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Missouri Governor: Pardoning Inmate of 40 Years Not Priority

Gov. Mike Parson working through a backlog of 3K clemency requests

(Newser) - Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says addressing the clemency petition for a man who’s been behind bars for a triple murder for more than four decades is not a "priority," even though prosecutors say he didn't commit the crime. Parson noted that Kevin Strickland, 62, was...

His Mission: Nabbing Pedophiles. Now, His Own Charges

Vigilante 'predator hunter' Kyle Swanson indicted after January 'sting' went south

(Newser) - Kyle Swanson says he was inspired by Chris Hansen, of To Catch a Predator fame, to set up his own vigilante group to expose suspected pedophiles, typically by luring them to sites in St. Louis, then showing the confrontations on his YouTube channel and other social media. But, like Hansen...

Man Who Pulled Gun on Protesters Has Big News

St. Louis' Mark McCloskey is running for Senate, decrying 'cancel culture' and 'lie of systemic racism'

(Newser) - One half of the couple who brandished guns at racial injustice protesters outside their St. Louis mansion last year is now running for Senate. Personal injury lawyer Mark McCloskey, a Republican, announced his candidacy Tuesday during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson. "God came knocking on my door...

43 Years After He Was Jailed, Prosecutors Admit 'Error'
43 Years After
He Was Jailed,
Admit 'Error'

43 Years After He Was Jailed, Prosecutors Admit 'Error'

They say Kevin Strickland, who had an alibi, is innocent of 1978 murders

(Newser) - Kevin Strickland has spent two-thirds of his life—43 years—behind bars for a triple murder. The problem is he wasn't even at the scene, according to prosecutors in Kansas City. "This is a profound error we must correct now," Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said...

He Used Bitcoin to Try to Buy Killer Chemical: 'I Plan to Use It Soon'

Jason Siesser of Missouri apparently had had a difficult breakup that may have spurred purchase

(Newser) - A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years behind bars after prosecutors say he tried to buy off the dark web a dangerous chemical weapon that could kill hundreds, using cryptocurrency for his purchase. Per court documents cited in a Justice Department release , Jason William Siesser, now 46, pleaded...

After Resigning in Disgrace, Greitens to Test Trump Theory

Former governor will ask Missouri GOP to overlook accusations

(Newser) - Republican voters in Missouri will have to decide whether a sex scandal should disqualify Eric Greitens from office, or whether he'll enjoy the immunity that Donald Trump was afforded, NBC reports. Greitens, who resigned as governor in 2018 after accusations of campaign finance violations and sexual misconduct, has announced...

ICU Doctor Back Home After Year Living in Driveway

Dr. Tiffany Osborn credits the coronavirus vaccine

(Newser) - A St. Louis doctor is finally back living with her family after a year of camping in her driveway. Dr. Tiffany Osborn's family was planning to put an addition on their home when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Instead, they bought an RV that has been Osborn's home for...

Dad's Plea on Behalf of Trans Daughter Goes Viral

He says she went from miserable to happy after he stopped trying to 'silence her spirit'

(Newser) - Missouri dad Brandon Boulware told lawmakers this month that he understands if they don't "get" transgender issues, because he didn't for years—despite having a "wonderful and beautiful transgender daughter." He said that for years, he refused to let her wear "girl clothes" or...

5th GOP Senator Says He'll Retire
5th GOP Senator
Says He'll Retire

5th GOP Senator Says He'll Retire

Roy Blunt of Missouri won't run for reelection in 2022

(Newser) - Roy Blunt on Monday became the fifth Republican senator to announce that he's calling it quits. The 71-year-old Missouri lawmaker said in a tweeted video that he will not seek reelection in 2022. Axios notes that Blunt is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate, and it ticks off the...

This State Wants Its Money Back After Overpaying Unemployed

Missouri says it sent out $150M in overpayments last year, but recipients say they can't pay it back

(Newser) - A recent letter in the mail to St. Louis salesman Mike Conners demanding he pay back the state of Missouri more than $7,500 in unemployment benefits caught him by surprise. But as FOX 2 reports, his letter was no anomaly: The state now says it paid out $150 million...

Girl in Coma After Crash Involving Chiefs Coach Wakes

But Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach may still be out of a job

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl who suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash with a Kansas City Chiefs coach earlier this month is out of a coma. Ariel Young awoke Monday, 11 days after Britt Reid struck her family's vehicle on a highway on-ramp near the team practice facility in Kansas City,...

Family: 'We Need Answers' to Dad Missing Since Mother's Day

Search for Patrick Chapman planned for Feb. 20

(Newser) - On Mother's Day last year, Patrick Chapman texted his ex-wife, with whom he'd stayed friendly after their 2011 divorce, to ask to use their 11-year-old son's Chromebook. He later went over to her house with the same question, saying he needed it to check and see who...

'Horror on Top of Heartbreak' After Funeral Vehicle Stolen

Woman's body was inside van taken from St. Louis convenience store

(Newser) - In this week's "you had one job" post, a Missouri funeral home driver may be in a bit of trouble after an incident in St. Louis. Per KSDK , which deems the case "horror on top of heartbreak," local police are on the hunt for a white...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Finding Love

Singles may want to check out Florida

(Newser) - Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means thoughts of love, for better or worse, may be on everyone's mind. Singles still hoping to find their mate may have better luck in some states than in others, and WalletHub has started the matchmaking process by examining the potentials. The...

Josh Hawley Begins Fighting Back
Josh Hawley's 8th-Grade
Yearbook Had Telling Signature
the rundown

Josh Hawley's 8th-Grade Yearbook Had Telling Signature

'Josh Hawley, president 2024'

(Newser) - Josh Hawley has been roundly condemned by Democrats in the wake of the Capitol riot because of his prominent role in backing former President Trump's election challenge. On Monday, however, the Missouri senator fought back in two notable ways. He scored the cover of the right-leaning New York Post ...

These States Are Safest During the Pandemic

You'll fare best dealing with COVID in Alaska, worst in Arizona

(Newser) - As the rollout of the various coronavirus vaccines continues, there's now a (still somewhat distant) light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But with months to go before much of the population is vaccinated, it's important to keep up with safety and health guidelines, and to keep...

Woman Charged With Taking Item From Pelosi's Office

Video showed Missouri rioter carrying engraved nameplate

(Newser) - A Missouri woman has been charged with taking a splintered nameplate belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, was charged Friday with five counts, including disorderly conduct that impedes the conduct of government business and the stealing or...

Civil War Widow Kept Her Secret for Decades

As a teenager, Helen Viola Jackson married a 93-year-old veteran

(Newser) - Helen Viola Jackson's 1936 marriage to James Bolin was unusual, to say the least: He was 93 and in declining health, and she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl. Bolin was also a Civil War veteran who fought for the Union in the border state of Missouri. Jackson was almost certainly...

Eighth-Grader Is State's Youngest COVID Victim

Missouri 13-year-old went into quarantine Oct. 26

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy in Missouri has become the state's youngest coronavirus fatality. The Washington School District says the family of eighth-grader Peyton Baumgarth has confirmed that he died from COVID-19 complications over the weekend, NBC reports. Peyton last attended school on Oct. 22 and went into quarantine on Oct....

COVID Highs Push Hospitals Near the Brink

'We'll run into some difficult decisions to make'

(Newser) - Hospitals across the US are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff, the AP reports. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small—from...

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