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Mississippi County caretaker arrested for felony stealing (01/20/17)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie woman faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing from an elderly person in Mississippi County. Julia Ann Marcum, 48, is charged with felony stealing. According to Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, the investigation began this week when the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office received a report of money, medications and household appliances missing from an elderly woman's residence...
An A+ program: Sikeston High School A+ tutors are providing many benefits to community (01/20/17)
SIKESTON -- Sikeston High School students participating in the A+ Scholarship Program accumulate tutoring hours each semester by volunteering their time at the after school program offered through the YMCA of Southeast Missouri. Area youngsters who attend the after school program and their teachers are also benefitting from the high school students' presence...
East Prairie man facing molestation charges (01/20/17)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- A Mississippi County man was arrested following a sexual abuse investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's office. According to Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, the investigation conducted by Chief Deputy Branden Caid stemmed from a previously reported but unrelated sexual abuse allegation...
Sikeston R-6 board OKs language for bond issue (01/20/17)
SIKESTON -- During a special meeting Thursday, the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education approved language for a bond issue that, if passed by voters on April 4, will allow the school district to construct, improve, furnish and equip a new elementary school building...
Ballots set for municipal races in April 4 election (01/20/17)
SIKESTON -- Many communities will have races to decide at the April 4 municipal election. Filing closed Tuesday for most Southeast Missouri communities. In Benton, candidates are all without opposition. Seeking two-year terms are Howard Bollinger as Ward 1 alderman; David Gelsheimer, Ward 2 alderman; and Beverly Riley, city collector. All are incumbents...
  • Report: Missouri women struggle to close pay gap
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Women in Missouri struggle to close the pay gap with men, according to a report from the Women's Foundation and a University of Missouri researcher....
  • Las Vegas teen charged as adult in football player slaying
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A fight over name-calling between girlfriends promoted a fight that resulted in the death of a Missouri State University football player outside his Las Vegas home, according to a police report about the arrest of a teenager charged Friday as an adult with murder....
  • Facebook restores page for breast cancer tattoo artist
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Facebook says it was mistaken in disabling the accounts of a woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery....
  • Body found in eastern Missouri river
    UNION, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities in eastern Missouri are investigating after a body was found in a river....
  • $1.6 million award in 'knockout game' lawsuit against frat
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A former Missouri State University student who said he was the victim of a so-called "knockout game" attack outside a 2012 fraternity party has been awarded $1.63 million in damages, though he likely will only collect $630,000....
  • Bomb blast kill 18, wounds over 60 in northwest Pakistan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Authorities say a bomb exploded in a market in a northwestern tribal region in Pakistan that borders Afghanistan, killing at least eighteen people and wounding 51....
  • Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump's formal procession and evening balls....
  • 1 wounded in school shooting, 'could have been much worse'
    WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) -- A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police arrived, authorities said....
  • El Chapo's new home: a jail that held mobsters, terrorists
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country's most secure federal lockups - and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman....
  • Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership....
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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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