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Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Today's news photos
Small merchants offering a 'more civilized way' to Christmas shop (11/28/14)
Claire Bruce said she hopes holiday shoppers will take advantage of what she calls "a more civilized way" to buy gifts...
Hundreds turn out for Salvation Army dinner (11/28/14)
Martin and Clemencia Rodriguez of Cape Girardeau laughed as 2-year-old Sara Rodriguez stretched to reach a cup of...
Pre-Meal exercise (11/28/14)
Zach Young takes his dog, Bella, for a walk along Water Street in downtown Cape Girardeau on Thursday before heading to...
A holiday tradition (11/28/14)
Giving Tuesday touted as opportunity to give, not get (11/28/14)
Finding the best deals on gifts from major retailers today, shopping local Saturday and saving online Monday are now...
Videos
Guthrie pleads guilty to assaulting an officer (11/26/14)
A Jackson man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with a June 2012 confrontation with police. Lawrence Guthrie, 48, initially had been charged with one count each of domestic assault and armed criminal action and three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer...
Pseudoephedrine sales down in Missouri, but meth problem remains (11/25/14)
Methamphetamine crimes have been a chronic problem in Southeast Missouri. Modern technology and cooperation from local governments have significantly helped law enforcement officers combat the issue, but officials said the state has not yet managed to solve its meth problem...
Malden mom charged in child's death (11/25/14)
KENNETT, Mo. -- A Malden, Missouri, woman made her first appearance in a Dunklin County court Friday morning after she was charged with causing the death of her 5-year-old daughter. Tina Diann Burton, 45, appeared before Associate Circuit Judge John Spielman for arraignment on charges of felony second-degree murder/first-degree involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse...
Federal court document alludes to video evidence in murder case (11/21/14)
A document filed recently in federal court suggests video evidence may exist against a Bonne Terre, Missouri, man accused of killing Cape Girardeau tattoo artist Samuel "Tick" Francis. Melvin Scherrer, 50, faces state charges of first-degree murder and four other felonies in connection with the death of Francis, 38, whose body was found July 25, 2013, in a septic tank in rural St. Francois County, Missouri...
Suspect sought in armed robbery, assault (11/21/14)
Authorities are looking for a Cape Girardeau man in connection with an armed robbery and assault reported Tuesday evening in Cape Girardeau County. Torian D. Hence, 25, is accused of striking a co-worker in the head and taking his wallet. A probable cause statement filed by Cpl. H. VanGennip says an employee at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road, reported "he heard his boss screaming and found him 'beat up.'"...
Southeast president offers Ferguson students a place to stay (11/27/14)
In reaction to Monday's decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, Southeast Missouri State University is offering support services to students from that area...
Cape Girardeau School Board moves forward on bond issue (11/25/14)
Cape Girardeau School Board members reached consensus Monday on moving forward with a possible bond issue to address construction and renovation needs at Central Junior High, the Career and Technology Center and other facilities around the district...
Schools superintendent resigns in Poplar Bluff (11/25/14)
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo -- Poplar Bluff School District superintendent Chris Hon announced his resignation late last week, effective at the end of his contract. It ends June 30, 2016, as the district is scheduled to complete construction of its new high school and fourth- to sixth-grade center...
St. Louis teens breaking down racial barriers (11/25/14)
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. -- One of the St. Louis region's most racially diverse high schools is focused on breaking down barriers by talking about race and promoting understanding. The racial makeup of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School's 350 students is about 47 percent white, 40 percent black and 4 percent Hispanic. ...
More than 40 nominated for state education commissioner (11/23/14)
The deadline to nominate candidates for Missouri Commissioner of Education position ended Friday with more than 40 names submitted. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff will contact nominees, inform them of their nominations and invite them to apply, a news release states...

  • Ferguson protests move to retail stores
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....
  • Rebels push forward in southern Syria
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power....
  • Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said....
  • Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties....
  • It's beginning to look a lot like 2016 to GOP govs
    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A half-dozen potential Republican presidential contenders spent last week peacocking through the sprawling, manicured grounds of a pink luxury resort, schmoozing with donors and sizing up the competition in the party's most fractured field in decades....
  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Protests are scheduled at shopping centers around the country in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. A few popped up in St. Louis-area retail stores late Thursday and continued Friday, the start of what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year....
  • Ferguson protests move to retail stores
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....
  • Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another....
  • In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy
    Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish child. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend....
  • Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores
    MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) -- Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....