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If you are over 21 years old and the resident of your current county for more than a year, you can run for sheriff in Missouri.

Now, some sheriffs, like Kent Oberkrom, Sheriff of Henry County and president of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, say those qualifications are not stringent enough.

“We think it’s important, with all the things sheriffs do and the leadership they provide for their staff, that they have a good and clear understanding of the law and the procedures before they take office,” Oberkrom said.

Caution: Deer On Roadways This Winter

Nov 27, 2012
Missouri Department of Conservation

It’s deer mating season, so it’s more likely that you’ll see the animals on roads and highways this time of year.

And there’s another reason deer are active now, this year’s drought hurt acorn production, which is a favorite food for deer.

Russell Duckworth is the protection district supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says deer have to travel more to find food.

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012
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According to the US Fire Administration, about 2,000 residential fires take place on Thanksgiving Day each year across the US.  And over two-thirds of those holiday fires are caused by mishaps in the kitchen.

Those statistics don’t shine the best light on Americans’ cooking abilities, but there’s no ignoring that the kitchen is the setting of more Thanksgiving fires than any other room in the home.

So, a few precautions before you don your chef’s hat and dust off that spice rack.

Southeast Missouri State University Press

Cape Girardeau prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle will step down from his post to take a prosecutor position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, his office announced on Wednesday.

During two and a half decades as Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney, Swingle prosecuted 133 jury trials, 31 appellate cases and 79 homicide prosecutions, according to a press release.

Now, he’ll move to the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, where he will work for U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan.

Army Investigates Cold War Chemical Testing In St. Louis

Nov 4, 2012
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A top Army official says that Cold War chemical weapons testing in St. Louis did not pose a health risk to residents in the test areas.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Army sprayed a chemical called zinc cadmium sulfide in low-income areas of St. Louis that were predominantly African American.

In September, Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill wrote to the Army asking for more information about the testing, after research by a local sociologist suggested it may have included a radioactive component.