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 By Jim Salter    Regional    August 9, 2019

Ferguson: 5 years later, racial tension lingers nationally

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 28, 2019

Commission, not court, deciding fate of abortion in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The battle to keep open Missouri's only abortion clinic has moved from the courts to a state administrative process, adding to the confusion about the future of the Planned Parenthood-operated clinic in St. Louis. No state has...

 

2 more duck boat workers indicted in sinking that killed 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two more employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people. Curtis Lanham, the general manager at Ride the Ducks Branson, and Charles...

 

Missouri rejects license renewal for lone abortion clinic

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic lost its license to perform the procedure on Friday, though it remains open at least temporarily under a judge's order. The state health department notified the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 14, 2019

Rash of child killings angers, frustrates St. Louis leaders

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gunfire that has long haunted St. Louis streets has taken an even more disturbing turn, with a rash of shootings involving children that has left the city's police chief angered and frustrated by the lack of cooperation of...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 6, 2019

Convicted pedophile charged in 1993 killing of Missouri girl

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A convicted pedophile who ran an international child pornography ring has been charged with the 1993 abduction, rape and killing of a 9-year-old Missouri girl, after previously undetected DNA found on her clothing implicated...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 6, 2019

Missouri official stresses safety over abortion access

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patient safety takes priority over access to abortion, Missouri's health department director said Wednesday after a court hearing on an effort by the state's only abortion clinic to keep operating. Missouri Department of Health...

 

Judge: Doctor testimony not needed in Missouri abortion case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that testimony from non-staff doctors at Missouri's only abortion clinic will not be necessary for a hearing that will determine if the clinic can remain open. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer agreed...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 2, 2019

Q&A: Possible closure of Missouri's lone abortion clinic

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has at least temporarily avoided becoming the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. A St. Louis judge on Friday intervened on behalf of a...

 

Judge considering Missouri abortion clinic license case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge is deciding whether to ensure Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep its license past Friday, the latest development in a decades-long push by abortion opponents to get states to enact strict rules on the procedure. Like...

 

Judge says Missouri clinic can keep providing abortions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge issued an order Friday to keep Missouri's only abortion clinic operating over the objections of state health officials, delivering abortion-rights advocates a courtroom victory after a string of setbacks in legislatures...

 

Missouri agency cites concerns at St. Louis abortion clinic

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department said Wednesday that the license for the state's only abortion clinic is in jeopardy because of a litany of problems, including "failed surgical abortions in which patients remained pregnant"...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 29, 2019

Planned Parenthood: Missouri's last abortion clinic may shut

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license, Planned Parenthood officials said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood officials said in a teleconference...

 

Storms in Midwest leave string of tornadoes, flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dangerous storms left a string of more than 30 tornadoes across the central U.S., damaging homes in Oklahoma, demolishing a racetrack grandstand in Missouri and inundating the region with water over a short period. Two deaths,...

 

Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 8, 2019

Another levee in danger as seemingly endless flood continues

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents of a small Missouri town were busy Tuesday sandbagging yet another levee being threatened by a seemingly ceaseless flood. The Pin Oak Levee protects a little over 100 homes in the low-lying area of Winfield, a...

 

4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of river towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to and near record levels in some...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 26, 2019

NAACP raises concerns of harassment in small Missouri town

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP is questioning why a black middle-schooler in a small Missouri town was suspended for fighting a white student who he says called him a racial slur and cornered him in a bathroom, while the white student was not....

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 10, 2019

Mexican citizen, suspect in 5 deaths, found hanged in jail

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Mexican citizen accused of killing four people in Kansas and one in Missouri in 2016 hanged himself from a light fixture in his St. Louis jail cell.   Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was found alone in his cell at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday He...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    March 27, 2019

Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides. Maj...

 

Midwest floodwaters tear through or spill over many levees

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Floodwaters driven by a swift current have torn through and spilled over levees at countless locations across the Midwest, swamping hundreds of homes and businesses. The levees are meant to protect people and property from rising...

 

United Methodist delegates reject recognizing gay marriage

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans...

 

St. Louis officer charged after deadly game with revolver

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A male St. Louis police officer was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a female officer during what was described as a deadly game with a revolver. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the...

 

Missouri begins to process toward medical marijuana

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has begun the move toward legalized medical marijuana by naming an outgoing lawmaker to a leadership role and announcing the start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products. The Missouri...

 

Parson wants prescription monitoring bill by session's end

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The long-futile effort seeking a statewide prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri now has a prominent advocate — Gov. Mike Parson. The Republican governor met Wednesday with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, doctors and...

 

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