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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Pemiscot County Jail chosen to house prisoners from New Madrid County (07/23/14)
By Staff report news@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID - The Pemiscot County Jail will house prisoners from New Madrid County - at least for the next six months. At their Monday meeting, the New Madrid County Commission accepted the bid of $30 per prisoner per day from Pemiscot County. New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens was in the process Tuesday of moving the county's prisoners from the Scott County Jail, which had housed prisoners for the county since July 2, to Pemiscot County...
Health camp for local high schoolers offered in Sikeston (07/23/14)
SIKESTON -- Area high school students interested in pursuing careers in the health field will have the chance to gain some hands-on experience and knowledge during a two-day camp later this month in Sikeston. Set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30-31 at Sikeston High School, the 2014 Missouri Area (Health Education Center) Science and Health "M*A*S*H" Camps is offered to local teens in ninth through 12th grades...
Preliminary hearing set in second degree murder case (07/23/14)
NEW MADRID - A preliminary hearing is scheduled in September for a woman accused in the death of a Sikeston man. Savannah R. Davis will return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 for her preliminary hearing on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action. Davis is charged in the July 11 death of John Sharber...
Meth labs found in Sikeston residence (07/23/14)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston woman is in jail facing felony charges for meth labs found in her home. Sherrie Jane Hamlin, 44, is charged by the Scott County Prosecutor's Office with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony, and the class D felonies of possessing meth precursors with intent to manufacture meth and possession of meth paraphernalia...
Plat needed for subdivision; county water recommended (07/23/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Even without a planning and zoning commission, there are still requirements for subdivisions in Scott County. Tom Beardslee, addressing officer for the county, advised commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday of a request to assign a street name for subdivision to be located off of County Road 346 on the north side of Highway 77 near Kelly High School...
  • Missouri Lottery gave less to education in 2014
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Despite record sales, the Missouri Lottery provided less money to education during the recently concluded state budget year, leading Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday to order a review of the agency....
  • Town and Country man pleads guilty to mail fraud
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis County man who claimed to own land in southeast Missouri that he planned to sell to Wal-Mart has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud involving more than $1 million in improper loans....
  • Man fatally stabbed in St. Louis; woman charged
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 24-year-old woman is facing murder charges after a man was stabbed to death in St. Louis....
  • SSM, doctor involved in surgery error to part ways
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis health care company is parting ways with a neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman's brain last year....
  • 2 companies moving from Kansas to Missouri
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has apparently won another round in the continuing border war with Kansas that involves using tax incentives to entice businesses to move across the state line that runs through the Kansas City metropolitan area....
  • Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities....
  • US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis....
  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received....
  • Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial....
  • Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
    EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind....
The Latest from our Columnists
Administration's policies fail to revive sagging US economy
Despite the White House assessment last week that the Obama foreign policy has brought a new "global tranquility," the headlines would say otherwise. You would have to search long and hard to find "tranquility" across the world that is being touted by this administration...
I'll worship the real sun god
The summer usually involves plenty of days of swimming and lake trips, leaving me with a bronze tan, the kind you see in statues made of Greek gods. Minus the muscles and fictitious physique, of course. Unfortunately this summer, Mother Nature has not cooperated and the number of days out in the sun has been limited. This has left me looking pasty with a trip to the beach coming up in a few weeks. That can mean only one thing -- sunburn on vacation...
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. THE FINAL DAYS AND HOURS OF FLIGHT 17'S PASSENGERS

The Boeing 777 traveling from Amsterdam to Malaysia held the promise of beginnings and endings for many on board: the thrill of a new adventure or dream vacation for some, and the comfort of going back home for others.

2. BODIES OF SOME VICTIMS OF DOWNED JET LEAVE UKRAINE

The Netherlands declares a national day of mourning to receive the remains of 60 of the 298 people who perished in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

3. WHERE SHUTTLE DIPLOMACY HAS TAKEN JOHN KERRY

The secretary of state is in Jerusalem and Ramallah to hold meetings with its top leaders in an effort to broker a Middle East cease-fire.

4. IN MIDEAST, A BATTLE TO CONTROL THE MESSAGE

Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting in the latest Israeli-Palestinian war.

5. GETTING A ROOMMATE: IT'S NOT JUST FOR THE YOUNG AND BROKE

Home-sharing programs around the country allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.

6. WHY NYPD'S' BROKEN WINDOW' POLICY IS FACING CRITICISM

The chokehold custody death of one person who was suspected of selling loose cigarettes is dealing a blow to the police's attempt to go after smaller crimes in order to prevent bigger ones.

7. HOUSE, SENATE TAKING SEPARATE COURSES ON IMMIGRATION

Lawmakers from both parties are slashing President Obama's request for $3.7 bln to deal with the issue of unaccompanied minors--but a compromise plan may not emerge from that.

8. HOW 'OBAMACARE' IS FACING A FRESH CHALLENGE

Financial aid for millions of health care enrollees can be provided only in states that have set up their own insurance exchanges, a court declares.

9. CHRISTIANS PAINT DIRE PICTURE OF LIFE UNDER ISLAMISTS

They say they left their belongings behind and fled the Iraqi city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam under a deadline imposed by the extremists.

10. MICHAEL SAM TAKES THE FIELD

The NFL's first openly gay draftee _ participating in the first practice for Rams' rookies _ says his focus is on making the team.

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