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Same MLK-Tied Racial Slur, Different Newscaster

This time a St. Louis newsman is apologizing for on-air misspeak; he won't be fired, station says

(Newser) - Saying Martin Luther King Jr.'s name out loud recently caused some unexpected trouble for a newscaster in upstate New York—and now, with the holiday honoring King nearly upon us, another newsman finds himself in similar hot water. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that KTVI's Kevin Steincross... More »

Teen Girl Goes Blind, and Doctors Have No Idea Why

Jordyn Walker battles a terrible illness

(Newser) - A Missouri teen who fell ill after a family vacation has gone blind and lost her sense of smell and taste—and doctors are still asking why, People reports. KMBC reports Jordyn Walker had annually experienced stomach pain that she treated with medication, but her real trouble began after returning... More »

Man Charged in 'Gruesome, Gruesome' Quadruple Murder

Mo. police say man shot his girlfriend, her 2 kids, and her mother

(Newser) - In a quadruple murder that "looks and smells like a death penalty case," Missouri police have charged a man in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, her mother, and her two children. The mother, 61-year-old Jane Moeckel, called 911 late Friday to report a man with a gun... More »

Woman Found Dead in Car Crash Had Been Shot

Melissa Peskey's husband says he was informed he was a 'person of interest'

(Newser) - It was a mystery right from the start. Cops who responded to the scene of a car crash Dec. 13 along a Missouri interstate in Cooper County found a 40-year-old mother dead in the driver's seat, and her two children, ages 5 and 11, unharmed, per KELO-TV . Based on... More »

Court Orders Missouri Man to Watch Bambi Repeatedly

David Berry Jr. illegally killed hundreds of deer

(Newser) - A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie Bambi as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what... More »

Newspaper Folds, Blaming Judgmental People

Farewell, 'Uranus Examiner'

(Newser) - The Uranus Examiner, a small Missouri newspaper whose name inspired chuckles and groans when it launched a few months ago, is closing. The paper's editors announced the end of publication Friday, after publishing just five editions since September. In statements posted on Facebook, Managing Editor Natalie Sanders and Louie... More »

'Fairness Formula' Could Redraw State's Voting Map

Missouri is using first-of-its-kind formula

(Newser) - The votes won't be cast for another four years, yet Democrats already appear likely to gain seats in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2022. The reason: a one-of-its kind redistricting initiative approved by voters in the recent midterm elections. Missouri's initiative marks a new frontier in a growing... More »

Hot Tub Alligator 'Gentle as a Puppy'

The 4-year-old reptile is named Catfish

(Newser) - A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a hot tub, per the AP . The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as "gentle as a puppy" after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers... More »

Shaken Baby Dies 20 Years Later, Dad Faces Murder Charge

Olin Shane Tannery already spent several years behind bars for assault of his son

(Newser) - Olin Shane Tannery spent years in prison for assaulting his infant son—and now the Missouri father might end up back behind bars after that son died two decades later. The Kansas City Star reports on the 39-year-old's indictment for second-degree murder, almost seven months after his 20-year-old son... More »

Suicide or 'Lynching'? A New Ferguson Flashpoint

Police say it appears Danye Jones hanged himself, but his mother doesn't believe it

(Newser) - "They lynched my baby." So wrote Melissa McKinnies, an organizer of the Ferguson protests of 2014, upon the death of her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones. Police in St. Louis County, however, say it looks like a suicide. McKinnies' suspicions have since spread across social media, and the story... More »

Father Helped Daughter in Murder-Suicide Plot: Cops

Charles Sander allegedly shot his son-in-law, then himself

(Newser) - A former Missouri jail guard persuaded her terminally ill father to fatally shoot her estranged husband to resolve a custody dispute and then kill himself so it appeared to be a murder-suicide, authorities allege. Elizabeth Kilgore, 35, of Quincy, pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree murder in the death... More »

Police Believe Couple Were Killed Over Their Cars

Police believe Brandy and Joseph Allen went to investigate a noise, came upon robbers

(Newser) - Brandy and Joseph Allen's two teen children weren't home with them Saturday night: The couple had gone fishing to celebrate a wedding anniversary, and the 14- and 18-year-olds stayed elsewhere. It may have saved their lives. The Missouri couple was found shot dead Sunday, in what police believe... More »

'Rising Democratic Star' Drops Out of Race, Cites PTSD

Democrat Jason Kander says he's 'done hiding' his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression

(Newser) - "I suffer from depression and have PTSD symptoms. After 11 years, I'm finally ready to do something about it." That was the surprise tweet Tuesday from Jason Kander, an Afghanistan war veteran and "rising Democratic star" who'd hoped to become the next mayor of Kansas... More »

Freak Accident Kills Man in Fast Food Drive-Thru

The 20-year-old was pinned against a tree

(Newser) - A Missouri man has died after an accident that happened as he reached for his food at a drive-thru window, per the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 20-year-old Charles Wood Jr. died Wednesday night at a Jack in the Box restaurant in St. Louis. Wood was from Velda City,... More »

Students Support College Chief in Beer Bong Controversy

Southeast Missouri State President Carlos Vargas went viral for chugging while tailgating

(Newser) - Having the president of your college actively involved in student life is desirable. Having one who takes pulls on a beer bong with you at a football game—that's up for debate. Dr. Carlos Vargas, head of Southeast Missouri State University, says he now realizes his actions before a... More »

Six Flags Offers Macabre Challenge, With a $300 Prize

If you can tough it out in a coffin for 30 hours, your wallet could get a cash infusion

(Newser) - If you've been dying to take a 30-hour nap in a coffin and wouldn't mind getting $300 at the end of your repose, Six Flags St. Louis has just the Halloween-themed happening for you. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , that's how much the theme park is offering... More »

Addict Allegedly Stole Dying Daughter's Opioids

Carol Ballweg confessed after tip from hospice staff: cops

(Newser) - Police in Missouri say a dying woman didn't get the oxycodone and fentanyl she was prescribed because her mother stole the drugs to feed her opioid addiction. Carol Ballweg—charged with abusing a vulnerable person and stealing a controlled substance—allegedly admitted to stealing painkillers from her 20-year-old daughter,... More »

Boy's Survival 'Miraculous' After Skewer Pierces Skull

It missed his brain, eye, spine, major blood vessels

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Missouri boy is recovering after he was attacked by insects and tumbled from a tree, landing on a meat skewer that penetrated his skull from his face to the back of his head. But miraculously, that's where Xavier Cunningham's bad luck ended. The skewer had completely... More »

Millionaire Accused of Killing Lawyer a Week After Judgment

David Jungerman's $33M in assets are now under care of a Kansas City police commissioner

(Newser) - Millionaire David Jungerman should be enjoying his golden years. Instead, his assets are now under the control of police in Kansas City, who've charged him with murder. It's something of a tale: Per the Kansas City Star , the 80-year-old is accused of shooting and killing attorney Tom Pickert... More »

Missouri College Dumps Its Nike Uniforms

College of the Ozarks accuses company of disrespecting America

(Newser) - Nike uniforms are vestimenta non grata at the College of the Ozarks after the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The private Christian college in Missouri announced Thursday that its athletic teams will no longer buy Nike uniforms and any it has now will be removed, the Kansas City Star... More »

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