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5 Inmates at Large After Escaping Missouri Jail

Group of fugitives includes 3 sex offenders, authorities say

(Newser) - Five inmates, including three sex offenders, are still at large after escaping from a jail in Farmington, Missouri, on Tuesday night, authorities say. The five men—Kelly McSean, Dakota Pace, Aaron Sebastian, LuJuan Tucker, and Michael Wilkins—escaped from the St. Francois County Detention Center around 7pm after crawling through...

Female Lawmakers in Missouri Told: Keep Those Arms Covered

Fiery debate ensues before update to dress code in Missouri House of Representatives

(Newser) - Women make up fewer than one-third of the seats in Missouri's House, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , but they were the ones speaking the loudest this week after the chamber's dress code was tweaked to mandate how female lawmakers should cover their arms while at work. The Hill...

US Executes First Transgender Inmate

Missouri puts transgender woman to death

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death Tuesday for a 2003 killing, in what is believed to be the first execution of a transgender woman in the US, the AP reports. (It's thought to be the country's first execution of any openly transgender person, male or female, CNN...

Execution of Transgender Woman Would Be US First

Missouri inmate Amber McLaughlin is scheduled to die on Tuesday

(Newser) - Unless Missouri Gov. Mike Parson grants clemency, Amber McLaughlin, 49, will become the first openly transgender woman executed in the US. She is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday for killing a former girlfriend in 2003, the AP reports. McLaughlin’s attorney, Larry Komp, said there are no court appeals...

21 Injured After Dogs Attack School Playground

18 students, 3 teachers hurt in Willard, Missouri; most injuries, were minor and not from the animals

(Newser) - A pair of dogs set off bedlam when they entered a school playground in Willard, Missouri, and went after students, reports the Springfield News-Leader . Three students and three teachers ended up at the hospital for bites, scratches, or other injuries, and another 15 students had lesser injuries and were treated...

Missouri School Board Votes to Switch to 4-Day Week

Shortage of teachers and other staffers drives change

(Newser) - A Missouri school board voted Tuesday to put the district on a four-day week next fall, a move becoming more common nationally. Independence Superintendent Dale Herl said the impetus is a staffing shortage, ABC News reports. "If you look across the country, there is a significant teacher shortage , but...

Lawyer: 'Tonight ... Missouri Killed Kevin Because He Is Black'

Kevin Johnson died by lethal injection Tuesday night

(Newser) - A Missouri man convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother was executed Tuesday night, the AP reports. Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was the state’...

Daughter Not Permitted to Witness Dad's Execution

Kevin Johnson is scheduled to be executed Nov. 29; his daughter is 19

(Newser) - Khorry Ramey will not be able to watch her father die, a judge ruled on Friday. The 19-year-old Missouri woman's father, Kevin Johnson, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday for the 2005 killing of a police officer, and a judge found the state law preventing her from...

Couple Killed Pregnant Woman to Seize Her Child: Police

Investigators find remains of Ashley Bush, 33, and fetus in Missouri

(Newser) - A Missouri couple has been charged after, authorities say, they lured a pregnant woman with a job ad in a plot to take her child. A McDonald County prosecutor said Ashley Bush, 33, who was 31 weeks pregnant, appeared to have been shot Monday, NBC News reports. Investigators said the...

Prosecutors: Father, Son Nearly Drowned Pokemon Go Rival

Robert and Angelo Matteuzzi convicted of felony assault following 'ridiculous' brawl

(Newser) - Two men from Missouri have been found guilty of assault after a brawl over Pokemon Go that landed the pair and their victim in a lake, along with some teeth. The popular smartphone game sees rival players do virtual battle with Pokemon characters for control of real-life locations known as...

Cops Make Horrific Find After Amazon Van Left Running

Driver was killed in suspected dog attack

(Newser) - Police in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, say they found a horrific scene Monday evening after neighbors reported that an Amazon delivery van had been parked outside a home for several hours with its engine running. Ray County Sheriff Scott Childers says deputies found a man's body in the yard along...

In St. Louis School Shooting, 'Miles Davis' Warning Helped

Code in announcement alerted teachers of a threat

(Newser) - It took four minutes for officers to enter Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis on Monday following reports of an active shooter . "There was no sidewalk conference, there was no discussion," Police Commissioner Michael Sack said, per CNN . "They just went right in....

Alarming Report in Mo.: 'I Wouldn't Want My Child in This School'
Alarming Discovery
at Mo. School 'Takes
Your Breath From You'

Alarming Discovery at Mo. School 'Takes Your Breath From You'

Radioactive waste found at Jana Elementary, in St. Louis suburb where WWII nukes were made

(Newser) - There's significant radioactive contamination at an elementary school in suburban St. Louis where nuclear weapons were produced during World War II, according to a new report by environmental investigation consultants. The report by Boston Chemical Data Corp. confirmed fears about contamination at Jana Elementary School, in the Hazelwood School...

Mo. Grade School Riddled With Radioactive Material Closes

Contamination stems from WWII-era nuclear weapons production in the area

(Newser) - A Missouri school board decided Tuesday to shut down a grade school that sits near a contaminated creek after a study found high levels of radioactive material inside the school , the AP reports. Contamination was in classrooms, the playground, and elsewhere at Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, according to...

Man Arrested After Woman in Metal Collar Flees Home

She said Missouri man Timothy Haslett held her captive for a month

(Newser) - A Missouri man was arrested Friday after a malnourished woman wearing a metal collar with a lock on the front ran from his home and begged neighbors for help. Timothy Haslett, 39, has been charged with kidnapping and rape and investigators are trying to determine whether there were other victims,...

Supreme Court Won't Hear States' Vaccine Mandate Case

Missouri led opposition to Biden rule for health care workers

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal brought by 10 states challenging a federal vaccine mandate for health care workers. The states' case, led by Republican-run Missouri, sought to toss out a rule imposed by President Biden in November 2021, Reuters reports, that applies to workers...

After Input From Parents, School District Reinstates Spanking

Parents will have to opt-in, and it will be used as last resort

(Newser) - "The complaints that we have heard from some of our parents is that they don't want their students suspended," said a Missouri school superintendent. "They want another option." And another option they will get. KOLR reports that the Cassville School District is reintroducing corporal punishment,...

Pastor's Sermon Goes Viral for Eyebrow-Raising Guilt Trip

Carlton Funderburke berated congregation for not buying him Movado watch, among other items

(Newser) - It's not surprising to occasionally feel guilty in church. But one Missouri pastor's recent sermon has gone viral after he dressed down his congregants and told them he was "disgusted" with them for not buying luxury items for him. NBC News reports that the sermon delivered by...

Rescuers Save Missing Dog 500 Feet Into Missouri Cave
Cavers Discover Missing Dog

Cavers Discover Missing Dog

Abby had vanished 2 months before

(Newser) - A group exploring a cave in southeastern Missouri made an unexpected find about 500 feet below the surface: a dog, appearing lethargic, sitting on a mud floor. "She didn't look real good," Gerry Keene said. "I mean, she had 11 people walk by her with lights...

Trump Endorsed 'Eric' in Mo. More Than One Eric Accepted

It's unclear if he meant Greitens, Schmitt, or McElroy

(Newser) - In terms of covering one's bases, Donald Trump may have just hit a home run. Ahead of Missouri's Senate primary on Tuesday, the former president offered up his endorsement Monday night for the GOP candidate he thinks is best for the seat. There was one small but meaningful...

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