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Charmed bracelets: Electronic monitors help reduce cost of justice (10/24/14)
Prisons come in many forms. Sometimes they're massive concrete buildings surrounded by miles of razor wire. Sometimes...
Career fair draws hundreds of potential workers (10/24/14)
Jessica Leadbetter may not have left Thursday's career fair with an offer for a full-time job, but it wasn't for lack...
Professor performs as Faulkner as part of literary conference (10/24/14)
Sitting in the front row of the Redhawks Room at the University Center, John Dennis Anderson, in his guise as Southern...
Book about growing up in Bootheel to be sent to area schools (10/24/14)
A collection of stories titled "Canalou: People, Culture, Bootheel Town" soon will be delivered to area schools by the...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave...
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Charmed bracelets: Electronic monitors help reduce cost of justice (10/24/14)
Prisons come in many forms. Sometimes they're massive concrete buildings surrounded by miles of razor wire. Sometimes they're electronic gadgets small enough to wear on an ankle. And sometimes they're a ticket to freedom. "Courtney," a 22-year-old restaurant hostess with a 2-year-old daughter, was arrested on a theft charge when she was 18. ...
Poplar Bluff teacher on leave after abuse allegations (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff early childhood special education teacher has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 10, following nonsexual abuse allegations, school officials said. An investigation is being conducted by Poplar Bluff School District, children's division, and local law enforcement, said superintendent Chris Hon...
Man's body found on river ramp in Poplar Bluff (10/24/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Authorities continue to investigate the death of a Poplar Bluff man whose body was found submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River early Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Salvador Ruiz Ramirez, a 48-year-old originally from Texas, according to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers...
Cape man accused of pistol-whipping his wife in early morning domestic disturbance (10/23/14)
A Cape Girardeau man was in custody Wednesday after an early-morning domestic disturbance in which he is accused of beating his wife with a gun. James Calvin Sims, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the altercation...
Suspects sought for firing shots at busy Poplar Bluff park (10/23/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Poplar Bluff authorities are investigating a report of shots being fired Wednesday evening at Bacon Park as young athletes were on the park's practice fields. No injuries were reported, and several suspects reportedly are being sought...
Collective Impact in Education group explores goals (10/23/14)
On Wednesday, a small group of youth service representatives discussed goals such as supporting children in and out of school, having every child succeed academically and every student graduating high school prepared for postsecondary education. The goals and milestones were hashed out by Collective Impact in Education, a group facilitated by United Way of Southeast Missouri...
Jackson resident picked to help develop new education standards (10/23/14)
The work groups created by House Bill 1490 to develop new standards for Missouri students include at one person from the Cape Girardeau area. The bill includes creating panels of educators and parents to write new performance goals to replace Common Core standards, which encompass the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...
The YOUNG GUNS (10/23/14)
The annual Flickerwood Youth Rodeo is celebrating its 20th year this season, meaning it is older than many of the contestants. It's served as a place for youngsters to cut their teeth and dust up their boots in pint-sized to teenage events like calf roping, "chute doggin'," and "mutton bustin.'"...
Hooked on Science: Magnetic slime (10/23/14)
n 1/4 cup liquid starch n 1/4 cup Elmer's glue n 2 tablespoons iron oxide powder n Neodymium magnet STEP 1: Mix the liquid starch and iron oxide powder in a bowl. Add the Elmer's glue and continue to mix. STEP 2: Remove the magnetic slime from the bowl, continue to mix the slime with your hands...
Critics: Search for education commissioner rushed (10/22/14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some district-level Missouri school officials have criticized the state school board's plan to quickly hire a new education commissioner, saying the board should first gather input on the position's needs and conduct a national search for qualified candidates...

  • Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master....
  • With gay marriage comes question: I do or I don't
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania earlier this year, Elissa Goldberg was ready to say "I do." Her longtime partner's reaction, however, was "I'm not so sure."...
  • Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis....
  • Pesky, effective? Campaign signs spread like weeds
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Pesky. Illegal. Effective?...
  • After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began....
  • Report: Police in Ferguson violated human rights
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A human rights group is calling on governments and police to ensure people's right to peaceful assembly following the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in August....
  • Missouri police preparing for grand jury decision
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury's decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis....
  • Guide to developments in Ferguson police shooting
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It has been nearly 11 weeks since Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The Aug. 9 shooting and the protests that followed raised new awareness about the racial makeup of police departments and police use of military-style equipment, among other issues. Here's a look at where things stand:...
  • Autopsy: St. Louis officer shot Myers from behind
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An 18-year-old killed earlier this month by an off-duty St. Louis police officer was shot eight times, including six times from behind, said a forensic pathologist who performed an independent autopsy Thursday....
  • Wilson attorneys, county official question leaks
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis County's top elected official and attorneys for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson are criticizing recent leaks of information related to investigations into Michael Brown's shooting death....