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Community outreach: CBC's new building designed to be catalyst for community (03/25/17)
SIKESTON -- The Rev. L.J. Nabors, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, stood by the front door of the church's newest addition, the Family Life Outreach Center. Nabors smiled broadly as he welcomed the visitors during the center's open house. The center, he explained, began with his vision to do something for the community...
Sikeston woman arrested on felony drug charges (03/25/17)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston woman faces felony drug charges following her arrest Thursday. Shandail M. Donner, 35, is charged with two counts of felony delivery of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid; misdemeanor possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less; and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to online court records...
Morley man facing felony drug charges (03/24/17)
BENTON, Mo. -- A Morley man is facing felony drug charges after a search warrant was executed Wednesday. According to a release from Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury, Michael G. Rysdam, 49, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, all three felony charges...
Kelly schools launch new app (03/24/17)
BENTON, Mo. -- The latest news, information and announcements for Scott County R-4 schools are now available at the fingertips of those who download the district's very own app. On March 9, the Scott County R-4 "Kelly" School District in Benton launched the app which is available for free on iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry or Windows devices. Since announcing the app to the district, over 820 people have downloaded the app...
65th rodeo will see some new, returning favorites (03/24/17)
SIKESTON -- Those attending the 65th Annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo in August will see some new and returning favorites. The 2017 Rodeo Chairman Blake Wethington announced at the Sikeston Regional Chamber meeting Thursday afternoon that the Budweiser Clydesdales will come to this year's rodeo...
  • Kayaker faces tough conditions on Great Lakes journey
    GRINDSTONE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A Missouri kayaker who's trying to paddle the Great Lakes is waiting for conditions to clear before she gets back in the water after trouble in Lake Huron....
  • Missouri lawmakers return to pro-business agenda next week
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- At the halfway point of the 2017 session, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature has made some progress toward a pledged pro-business agenda, but it still has work to do on many of its priorities....
  • Man gets life term for 2015 St. Louis shooting death
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2015 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend....
  • Activist gets probation for Ferguson-linked freeway protest
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- An activist who helped shut down a St. Louis-area freeway during protests commemorating the first anniversary of Michael Brown's police shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been sentenced to probation....
  • Effort to stop right to work dealt blow in Missouri court
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge ruled that the wording of a summary for a proposed ballot measure to overturn right to work is not accurate and he rewrote the measure to ask voters if they want to force employees to make payments to labor unions as a condition of employment....
  • Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States....
  • Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform....
  • Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans....
  • London attacker taught English in Saudi Arabia for 2 years
    LONDON (AP) -- The British man who killed four people during a London rampage had made three trips to Saudi Arabia: He taught English there twice on a work visa and returned on a visa usually granted to those going on a religious pilgrimage....
  • Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown
    DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections....
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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. OBAMA HONORS LAO CULTURE

Aiming to cement closer ties with the Southeast Asian nation, the U.S. president tours a Buddhist temple and takes questions from young people at a town hall-styled event.

2. TRUMP, CLINTON POISED FOR 'COMMANDER IN CHIEF' EVENT

The presidential candidates will appear at separate times and will not face each other on stage during a national security-themed forum on NBC.

3. NEWTON SWEEPS TOWARD MEXICO'S U.S. BORDER

Now a tropical storm as it makes landfall in mainland Mexico, it could bring potentially dangerous rains for Arizona and New Mexico.

4. WHERE THERE'S PEACE BUT EXTREME POVERTY

The Wakhan corridor, Afghanistan's most peaceful region, is so poor that people get food on credit or barter for it, and kids go barefoot during long, harsh winters.

5. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CYBER BREACH SPELLED OUT

A congressional report lays out a series of missed opportunities to delay or even prevent one of the worst-ever cyberattacks on a U.S. government agency.

6. UNICEF SAYS 28 MILLION CHILDREN UPROOTED BY GLOBAL CONFLICT

The U.N. agency adds that nearly as many have abandoned their homes in search of a better life.

7. VENEZUELAN ECONOMIC CRISIS LEADS TO THE UNTHINKABLE

Food shortages and rising poverty are forcing Venezuelans to let their pets starve or abandon them in the streets.

8. NEW LAW ALLOWS FEMALE WWII PILOT TO BE INURNED AT ARLINGTON

It took an act of Congress, but Elaine Harmon is finally being laid to rest at the U.S. military cemetery.

9. WHAT TECH GIANT MAY HAVE IN STORE

Apple is expected to show off new iPhones, an updated smartwatch -- and maybe some new gear for listening to both -- when it holds its annual fall product launch event.

10. COAST GUARD'S LAST LIGHTKEEPER LOOKS TO MILESTONE

Boston Light, the nation's first and oldest lighthouse station, turns 300 on Sept. 14 and Sally Snowman, the Coast Guard's last resident keeper, is helping with celebrations.

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