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Lawyer: Rare Condition Could Make Execution 'Gruesome'

She says Missouri inmate could choke on blood

(Newser) - A condemned Missouri inmate faces a potentially "gruesome and painful" execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man's veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat, his attorney says. Russell "Rusty" Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening for killing... More »

Her Dad Took Her to Missouri to Marry Her Rapist

'Kansas City Star' looks at why it's easier for child brides to wed in Missouri

(Newser) - When Keith Strawn was told he had to spend 120 days in jail, the sentencing judge advised the Idaho man to use the time to "think about the 120 days your daughter was married to a rapist because of you." How his daughter Heather came to marry her... More »

Judge Who Gave Teen 241 Years Wants Sentence Tossed

But Missouri is defending constitutionality of lengthy sentence

(Newser) - Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes on a single day when he was 16 and now isn't eligible for parole until he's 112 years old, the AP reports. State Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a US Supreme Court... More »

After 911 Call, Officers Were Sent to Wrong House—Fatally

Missouri officers responded to home in Clinton, when call really came from Windsor

(Newser) - "It is a coincidence," says Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe, and a deadly one. After a 911 call Tuesday in which women were heard screaming , police were dispatched to a home in Clinton, Mo., where all were shot, one fatally—and it was the wrong home. Lowe... More »

First Came the 911 Screams. Then a Cop and a Suspect Died

Tragedy after Tuesday standoff in Missouri

(Newser) - It started with a 911 call, punctuated by two women's screams. It ended with a police officer and a suspect dead. Following the 911 call Tuesday, police responded to a home in Clinton, Mo., around 9:20pm local time. They were met with gunfire from a suspect, who barricaded... More »

Post-Parkland, 3rd-Graders Selling AR-15 Raffle Tickets

Some are calling it 'tone deaf,' but coach says he thinks it's a 'positive thing'

(Newser) - Candidates in Kansas and Maryland have drawn criticism for refusing to nix their AR-15 raffles after the Parkland school shooting last week. Now, another (but much younger) group is in the spotlight. The Kansas City Star reports members of a third-grade baseball team in Neosho, Mo., are trying to raise... More »

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 »

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