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Sheriff buys marijuana, arrests four for drug distribution (02/18/17)
WYATT, Mo. -- A person wanting to sell marijuana picked the wrong buyer. Four area residents are facing drug distribution charges following an investigation during which one of the suspects reportedly sold drugs directly to Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson...
Telethon prep: Baby crawl race, outdoor fun zone added to events (02/18/17)
IKESTON -- With just over a month away until the 37th annual Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon, organizers are busy preparing behind the scenes for this year's fundraiser, which will include several new events. Set for March 18-19 at the Sikeston Field House, the "Under the Big Top"-themed event raises funds for the Center which provides pediatric therapy free of charge to children with special needs throughout Southeast Missouri...
Sikeston High students set to become city leaders Friday (02/18/17)
SIKESTON - Sikeston High School students will tackle a true-life problem when they assume the roles of city leaders during the annual "Youth in Government Day." On Friday, 29 students from Sikeston Senior High School will learn about the jobs of mayor, the city council and city and Board of Municipal Utilities staff as part of the Sikeston Optimist Club's "Youth in Government Day." The program, started more than 30 years ago, is designed to promote a greater understanding of local government and the issues elected officials are asked to consider.. ...
Dorena-Hickman Ferry will temporarily halt operation starting Monday (02/18/17)
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. - The Dorena-Hickman Ferry plans to temporarily shut down starting Monday to allow both engines on the ferryboat to be overhauled. According to Keith Todd, public information officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, mechanics plan to be on site at daylight Monday to start work. The overhaul is expected to take about one to two weeks to complete...
National Weather Service calling for record high temperatures on Monday (02/18/17)
SIKESTON - Southeast Missouri could salute President's Day with record warm temperatures. Currently the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to climb above 70 on Monday, which according to climate data recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport since June of 1960 will top a record of 70 degrees set in 1986. The low Monday is expected to be 52 with just a some clouds dotting the skies...
  • Trump's first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- After President Donald Trump's raucous first month in office, Europeans have reacted with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship may be sinking....
  • N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the death....
  • US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders....
  • Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
    SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq to discuss the fight against IS....
  • Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser - and even a few holes of golf....
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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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