drive-thru lines...
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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. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions.

2. PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN HOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped in Ukraine's eastern city of Slovyansk.

3. SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN'S IMAGE AT ODDS WITH HANDLING OF DISASTER

One colleague calls ferry Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on board. How did the man with a sterling reputation and glittering gold epaulets abandon a sinking ship full of teenagers?

4. CAIRO BOMB KILLS SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER

A brigadier general dies in the latest attack against Egypt's police force.

5. WHERE OBAMA SEEKS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

The president's Asian tour aims to reassure partners about U.S. commitment to region, while balancing power of a more assertive China.

6. STOWAWAY WENT UNDETECTED FOR HOURS AT AIRPORT

Surveillance video shows teen who flew to Hawaii in wheel well of jetliner was on San Jose airfield seven hours before flight departed.

7. MICHIGAN MAN FOURTH IN US TO GET 'BIONIC EYE'

After years of living with Robert Pontz's blindness, a retinal prosthesis helps him see, prompting his wife to say something she never thought she'd say.

8. VATICAN SET TO CANONIZE REVOLUTIONARY PONTIFF ALONG WITH JOHN PAUL II

John XXIII, fondly remembered as the "Good Pope," ushered in a modern Catholic Church in the 1960s.

9. WHY CALIFORNIA'S DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED

In the nation's most populous and ethnically diverse state-the first to ban using race and ethnicity in college admissions-debate unfolds about reinstating affirmative action.

10. HOW A TWITTER REQUEST BY THE NYPD BACKFIRED

The city's police department asked people to send their photos with officers using (hash)myNYPD. Many tweeted pictures of police brutality instead.

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