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Missouri Gov. Admits Affair, Denies Blackmail

'It was a deeply personal mistake'

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an affair with to stay quiet, the AP reports. The Republican governor and his wife, Sheena, released a joint statement Wednesday night after KMOV reported that Greitens had... More »

7 States That Could Make Big Moves on Pot in 2018

Including the first state in the Midwest to legalize it

(Newser) - Although pot saw a watershed year in 2016, with a handful of marijuana legalization initiatives that got the green light from voters, 2017 was pretty dry, with no official movement on that front anywhere in the nation. Per Forbes , 2018 is set to see a cannabis comeback, with at least... More »

Dog Gets New Family After 445 Days in Shelter

Mastiff mix was found wandering streets in 2016

(Newser) - A big Mastiff mix with droopy eyes that endured a heartbreakingly long stay at a Kansas City animal shelter has finally found a home. After 445 days at the Kansas City Pet Project shelter, where more than 10,000 pets pass through annually, Polina was finally adopted, the AP reports.... More »

America Has a New 'Governator'

Eric Greitens of Missouri is a former Navy SEAL who doesn't mind touting his physical feats

(Newser) - Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event, crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course, and entering a burning building with firefighters. These could be action movie stunts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but they were all done by another governor earning a reputation for public displays of physical prowess: Eric Greitens of... More »

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently... More »

Pumpkin Theft Prompts Bizarre Police Lineup

St. Louis residents can claim their stolen fruit

(Newser) - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins—and one gourd—are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered, reports the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports pumpkins began vanishing last... More »

Cops: Man Killed 2 Women 10 Years Apart

Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions vanished a decade apart

(Newser) - On Thursday a 29-year-old Missouri man was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two women who disappeared nearly a decade apart, People reports. According to a probable cause statement, authorities say Kylr Yust admitted to choking Kara Kopetsky to death in 2007 after she said... More »

After 10 Years, Inmate Wins Suit on Smoking in Prisons

State's prisons will have to be smoke-free by April 1 due to asthmatic inmate's complaint

(Newser) - Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgment, per the AP . The Kansas City Star reports Missouri has been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1 because of the lawsuit Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington filed. Missouri... More »

Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

In a Twist, Cops Were the Ones Chanting in St. Louis

'Whose streets? Our streets' went the refrain after arrests

(Newser) - A common chant could be heard on the streets of St. Louis Sunday night as protesters demonstrated over a police shooting. "Whose streets? Our streets" went the refrain, a common one used by Black Lives Matter protesters. This time, however, it was police officers who were doing the chanting,... More »

Dozens Arrested on 3rd Night of St. Louis Protests

Protesters chanted, 'Stop killing us'

(Newser) - Police made dozens of arrests in St. Louis on Sunday night when people ignored orders to disperse after a third night of vandalism that followed largely nonviolent daylight protests. Police had warned those still on downtown streets late Sunday that they would be arrested if they didn't leave the... More »

Ex-Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Jason Stockley speaks out in exclusive interview with 'St. Louis Post-Dispatch'

(Newser) - Demonstrators said they were pepper-sprayed by police , at least 10 cops were injured , and U2 and Ed Sheeran canceled concerts in St. Louis over the weekend as protests continued over a not-guilty verdict for Jason Stockley, a white ex-police officer who shot dead a black motorist in 2011. Stockley is... More »

National Guard Ready After Verdict in Mo. Cop Shooting

Jason Stockley acquitted in 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith

(Newser) - Tensions ran high in St. Louis Friday, with barricades surrounding a federal courthouse and the Missouri National Guard on standby, as the city awaited a verdict in the murder trial of a white cop who shot a 24-year-old black motorist in 2011, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch —and that... More »

Woman Critically Injured in Attack on Police Officers

Bullet struck victim in head while she was doing laundry

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested two men suspected of wounding two St. Louis police officers in an attack that also left a 24-year-old woman in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, the AP reports. Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said Friday evening that the third victim was in... More »

Thousands in St. Louis Likely to See Wage Drop With New Law

Missouri makes city's new higher minimum wage illegal

(Newser) - Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum, the AP reports. The law is drawing protests in St. Louis and in Kansas City, where a recent... More »

DNA Evidence Saves Man From Execution With Hours to Spare

Missouri governor issues stay of execution for Marcellus Williams

(Newser) - With only hours to spare, the execution of a convicted murderer was stayed by the governor of Missouri, CNN reports. According to the Washington Post , 48-year-old Marcellus Williams was convicted in 2001 of the 1998 murder of Felicia Gayle, who was stabbed 43 times in her home. But attorneys for... More »

Missouri School Yanks Gay Teens' Yearbook Quotes

It worried quotes about being in the closet could 'potentially offend another student'

(Newser) - Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz are out and proud, and the high school seniors chose yearbook quotes to reflect that. So the students in Kearney, Mo., were less than thrilled when they opened up their new yearbooks to discover blank spaces under their names, reports KCTV5 , instead of the quotes... More »

Volatile Post About Trump May End Lawmaker's Career

Missouri's Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she hoped president would be assassinated

(Newser) - A state lawmaker in Missouri may have derailed her own political career with a jaw-dropping online post about the president. "I hope Trump is assassinated!" state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote during a Facebook exchange on her personal, non-public page Thursday morning. The Democrat preceded it by writing that... More »

Man Accused of Killing Cop During Traffic Stop Arrested

Ian McCarthy charged with murder of Missouri officer

(Newser) - A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities say. Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers say Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the... More »

Cop Is Shot to Death During Routine Traffic Stop

Suspect is now at large in Missouri

(Newser) - Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop. Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, who had been on the force less than a year, died late Sunday near Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City, said Missouri... More »

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