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Mom Charged After Her Kids Found Living in Mo. Cave

Brittany Mugrauer's 2 children had uncooked ramen, no shoes

(Newser) - A 24-year-old mother is in custody yesterday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty, and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri. Brittany Mugrauer was charged Friday night with two counts of felony child endangerment. Jackson County... More »

Radio Hosts Punished for Calling On-Air Killings a Hoax

Station manager apologizes, suspends pair

(Newser) - A Missouri radio station manager has cleared the air—somewhat literally—offering an apology to listeners and suspending two morning show employees who made inappropriate comments about the on-air shooting of three people in Virginia. Four days after WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed by a former... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

He Was Handed Life in Prison for Pot; Now He's Free

Jeff Mizanskey: 'It's like a dream come true'

(Newser) - After 21 years behind bars, served as part of a life sentence for three marijuana convictions, one of Missouri's rarest inmates will finally walk out of prison. Jeff Mizanskey —sentenced to life without parole in 1994—will be greeted by family members as he leaves Jefferson City Correctional... More »

Tourist's Selfies Help Solve His Odd Disappearance

Polish paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe turns up in Missouri

(Newser) - In what the Nevada Appeal calls "a good example of the public working in partnership with local law enforcement for the best of all possible outcomes," a paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe has turned up safe and sound—in Missouri. South Lake Tahoe Police say his... More »

Restaurant Whose Thing Is 'Flying Rolls' Is Sued Over Them

'The Home of Throwed Rolls' lives up to its name

(Newser) - How much liability does an establishment known as the "Home of Throwed Rolls" have when the bread starts flying and things allegedly go wrong? That may be for a jury to decide after a woman filed suit against Missouri-based restaurant chain Lambert's Cafe on Tuesday, claiming one of... More »

Mo. County Orders Year of 'Mourning' Over Gay Marriage

Dent County officials vote to lower flags below half-staff to protest gay nuptials

(Newser) - When Alex Sellers saw the story in his local paper, he thought it was an Onion article. But the 26-year-old Missouri man was horrified to find out what he was reading was true: Three Republican commissioners in Dent County voted yesterday to lower county flags to half-staff to observe a... More »

'Fake Disability' Daughter Linked to Mom's Murder

Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde was killed last week

(Newser) - The stabbing death of a Missouri mom is looking like a sordid tale right out of the Louisiana bayous. Police arrested Gypsy Blancharde, 23, and her boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, 26, on Monday for the first-degree murder of Gypsy's mom, 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde—who was slain in... More »

Woman Who Said She Was Held in Box Found Dead

Suspect may have returned to kill escaped captive, son

(Newser) - A fugitive suspect who allegedly kept a woman captive in a wooden box for months may have surfaced to murder her and her son, according to police in Missouri. James Barton Horn Jr. has been on the run since the end of April, when Sandra Sutton ran to a neighbor'... More »

'Frank Underwood' Steps Down After Sexting Scandal

Diehl quits Mo. speakership, GOP seat

(Newser) - Missouri House Speaker John Diehl says that he's resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern. The married father of three says he is stepping down both from his House speaker position and from his... More »

'Frank Underwood' Busted Sending Intern Sexy Texts

Mo. lawmaker John Diehl, married dad of 3, has apologized

(Newser) - Texts like "God I want you right now" and "Laying in bed looking at your pic," accompanied by smiling, winking emoticons, are exactly the types of messages you shouldn't be sending to a college intern if you're a state legislator. But Missouri House Speaker John... More »

Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Officials Quit

Tyrus Byrd makes history in Parma, Missouri

(Newser) - Shhh: You might hear a pin drop in the city hall of Parma, Missouri, where top officials and police officers quit after a black woman was elected mayor for the first time, KFVS reports via the Huffington Post . Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor last week,... More »

Missouri Executes Black Man Convicted By White Jury

Andre Cole convicted of 1998 rage killing

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was executed yesterday for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago. Andre Cole, 52, became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. His fate was sealed after the Supreme Court turned down several appeals, including... More »

Mom Meets Daughter She Was Told Died 50 Years Ago

76-year-old Zella Jackson Price says Melanie Gilmore was taken right after birth

(Newser) - On November 25, 1965, Zella Jackson Price gave birth to a baby girl at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, her granddaughter says. What allegedly happened in the hours after that is both confusing and dreadful: Price, a gospel singer, says she was told by a nurse the baby... More »

Mo. Auditor's Rep Kills Self Month After Boss Did: Cops

Robert 'Spence' Jackson found dead just weeks after auditor Tom Schweich

(Newser) - A strange, tragic story just got even stranger and more tragic: The spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich—a gubernatorial candidate who killed himself Feb. 26 just minutes after arranging interviews with the media—has apparently taken his own life, the AP reports. Jefferson City Police officers found Robert "... More »

Missouri Executes Brain-Damaged Inmate

Divided Supreme Court turned down Cecil Clayton appeal

(Newser) - Missouri's oldest death-row inmate was executed yesterday after the US Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury from a 1972 sawmill accident . Cecil Clayton, who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy... More »

Missouri to Execute Man Missing Part of Brain

74-year-old's behavior changed after 1972 sawmill accident

(Newser) - A 74-year-old man whose behavior changed drastically after a sawmill accident more than 40 years ago will be executed in Missouri today unless the US Supreme Court steps in. Surgeons removed around 8% of Cecil Clayton's brain—including part of the frontal lobe, which controls things like judgment and... More »

Waiter Uses Craigslist to Hunt Ladies Who Stiffed Him

'Maybe this is love?' Kansas City server writes in his 'missed connections' post

(Newser) - It isn't the money that Stephen O'Laughlin lost during his waiter's shift at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant that bothers him—it's the principle of being stiffed. "There are so many waiters and bartenders in the world, and I feel like it’s a story... More »

Ferguson City Manager Quits

But John Shaw says he never 'heaped abuse on the poor'

(Newser) - More Justice Department report fallout in Ferguson: City manager John Shaw has agreed to step down, and the city council voted 7-0 to approve a "mutual separation agreement" last night, reports the New York Times , which notes that Shaw was the most powerful official in Ferguson but had been... More »

Missouri Rampage Victims Were Killed in Bedrooms

Shooter just walked into houses, coroner says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure they will ever know what sparked Joseph Aldridge's deadly rampage in Missouri —but it's clear the seven people he allegedly shot to death in four houses had no idea what was coming. "There were no signs of forced entry, and he apparently... More »

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