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Missouri Moves Fast to Outlaw Abortion

After Supreme Court's Roe decision, focus turns to the states

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half the states. But how quickly those bans kick in varies across the country. A number of states have "trigger laws" that were activated by Friday's Supreme Court...

1 in 5 US Pregnancies Ended in Abortion in 2020

Abortion is on the rise in all regions, even as Supreme Court looks poised to curtail access

(Newser) - One in five pregnancies in the US in 2020 ended in abortion, according to research group Guttmacher Institute , which campaigns for abortion access and says the impact of a Roe v. Wade reversal will be even more devastating than previously thought. US abortions increased 8% from 2017, when there were...

Escaped Missouri Inmate Recaptured in Wyoming

2 others are still at large

(Newser) - An escaped inmate from Missouri was recaptured Wednesday more than 900 miles away, near Casper, Wyo., authorities say. The Mills Police Department says Christopher Blevins was captured after local law enforcement was informed he could be at a truck stop in the area, NBC News reports. The 37-year-old inmate, who...

SCOTUS Declines Case of Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple

McCloskeys appealed sanctions on law licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters near their home in 2020. Mark McCloskey—a Republican who is running for a US Senate seat —and his wife are both lawyers,...

Missouri Execution Goes Forward
Carman Deck
Executed in Missouri

Carman Deck Executed in Missouri

It's the country's 5th execution this year

(Newser) - A Missouri man who killed a couple during a robbery at their rural home more than a quarter of a century ago was put to death Tuesday, becoming just the fifth person executed in the United States this year, the AP reports. Carman Deck, 56, died by injection at the...

All Charges Dismissed in Duck Boat Accident That Killed 17

But prosecutors say they want to refile

(Newser) - All criminal charges against three employees involved in a deadly 2018 duck boat accident have been dropped. Kenneth Scott McKee, the captain; Charles Baltzell, the manager on duty; and Curtis Lanham, general manager, had all been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the tragedy in Branson, Missouri, that...

Young Cousins Killed When Gun Goes Off During Livestream

Police called it murder-suicide, but family says shootings were accidental

(Newser) - Two young cousins were shot to death while livestreaming on Instagram during a family birthday party on Friday. St. Louis police first called the deaths of Paris Harvey, 12, and Kuaron Harvey, 14, a murder-suicide, but family members said the shootings were an accident, USA Today reports. The cousins were...

Ex-Governor of Missouri Urged to Quit Senate Race After Abuse Allegations

Ex-wife accuses Eric Greitens of 'coercive and unstable behavior'

(Newser) - Eric Greitens, who resigned as Missouri governor amid multiple scandals in 2018, was urged to end his campaign for US Senate on Monday after another scandal surfaced. In court papers, Sheena Greitens, the Republican candidate's former wife, accused him of being physically abusive toward her and their children, the...

Deadly Scene on Missouri Interstate Like a 'War Movie'

Crashes happened in thick fog on I-57

(Newser) - Chain-reaction collisions involving dozens of vehicles on a foggy interstate in southeast Missouri caused at least six deaths and multiple injuries, and part of the highway will be closed until further notice, officials say. The collisions began about 8am on Interstate 57 as thick fog enveloped the Charleston area, about...

Missouri Proposal Could Signal New Anti-Abortion Strategy

It seeks to ban out-of-state abortions with enforcement by private citizens

(Newser) - It's not only in Texas that women are getting around a strict abortion law by traveling out of state or buying abortion pills online. The same thing is playing out in states including Missouri, which passed a law in 2019 making abortion illegal after eight weeks of pregnancy including...

After 'Unimaginable Destruction,' a Family Loses 4 Members

Tornado in Winterset, Iowa, kills grandma, as well as son-in-law, 2 grandkids visiting from Missouri

(Newser) - The deadly tornadoes that swept through central Iowa over the weekend caused "unimaginable destruction," per Gov. Kim Reynolds. But for one family, the tragedy hit particularly hard, as four members hiding out in a house in Madison County perished during the storm. KMBC reports that 37-year-old Michael Bolger,...

