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- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Congressman Ike Skelton announces re-election bid
LEXINTON, Mo. -- Rep. Ike Skelton announced his candidacy for re-election to Congress on Monday, saying he would focus on the economy and national defense.
Skelton, D-Mo., said improvements in jobs and health costs were among his top priorities, along with "guaranteeing retirees true social security."
Since 1995, Skelton, the top House Armed Services Committee Democrat, has called for an increase of about 40,000 troops for the Army.
A 14-term lawmaker who represents middle and western parts of Missouri, Skelton reiterated his belief that the coalition effort to rebuild Iraq needs a substantial NATO presence.
Two Republicans have announced plans to challenge Skelton.
Jeff Parnell, of Rogersville, is a tire operations manager for MFA Oil who plays parody songs to Republican crowds.
Steve Morrow, of Bolivar, is vice president for student development at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, where he began on the teaching faculty and has worked for nearly three decades.
Neither has run for office before.