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 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 19, 2020

St. Louis Juneteenth march begins where slave case was heard

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A march Friday commemorating Juneteenth in St. Louis began at the most appropriate of places —- the Old Courthouse where Dred Scott's case played out, a legal setback that galvanized efforts to free the slaves. A mixed-race...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 29, 2020

Missouri reports big increases in coronavirus cases, deaths

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Friday cited 31 additional coronavirus deaths, among the highest one-day increases reported since the pandemic began. The website for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services showed...

 

Lake of the Ozarks business owner defends actions

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a business that hosted crowded pool parties over the Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks says no laws were broken and safety measures were in place to protect against the spread of the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 7, 2020

Judge dismisses Missouri lawsuit over meat worker safety

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of employees at a rural Missouri meatpacking facility, ruling that oversight of how the plant adheres to guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus falls to the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 29, 2020

Kansas City, St. Louis County town move up reopening dates

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's largest city will reopen with significant restrictions next week, as jurisdictions in the state's two urban areas begin to move away from stay-at-home orders that sought to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Kansas...

 

Kansas church dispute pits health, constitutional concerns

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus faceoff over church services in Kansas just days before Easter weekend has put the state's Republican-led Legislature at odds with its Democratic governor. Though the Republican lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly...

 

Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb virus

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, meaning Missouri has joined about 40 other states already requiring residents to avoid going out except for essential purposes. The Republican governor's order...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 1, 2020

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high w...

 

Missouri governor mobilizes National Guard for virus fight

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state's National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to re...

 

Kansas issues new quarantine mandates, bars new evictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas issued strict quarantine mandates Wednesday for people who have traveled or had close contact with those with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, part of an effort to limit its local spread. But that local spread was...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    March 8, 2020

Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 20-something college student didn't know she had the new coronavirus as she flew home from a study abroad program in Italy, landing at one of the nation's busiest airports. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by...

 

KC fans under closer scrutiny for chants, 'tomahawk chops'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While other sports teams using Native American nicknames and imagery have faced decades of protests and boycotts, the Kansas City Chiefs have largely slid under the radar. Until now. The Chiefs will appear in their first...

 

Doctor at Missouri abortion clinic defends patient care

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic's license. The...

 

Mayor wants better system than hand-operated tornado siren

With a tornado bearing down on the small Missouri town of Sparta, the lone warning siren stayed silent because a downed tree kept the mayor from getting downtown to flip the switch that activates it. Most tornado sirens are activated remotely by...

 
 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...

 

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