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NORANDA RATE CUT DENIED (08/21/14)
Utility regulators won't agree to cutting electric rates by 25 percent for Noranda Aluminum
Smith taking part in Farm Tour (08/21/14)
BENTON -- "With every stop I'm learning something. The diversity in agriculture in our district is unreal," said Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith as his second day of his annual Farm Tour got underway on Wednesday. Smith, who had just completed a tour of the Tribute Dairy Farm in Scott County, was on his way to Charleston to tour Concept Ag-Seed and later in the day would be at the AC Riley Cotton Gin. ...
Benton man dies in plane crash (08/21/14)
PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Benton, Mo., man died Wednesday in West Tennessee when the crop dusting plane he was piloting went down. Decatur County Emergency Management Director Kevin Cagle said the plane crashed about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Bible Hill community in the northern part of the county, about five miles north of Parsons...
Caruthersville police investigate disturbance (08/21/14)
CARUTHERSVILLE -- Police are investigating a disturbance that took place in Caruthersville on Wednesday night. According to the Caruthersville Police Department, officers took two reports of a group of black males walking and throwing rocks at vehicles, causing damage to the vehicles between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday...
'The Flight TV' aims to give back to community with youth event (08/20/14)
SIKESTON -- Area youth will have the opportunity to participate in a skeet shoot this weekend while mingling -- and taking lessons from -- the hosts of a national waterfowl hunting show. In an effort to give back to the Sikeston community and surrounding areas, "The Flight TV," a national television show on DirecTV and Dish Network, will host a child-parent free skeet shoot beginning at 10 a.m. ...
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago....
  • Prosecutor urges Gov. Nixon to decide on removal
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster....
  • Opening of new Joplin High School delayed
    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center will not open as scheduled on Monday....
  • Man sentenced to 40 years for Columbia death
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Columbia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man....
  • Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb....
  • Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader says the group was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip....
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach....
  • Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace....
  • Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services....
  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos
    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....
The Latest from our Columnists
Chaos in Ferguson is disservice to victim, family, community
I was a college student in Memphis the night Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. And as you would imagine, the events of that fateful day remain vivid in my memory after all of these years. The entire community of Memphis was both shocked and saddened by the tragic event. But the sadness quickly turned to anger which turned to chaos and eventually self-destructive actions...
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. U.S. HAS NO GOOD OPTION TO PROTECT SECOND JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

After the Islamic State beheaded reporter James Foley, the White House must decide how it will tackle the terrorist group bearing in mind it's holding another American citizen.

2. BLACK LEADERS CALM FERGUSON CROWDS

Many of the volunteers trying to ease tensions in the St. Louis suburb tell angry protesters that looting and violence will overshadow Michael Brown's killing.

3. GAZA TRUCE TALKS COLLAPSE INTO VIOLENCE

An Egyptian effort to end the monthlong war between Israel and Hamas failed once again as Palestinian militants fire dozens of rockets and Israel responds with airstrikes, killing 10.

4. U.S. CHANGING NO-FLY LIST RULES

AP's Eileen Sullivan reports that the Obama administration vows to change the way air travelers can ask to be removed from the catalog of suspected terrorists.

5. HOW THE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE IN NEW ORLEANS IS CHANGING

Some are hailing the rising number of charter schools as a grand experiment but others say they are out of poorer and minority families' reach.

6. NORMALITY ELUSIVE FOR UKRAINE'S BESIEGED EAST

Donetsk, which is the region's industrial center, is craving a return to normal life but is held captive to the ongoing war between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

7. NFL'S VETERAN STARS DEFY AGE LABEL

Many players who are in their thirties shrug off jokes and gray hairs to stay in the game.

8. WHERE FLOODING IS STUNNING RESIDENTS

Dramatic scenes of submerged roads and rescue operations are stunning communities in Phoenix which is seeing record rainfall.

9. LIBERIA IMPOSES CURFEW IN EBOLA-STRINKEN SLUM

The country's president also ordered security forces to quarantine the neighborhood, home to at least 50,000 people.

10. WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF THE LATEST NORTH KOREAN INSULT

Pyongyang is calling John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw" in the latest slur targeted at American officials by the hostile nation.

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