Suit: Our Son Was Forced to Drink Bottle of Vodka as Pledge

Parents of Mizzou student Daniel Santulli file hazing complaint against Phi Gamma Delta

(Newser) - The parents of a Minnesota man allege in a lawsuit that he has been unresponsive and requires constant medical care since being forced to drink a bottle of vodka at a fraternity at the University of Missouri, reports the AP . Daniel Santulli, 19, of Eden Prairie, Minn., was found in...

Charges Dropped After Ex-Teacher Marries Student

Baylee Turner was accused of having sex with student at Missouri high school

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Missouri have dropped a sex-crime charge against a former teacher who married the student she allegedly had sex with. Baylee Turner, now 26, was 23 in February 2019, when she was charged with having sexual contact with a male student at Sarcoxie High School. She taught English at...

No, Missouri, the Joker Isn't on the Loose

Highway patrol accidentally sends out a fake alert

(Newser) - This week, people in Missouri got an emergency alert on their phones about a suspicious vehicle with the license plate "UKIDME." The message that buzzed on their phones read: “GOTHAM CITY MO PURPLE/GREEN 1978 DODGE 3700 GT MO UKIDME," per Fox News . There is no Gotham...

Man With Double Life Killed Fiancee 2 Days Before Wedding
For 7 Years, He Led a Double
Life. Then He Became a Killer
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For 7 Years, He Led a Double Life. Then He Became a Killer

Missouri man James Addie murdered his fiancee 2 days before wedding

(Newser) - Two days before Missouri man James Addie was due to become a bigamist, he became a murderer instead. The prison officer's double life was exposed after the body of fiancee Molly Watson was found on a backroad on April 27, 2018. The 35-year-old, who was still wearing her engagement...

Man Hunting for Antlers Solves 2-Year-Old Mystery

Skeletal remains of missing MMA fighter turn up instead

(Newser) - A man looking for deer antlers in the Missouri woods came across something much more grim—the skeletal remains of a missing amateur MMA fighter. The fighter, David Koenig, was staying at a friend’s motel in Branson, Missouri, when he texted friends that he might be in trouble, NBC...

She Allegedly Killed Boyfriend With Sword on Christmas Eve

Brittany Wilson, 32, charged with first-degree murder in Missouri

(Newser) - On Christmas Eve, a Missouri woman called police around 11pm to report she'd killed her boyfriend with a sword, authorities say. Cape Girardeau police arrived to find Brittany Wilson, 32, with bloody clothes outside the home she shared with her boyfriend, Harrison Stephen Foster, 34, KFVS reports. A sword...

School Bus Hits, Kills First-Grader: 'We're Hurting'

Investigators are looking into accident in Jefferson County

(Newser) - At the end of the school day on the last day of school before winter break in Missouri's Jefferson County, tragedy for the family of one first-grader. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the little boy, who hasn't been identified, had just gotten off his school bus at...

Wrongfully Jailed at 18, He's Now a Millionaire

Kevin Strickland has always maintained his innocence in 1978 murders

(Newser) - Update: Missouri man Kevin Strickland may finally have his freedom after being wrongfully imprisoned for 43 years, but what he didn't have, at least initially, was money. CNN explains that under state law, only those who were exonerated due to DNA testing are eligible to receive imprisonment payments. DNA...

FBI: We Think We've Nabbed Missouri/Kansas Serial Killer

Perez Reed, 25, accused of fatally gunning down 6 people in alleged crime spree

(Newser) - A suspected serial killer has been arrested for six deadly shootings throughout the Missouri/Kansas City area in September and October. Police say 25-year-old Perez Reed was nabbed by FBI agents on Friday after getting off a train in Independence, Mo., heading to his home in St. Louis from Kansas City,...

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