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Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Missouri Executes Armed Robber

Earl Ringo was convicted of 1998 double murder

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate convicted in a 1998 robbery and double murder was put to death just after midnight in the eighth execution in the state this year and the 10th since November. Earl Ringo Jr. and an accomplice killed delivery driver Dennis Poyser and manager trainee JoAnna Baysinger at a... More »

Feds to Probe Ferguson Cops

Civil rights investigation to be wide-ranging

(Newser) - The Justice Department is planning an investigation of the police department in Ferguson, Mo., that will go far beyond the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last month. The probe, which will look at the force's behavior over the last several years to determine whether racial profiling and excessive... More »

Holocaust Survivor Arrested in Ferguson Protest

Tear gas fired, 2 shot in another night of violence

(Newser) - No peace in weary Ferguson: At least two people were shot and 31 arrested during late-night protests, according to police, who say no officers were involved in the shootings and some of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson... More »

Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times

Pathologist says teen shot in head; mom calls for officer's arrest

(Newser) - The results of a private autopsy on Michael Brown may escalate tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, even further: The examiner says the unarmed teenager was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, and all the bullets came from the front, reports the New York Times . Pathologist Michael Baden,... More »

Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson

Governor says Guard will 'restore peace and order'

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early today, hours after another violent night. The National Guard will help "in restoring peace and order" to the St. Louis suburb that has been rocked by angry protests since the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown,... More »

1 Shot as Ferguson Protesters Defy Curfew

Police use smoke, tear gas; arrest 7

(Newser) - One person is in critical condition after having been shot overnight in Ferguson as protesters defied a midnight-to-5am curfew , reports the New York Times . Police, who are still seeking the shooter, used smoke and tear gas in the renewed unrest that came less than half an hour after the curfew... More »

State of Emergency, Curfew Declared in Ferguson

Jay Nixon institutes measures after more riots related to Michael Brown

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and imposed a curfew in the St. Louis suburb where a black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer a week ago. Nixon said that though many protesters were making themselves heard peacefully, the state would not... More »

Ferguson Tensions Ease as Police Ditch Armor

Authorities to identify officer today after Anonymous apparently got it wrong

(Newser) - After several nights of protests—and clashes with police in riot gear—the mood was a lot lighter in Ferguson last night after the Missouri Highway Patrol took over from local police . Armored vehicles were absent, cars honked their horns in celebration, and Capt. Ronald Johnson, the highway patrol official... More »

After Shooting, Hands Up Becomes Protest Gesture

Governor pleads for calm in Ferguson, Mo.

(Newser) - Protesters infuriated by the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have adopted a new protest gesture: the "hands up" gesture witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown was making when he was shot dead in the street. Protesters have been using the gesture to confront police, putting their... More »

Vigil for St. Louis Teen Shot by Cops Turns Violent

Accounts of Michael Brown's shooting conflict

(Newser) - Vigils and protests for a black teenager shot dead in the street by police in St. Louis County turned violent last night, with reports of looting, fires, and gunshots amid confrontations with police. Witnesses saw multiple stores being looted and police cars being vandalized, the AP reports. Earlier, thousands of... More »

St. Louis Erupts After Cop Shoots Teen

18-year-old Michael Brown dead after altercation with police

(Newser) - An angry crowd of a couple hundred people marched into a suburban St. Louis County police department this morning, demanding answers a day after a police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black man. Some in the crowd taunted police with chants of "Don't shoot me" as they... More »

Missouri Executes Inmate for 1995 Murder

Execution is first since botched Arizona lethal injection

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death just after midnight for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the first US prisoner put to death since an Arizona lethal injection went awry last month . The Missouri Department of Corrections says Michael Worthington was executed by lethal injection... More »

Missouri to Vote on New 'Right to Farm'

Farmers seek protection from various laws

(Newser) - Constitutional amendments typically enshrine rights like free speech and freedom of religion. Now Missouri is weighing a new one: "the right to farm," the New York Times reports. The state will vote Tuesday on Amendment 1, which says that the right "to engage in agricultural production and... More »

Only 1 State Rejects Prescription Drug Database

'Welcome to Missouri—America's drugstore'

(Newser) - With prescription painkiller abuse, addiction, and overdoses a massive problem across the country, some 49 states have brought in databases to track excess prescriptions—and then there is Missouri. The state is the only holdout that has refused to create a monitoring program, even though law enforcement officials say the... More »

Inmate Taken Out to Watch Fireworks Flees

Missouri man recaptured after weekend manhunt

(Newser) - An accused killer taken out of jail to watch Independence Day fireworks demonstrated why taking inmates out of jail to watch fireworks shows may not be the brightest idea. Jason McClurg broke free after a deputy took him and nine other inmates out of Missouri's Shannon County jail and... More »

Missouri Governor Vetoes Abortion Waiting Period

Because it has no exception for cases of rape or incest

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. The Democratic governor said he vetoed the bill because it didn't include an exception for rape and incest victims, and hence showed "a callous disregard for women who find... More »

Groom Says Vows, Then Chases Thief

Groom, dad, and brother chase him through town

(Newser) - Jared Lightle didn't need his running shoes to chase a thief. After a renewal of vows ceremony with his wife, Stephanie, Lightle found himself running after one ... in patent leather shoes. The groom was loading gifts into his car in the parking lot at the Scottish Rite Temple in... More »

St. Louis Defies State Ban, Marries 4 Gay Couples

Long legal battle expected in Missouri

(Newser) - St. Louis officials have challenged Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony. Four gay couples were married yesterday in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a ceremony presided over by a municipal judge. But Attorney General Chris Koster... More »

In 1st Since Botched Death, 3 Inmates Set for Execution

Inmates in Florida, Georgia, Missouri slated to die in next day

(Newser) - Nine executions nationwide have been stayed in the seven weeks since Clayton Lockett died in a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma, but three convicted killers are scheduled to die in the next day or so. All three states planning lethal injections—Florida, Georgia, and Missouri—refuse to say where they... More »

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