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Sale of tax credits will help keep Food Bank on the road (09/17/14)
SIKESTON -- Helping the Southeast Missouri Food Bank today can bring a tax break in the future. The Missouri Department of Economic Development approved the local food bank and four others for tax credits under the Neighborhood Assistance Program. NAP helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects...
Charleston man gets 15 years for bank robbery (09/17/14)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Charleston man will spend 15 years in federal prison for robbing a bank. Deidrick Reed, 26, was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 96 months on one felony count of making a false bomb threat and one felony count of armed bank robbery. Reed also received a consecutive sentence of 84 months for using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He appeared Monday before United States District Judge John A. Ross...
Man facing drug charges after catching on fire (09/17/14)
By Staff report news@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- When a Dexter man finally gets out of the hospital, he is likely to face yet another problem: drug charges. It was about 8:30 p.m. when the Sikeston Department of Public Safety was advised of a call reporting what a witness thought must be the result a traffic accident: a man on fire out in front of Walmart...
Local VFW's Ladies Auxiliary will deliver donations to VA hospital (09/17/14)
scottw@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Socks and shirts might not seem like a big deal to some people but to someone without a home it can make a big difference. The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174 have gathered donations of these basic clothing items many might take for granted and are working to arrange a time to bring them to those that need them...
MoDOT to hold public meeting to discuss improvements to Route C in Mississippi County (09/17/14)
CHARLESTON - The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4-6 p.m. Thursday to discuss improvements to Route C in Mississippi County. The meeting will be held at the Delta Growers Association in Charleston, located at 313 South Route 105...
  • Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
    SYDNEY (AP) -- Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday....
  • Scots decide whether to declare independence
    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided....
  • A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears....
  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
  • Dance workout puts moves on women's self-esteem
    NEW YORK (AP) -- When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck....
The Latest from our Columnists
Doomsday words are just partisan politics
"The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...
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. WHAT U.S. LAWMAKERS ARE READY TO OK

The House is set to approve Obama's plan to order training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels in a bid to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

2. OBAMA CALLS EBOLA GLOBAL SECURITY THREAT

The president intends to send up to 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa and the government could end up devoting $1 billion to containing the disease.

3. GAZA WIDOW OFFERS INSIGHT INTO WORLD OF SPIES

The woman's account to the AP of collaborating with Israel gives rare insight into the secret espionage side of its war with Hamas.

4. WHY AMERICANS ARE LURED TO NORTH KOREA

The air of hostile mystery surrounding the country is one thing that has inspired several U.S. citizens to try to cross its heavily militarized border.

5. WHO KEEPS CLOSE WATCH ON SCOTLAND

Quebec's separatists are keen to find out if the Scottish independence movement has learned from their failed attempts to break away from Canada.

6. BIG BREAK IN PENNSYLVANIA AMBUSH PROBE

Inside the suspect's abandoned SUV, investigators find evidence they say ties him to the shooting that killed one trooper and critically wounded another.

7. SEN. RUBIO ADOPTS ROLE OF FOREIGN POLICY HAWK

The potential Republican presidential candidate is set to deliver a major national security speech in which he is expected to call for increased defense spending.

8. TAKE IT EASY ON THE WEED

This is what Colorado pot shoppers are being told in a new ad blitz which aims to reduce overconsumption of pot and overcome stoner stereotypes.

9. HARLEY-DAVIDSON CULTURAL ICON TO BE AUCTIONED

It is estimated that one of the most recognizable motorcycles of all time will bring between $1 million and $1.2 million at its Oct. 18 sale.

10. VIKINGS PLACE ADRIAN PETERSON ON EXEMPT LIST

The move will require the star running back to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

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