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Missouri Man Gets Last-Minute Stay of Execution

Supreme Court cites ineffective lawyers

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective. Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection a minute after midnight at the state prison in Bonne... More »

15 Ex-Judges Try to Halt Missouri Execution

Lawyers 'abandoned' Mark Christeson, they say

(Newser) - Mark Christeson is scheduled to die in Missouri at a minute after midnight tomorrow, but no fewer than 15 former state and federal judges are seeking a stay of execution on the basis that his lawyers were terrible. The two court-appointed public defenders who represent Christeson were 117 days late... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

Some Highway Guardrails Can Be Deadly: Officials

Malfunction can turn rails into dangerous "spears" when hit by cars, officials say

(Newser) - Highway guardrails are, in theory, designed to keep drivers safe. But the Missouri DOT has banned a certain rail after safety concerns cropped up during an ongoing investigation, Ozarksfirst.com reports. Officials say a malfunction in the ET-Plus system made by Trinity Industries can jam a guardrail's head when... More »

St. Louis Protesters Decry 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Protest meant 'to destroy systematic racism and white supremacy,' organizer says

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched to St. Louis University early today, then hunkered down for a sit-in to cap three days of protest against what organizers are calling an "epidemic of police violence," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although police and campus security hovered around both the march and sit-in, no... More »

Cop Shot as Ferguson Simmers

Unnamed officer expected to survive; incident unrelated to 2 protests overnight

(Newser) - A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm last night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early today that the officer... More »

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 »

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