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Cops: Murdered Pregnant Woman Had Chilling Search on Phone

'What to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant'

(Newser) - Police in St. Louis County, Mo., had several reasons to be suspicious of Beau Rothwell after his 28-year-old wife went missing in mid-November—chief among them that he refused to give a DNA sample or let cops search his car, home, or cellphone, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Another disturbing... More »

Remains of 2 Missing Brothers Found in 2 Separate States

Officials ID remains of Nicholas and Justin Diemel in Mo., Neb.; Garland Nelson charged

(Newser) - The fate of two brothers from Wisconsin who went missing while on a business trip in July has now been confirmed. On Friday, authorities said that remains found in Caldwell County, Mo., and in Lincoln, Neb., were those of 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, respectively, Fox News reports.... More »

After a Year, KC Voters Rescind MLK Honor

Majority of voters want The Paseo back in Kansas City

(Newser) - Both sides say they're fighting to retain history. Now, the day after a contentious election, the side that fought for the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. has lost that battle. The AP reports Kansas City voted "overwhelmingly"—almost 70% of the vote, per unofficial late-night returns... More »

A Bartender Got a Tip Worth $2. It Turned Into $50K

Missouri's Taylor Russey says customer's gratuity was a Powerball ticket

(Newser) - Most watering hole patrons don't offer lottery tickets as gratuities, but one regular at Missouri's Bleachers Bar does it quite often—and a bartender at the O'Fallon establishment is now a $50,000 winner because of it. CNN reports on Taylor Russey's windfall, which came about... More »

Missouri Health Chief Tracked Planned Parenthood Patients' Periods

Data indicated 4 failed abortions out of thousands

(Newser) - Missouri's health director admitted Tuesday to tracking the menstrual periods of women who visited the sole abortion clinic in the state with the goal of identifying those who had failed procedures. Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic is facing accusations of failed medical abortions as it fights to remain... More »

Big Win for Cop Told to 'Tone Down Your Gayness'

St. Louis County Sgt. Keith Wildhaber awarded $19M

(Newser) - A jury has awarded $19 million to a Missouri police officer who says his supervisors denied him promotions because he was too outwardly gay. "If you ever want to see a white shirt, you should tone down your gayness," a member of the St. Louis County Board of... More »

A Man Vanished Into Thin Air. A Dirt Biker Solved the Mystery

Ryan Linneman of Missouri is in critical condition after car crash left him in a ravine for a week

(Newser) - A dirt biker out for a ride stumbled across a horrifying sight on Wednesday: a smashed-up car at the bottom of a ravine, with what he thought was a dead body inside. As Fox News reports, that horror story soon became a miraculous one, as the man inside the car... More »

Cop Charged After 2nd Shooting With Similar Details

Sheriff's deputy Lauren Michael charged with assault after scooter incident in Kansas City

(Newser) - A 29-year-old sheriff's deputy in Jackson County, Mo., has been charged with felony assault and criminal action, and an investigation has been launched regarding a 2017 incident for which she'd received a medal of valor. "Laws that protect law enforcement's actions are a high hurdle for... More »

Planned Parenthood: We Built a Huge Clinic in Secret

Facility in Illinois will be open later this month, not far from last abortion clinic in Missouri

(Newser) - One of the largest abortion clinics in the US has been under hush-hush construction for more than a year, but Planned Parenthood is now revealing details. In August, CBS News got one of the first glimpses of the 18,000-square-foot "mega-clinic" in southern Illinois, built about 15 miles from... More »

Teen's Beauty Product Explodes, Blows Hole in Car Roof

Mom warns about keeping cans of dry shampoo, and other aerosol cans, away from heat

(Newser) - Dry shampoo can be handy on the go, but that doesn't mean it should be stored in your car. A Missouri teen learned that the hard way after an aerosol can of dry shampoo exploded in her car's center console, smashed through the sunroof, and landed 50 feet... More »

Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban Temporarily Blocked

Judge orders it can't be implemented Wednesday after all

(Newser) - A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented, the AP reports. US District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out... More »

$100K in Rewards Offered in St. Louis Child Killings

Latest victim was 8-year-old shot dead Friday

(Newser) - St. Louis is offering rewards totaling $100,000 in four unsolved child murders, including that of Jurnee Thompson, an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead outside a restaurant Friday. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in that case and in three other unsolved... More »

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked... More »

Burglary Suspects Pick Wrong Store to Sell Stolen Comics

After allegedly stealing St. Louis man's collection, they went to his comics store with the goods

(Newser) - When someone broke into a storage locker earlier this month and stole Martin Casas' personal collection of 3,000 comic books, which he'd painstakingly built up over three decades, he was put out but not hopeless that they were gone forever. That's because Casas also happens to own... More »

Cops: Family Warned Suspect Who Set Off Walmart Scare

Dmitriy Andreychenko told cops he was conducting 'social experiment' at Mo. store

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on the man cops says strolled into a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., armed with a loaded rifle and handgun on Thursday—just days after nearly two dozen people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso —and caused a panic. Per CNN , a probable... More »

Police Identify Armed Man Arrested at Walmart

It's still not clear what charges Dmitriy Andreychenko will face

(Newser) - We now know the identity of the man who set off a scare at a Missouri Walmart by walking in with a tactical rifle. But little else—including his motive and any possible charges—remain unclear. On Friday, police identified the man as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, reports the AP . He... More »

Heavily Armed Man Arrested at Missouri Walmart

Police in Springfield trying to figure out his intent

(Newser) - Less than a week after the massacre at a Walmart in El Paso , a heavily armed man caused quite a scare at a Walmart in Missouri. This time, no shots were fired. Police in Springfield arrested an unidentified 20-year-old man who strode into the store about 4pm Thursday wearing a... More »

Man Goes to Cops, Says He Killed Wife 13 Years Ago

He said he strangled 'frantic' wife in Missouri

(Newser) - A troubled man walked into a police station in Wisconsin on Sunday and confessed to killing his wife 13 years to the day earlier, police say. According to court papers filed Monday, Keith Comfort told officers that on Aug. 4, 2006, he went to his home in Columbia, Mo., after... More »

He Expected Cake in Mom's Freezer. Instead, a Baby

'My mom wasn't who I thought she was'

(Newser) - The box had sat in his mother's freezer for as long as Adam Smith could remember. Inside, she told him, was the top of a wedding cake. It was only after Barbara, 68, died of lung cancer on July 21 that Smith learned the truth, per the St. Louis ... More »

Suit: 5 Took Their Lives at Frat Leader's Urging

'There were too many similarities'

(Newser) - A disturbing lawsuit out of Missouri claims a fraternity member at Truman State University successfully urged five of his friends to kill themselves in a single year. Alpha Kappa Lambda members Alex Mullins, Jacob Hughes, Josh Thomas, and two others who weren't part of the frat died between August... More »

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