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White Police Lieutenant Cites Racism, Quits New Position

Lt. Keith Wildhaber no longer wants to lead an inclusion and diversity unit in St. Louis

(Newser) - A police lieutenant who is white, gay and recently won a $10.25 million discrimination lawsuit against his department says he no longer wants to lead its diversity and inclusion unit. The reason? Racism, he says. "The dog whispers of a gay, white guy being unable to lead Diversity... More »

Guy Dives Into Burning Car to Save Stranger

Antonio Morgan saw the car hit a cement median

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan made headlines this week by rescuing a man from his burning car on the I-70 in St. Louis, People reports. Antonio Morgan saw the car hit the highway's cement median Tuesday and rushed to pull the driver out as flames erupted under the hood. "I... More »

Governor Stirs the Pot on Virus, Gun-Waving Couple

Mike Parson says students who become ill at school will get over it

(Newser) - The governor of Missouri does not appear interested in whining about the coronavirus. Mike Parson, a Republican up for election, made that clear in discussing reopening schools during a radio interview Friday. "These kids have got to get back to school," Parson said. "They’re at the... More »

Dog Turns Up on His Old Front Porch, 50 Miles Away

'It's the most bizarre story,' says Cleo's owner

(Newser) - A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away, the AP reports. Colton Michael told television station KMBC that the 4-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix showed up on the... More »

St. Louis Gun-Toting Case Gets Very Political

Even the White House is getting involved

(Newser) - Looks like the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters have two high-profile defenders: a governor and a president, the Washington Post reports. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson offered a whole-hearted defense Tuesday of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and said President Trump was also "getting involved" in their case.... More »

Paper: Gun-Wielding Homeowners 'Almost Always in Conflict With Others'

Cops seize rifle pointed at BLM protesters by St. Louis homeowner Mark McCloskey: sources

(Newser) - There's a new wrinkle in the case of the Missouri couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last month. KSDK reports a search warrant was executed Friday night by St. Louis police officers at the home of Mark and Patricia... More »

Protesters Walking by Mansion Confronted by Armed Couple

White couple in St. Louis pointed handgun, rifle at peaceful demonstrators headed to mayor's home

(Newser) - A march to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home over the weekend through St. Louis led to an ominous confrontation between peaceful protesters and a white couple at one of the residences along the way. Krewson has been facing resignation demands after recently doxxing residents for writing letters asking to defund... More »

Daughters Take Stand After Racist Cartoon in Family Paper

Now their dad, publisher of local Missouri publication, has resigned for his 'poor judgment'

(Newser) - The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman's purse while hailing funding cuts to police. Bill Miller Sr. on Thursday told the AP he has stepped down as publisher of the Washington Missourian but... More »

Brothers, 6 and 7, Die While Joyriding in Grandma's Car

Police say they took keys, ended up flipping car

(Newser) - A horrific story out of Missouri, where a 7-year-old boy took his grandmother's car out for a joyride Friday afternoon, with his 6-year-old brother as passenger, and both ended up dead. Police say the boys drove through a field, then onto a country road, before the car went airborne... More »

Barhop in the Ozarks Last Weekend? So Did COVID Patient

One Missouri partyer has tested positive for virus, and was 'possibly infectious' while at bars

(Newser) - Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks made headlines across the nation as crowds converged over Memorial Day weekend and ignored social distancing guidelines. Now there's bad news for one of those partyers, per CNN . On Friday, the Camden County Health Department announced it had been informed that a Boone... More »

2 Workers at a Salon Got the Virus. Then the Threats Began

Great Clips locations in Springfield, Mo., have once again closed due to 'repeated threats'

(Newser) - A chain of hair salons in a Missouri city is once again closed—not because of a coronavirus outbreak, but because of threats made over a possible one. Earlier this week, it was announced two stylists who worked at the same Great Clips site in Springfield—which reopened earlier this... More »

Cops: Driver Rams Into Man Who Opened Fire on Bridge

Police say a potential mass shooting was averted on Centennial Bridge

(Newser) - Police say an active-duty soldier "saved countless people" Wednesday when he thwarted a potential mass shooting on Centennial Bridge, which connects Kansas and Missouri. The 34-year-old soldier based at nearby Fort Leavenworth was in a vehicle on the bridge over the Missouri River around 11am when a man with... More »

Attendees of 'Zero Ducks Given' Pool Party Told to Quarantine

Missouri health officials call out 'reckless behavior' over Memorial Day weekend

(Newser) - Anyone who failed to keep distance at a crowded pool party in Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Public health officials in St. Louis County issued an advisory on Monday, noting "recent news reports indicate that many... More »

2 Stylists Test Positive, Exposed 140 Customers

In Missouri, salons are allowed to be open

(Newser) - One hundred and forty clients at a Missouri hair salon were potentially exposed to the coronavirus after two hairstylists worked while symptomatic, and then later tested positive for COVID-19. The Great Clips in Springfield says it is reaching out directly to all customers impacted and that all will be offered... More »

Here's 'Social Distancing' on Memorial Day

The AP looks at how crowds are gathering around the US this weekend

(Newser) - The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the US meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000 Americans, the AP reports. Sheriff's deputies... More »

For First Time in US During Pandemic, an Execution

Missouri puts Walter Barton to death

(Newser) - Many states have postponed scheduled executions amid the coronavirus pandemic, but on Tuesday night, an inmate was put to death for the first time since March 5. Walter Barton, 64, was convicted of murdering his former landlord, 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler, in 1991, USA Today reports. Kuehler operated a mobile home... More »

What Happened Here Led to Murder Charges

Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, is accused of killing her newborn child

(Newser) - In a sad story out of Missouri, authorities are accusing a woman of letting her newborn baby die in the toilet where she gave birth. KTVO reports that Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, of Kirksville, is facing murder-one and -two charges in the death earlier this month. Court documents say she... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

Horrific Crash Kills Family, Including 2 Babies

Their pregnant mom, and a teen also among victims

(Newser) - A horrific Mother's Day weekend crash claimed the lives of five family members, including a young expectant mother and her two children. Travon Nelson, 22, was driving his pregnant partner Kristy Monroe, 22, the couple's 1- or 2-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter, and Nelson's 16-year-old brother in... More »

NTSB Lays Fault in Deadly Duck Boat Sinking

Weather warning wasn't relayed to Ride the Ducks captain

(Newser) - The 2018 sinking of a duck boat in southwest Missouri that resulted in the deaths of 17 people could've been avoided had closer attention been paid to the weather . That's the takeaway from a summary of the National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the accident on... More »

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