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Scouts at work (08/01/14)
Sikeston Boy Scout Gavin Stoner (right) gets plasma cutting instructions from David Durham while working on his Metalworking Merit Badge Thursday evening at the Sikeston Career and Technology Center. This was the third year for the program and drew some 42 Scouts from eight different units...
Shoppers can 'Stuff the Bus' this Saturday (08/01/14)
SIKESTON -- Shoppers to Wal-Mart in Sikeston this Saturday can help local students receive school supplies this year. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sikeston retailer, residents can drop off school supplies for Scott County Central, New Madrid County R-1, East Prairie and Charleston school districts. The districts will each have a bus parked in the retailer's lot to accept supplies for their students...
Area teens take part in MASH Camp at Sikeston Career and Technology Center (08/01/14)
SIKESTON -- Natalie Vaught sighed with a bit of frustration. The stitches just weren't going in the way she'd wanted -- or the way they were supposed. But the Sikeston teen wasn't giving up. After some assistance from an instructor, Vaught began sewing the stitches into the seam of the banana peel just as she'd been shown...
Officer on the train (08/01/14)
A Sikeston Department of Public Safety officer watches as a train passes the tracks Thursday in Sikeston. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Scott County Sheriff's Office and Sikeston DPS participated in "Officer on the Train" activities from 7:30 a.m. ...
10 Things to Know for Today (08/01/14)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GAZA TRUCE UNRAVELS WITHIN HOURS A three-day cease-fire quickly ends, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the accord. 2. CANTOR STEPPING DOWN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED...
  • Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The City Council in Kansas City has voted unanimously to ban the open carry of firearms, but the law could be stripped by a measure state lawmakers have approved to limit cities' abilities to craft such rules....
  • St. Louis offers temporary help for child migrants
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis political and civic leaders on Friday said they're prepared to join dozens of other major U.S. cities to provide temporary housing for displaced child refugees from Central America....
  • Indictment: Toddler beaten to death over cake
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A 23-year-old St. Louis woman has been indicted by a grand jury in her toddler daughter's beating death....
  • Troy man charged in dispute over abused cat
    TROY, Mo. (AP) -- A 24-year-old Lincoln County man faces a felony assault charge for allegedly breaking the nose of another person who came to the defense of an abused cat....
  • Families await Peace Corps evacuees' homecoming
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Families in the United States expect to be reunited as early as this weekend with some of the more than 300 Peace Corps volunteers being evacuated from three West African nations affected by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history....
  • Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war....
  • US aid workers headed to Atlanta for Ebola care
    NEW YORK (AP) -- When two U.S. aid workers infected with Ebola arrive in Atlanta from Africa, they will be whisked into one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country....
  • Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue
    MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to move them off their talking points....
  • Obama has room to maneuver on immigration changes
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out....
  • Car parts plant blast in China kills 65, hurts 100
    BEIJING (AP) -- Sixty-five people were killed and dozens seriously burned Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that says it supplies General Motors, state media reported....
The Latest from our Columnists
President's policies changing our nation
If Bill Clinton was the first black president then Barack Obama is the first Hispanic president. From all indications, President Obama is on the verge of issuing some extended form of amnesty for unknown numbers of illegal immigrants who have flooded across our southern border...
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. GAZA TRUCE UNRAVELS WITHIN HOURS

A three-day cease-fire quickly ends, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the accord.

2. CANTOR STEPPING DOWN EARLIER THAN EXPECTED

The former House majority leader will reportedly leave Congress Aug. 18 after previously saying he would finish his term in January.

3. HOW AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT OBAMA DIPLOMACY

An AP-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with the president's handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches his low overall approval rating.

4. CIA DIRECTOR COMES UNDER FIRE

Two Democratic congressmen have called on John Brennan to resign after the agency's inspector general sided against him for spying on Senate staffers.

5. GAS BLASTS IN TAIWAN KILL AT LEAST 25

Underground gas explosions rip through the republic's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets.

6. NO IMMIGRATION FIX IN SIGHT

Congress fails to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of unaccompanied minors flocking illegally to the U.S.

7. ONE FALL OUT FROM SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR

Exiled Syrian women and girls are growing more vulnerable to sexual exploitation in Lebanon as their poverty increases, relief workers and refugee women say.

8. GERMANY MIGHT GET "HOUSE OF ONE"

A rabbi, an imam and a priest are working together to build a common house of worship in Berlin.

9.'SHARKNADO 2' SHOWS TEETH IN RATINGS

Some 3.9 million tuned in to the horror spoof sequel _ triple the number who viewed last summer's premiere of the original Syfy film.

10. WHICH ACES ARE SWITCHING TEAMS

At baseball's trade deadline, Tampa Bay sends Cy Young winner David Price to Detroit and Boston ships left-hander Jon Lester to Oakland.

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