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Sikeston man facing charges in stabbing (07/19/17)
SIKESTON -- A Sikeston man faces multiple charges after allegedly stabbing two people with a broken beer bottle Sunday. Rodney R. Young, 40, is charged with two counts of felony first-degree domestic assault causing serious physical injury; one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of felony armed criminal action; and one count of felony first-degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk, according to online court records...
Sikeston man sentenced to prison for fatal shooting (07/19/17)
NEW MADRID, Mo. - A Sikeston man is heading to prison for the shooting death of a friend. Tiarrius Gant, 19, was sentenced by Judge Fred Copeland on Tuesday to five years in the Department of Corrections on a charge of voluntary manslaughter and 15 years for unlawful use of a weapon with the sentences to run consecutively totaling 20 years. ...
Coming soon (07/19/17)
Construction is underway on the Watami Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse II, located in the Cotton Ridge Development, adjacent to the Sikeston Cinema and Grill. The 7,800 square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open later this fall. Ainsworth Construction of Cape Girardeau is in charge of construction...
Scott County has Board of Equalization hearing with Ameren (07/19/17)
BENTON, Mo. -- Scott County will follow its assessor's recommendation and make no changes to the assessed value of Ameren's gas distribution system. The decision was approved by the Scott County Commission following the Board of Equalization hearing with Ameren during the Commission's regular meeting. Board of Equalizations are convened annually to rule on appeals of property valuations set by the county assessor...
VFW honored for 75 years of serving veterans (07/19/17)
SIKESTON - As it completes its 75th year of existence, VFW Post 3174 still honors its mission of serving veterans. The Diamond Anniversary Award Citation was presented to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174 on June 14. "I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of VFW Post 3174 for their outstanding service to the community, veterans and to the nation over the past 75 years," said Brian Duffy, national commander of the VFW...
  • GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar....
  • In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit
    FIGUERES, Spain (AP) -- Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago....
  • Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning that special counsel Robert Mueller would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances. But that's a line that Mueller seems sure to cross....
  • The Juice will be loose: O.J. Simpson granted parole
    LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) -- O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star....
  • Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump - so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where he's battling brain cancer, the Arizona senator on Thursday lobbed a new attack at the White House over its Syria policy....
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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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