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Missouri boarding school can remain open, with oversight

A Christian boarding school in southwestern Missouri can remain open despite the state attorney general alleging a "dark pattern of behavior," a judge ruled Monday. Judge David Munton's ruling allows continued round-the-clock monitoring of Agape...

 

Dog, missing 2 months, found alive inside Missouri cave

Jeff Bohnert had all but given up on seeing his poodle-hound mix again after she went missing in early June. Two months later, he got a text from a neighbor: People exploring a nearby cave found a dog. Could it be Abby? Bohnert doubted it, but still...

 

All eyes on ex-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in Senate primary

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens hoped to complete a stunning political comeback Tuesday as voters narrowed the field for a pivotal spot in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt's announcement last year that he would not...

 

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St....

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    April 3, 2022

Missouri regulates boarding schools after abuse allegations

Maggie Drew's dad sent her to Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch in Missouri in 2007, hoping strict Christian teachings would stop his 14-year-old daughter's teenage rebellion. Instead, Drew said, she found herself in a nightmare, sexually abused by one of...

 

In Missouri, Greitens' comeback bid has some in GOP on edge

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is banking on Republican voters forgiving his past indiscretions when they choose a U.S. Senate nominee next August. Many in the GOP establishment are hoping they don't forget. Greitens resigned...

 

Kentucky hardest hit as storms leave dozens dead in 5 states

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A monstrous tornado, carving a track that could rival the longest on record, ripped across the middle of the U.S. in a stormfront that killed dozens and tore apart a candle factory, crushed a nursing home, derailed a train and...

 

FBI: Suspected serial killer's tattoo played role in capture

Security camera footage, shell casings and a small but distinctive tattoo played pivotal roles in the arrest of a man suspected in at least six killings over the past two months in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. The St. Louis Circuit...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    July 23, 2021

St. Louis city and county to require masks in some places

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis city and county officials say they will require masks in some public places starting Monday., citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases spurred by the delta variant. Masks will be mandatory in indoor public places and...

 

US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. "Our staff, they are frustrated," said Chad...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    June 18, 2021

St. Louis gun-waving couple pleads guilty to misdemeanors

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained notoriety for pointing guns at social justice demonstrators pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges, but the man left the courthouse defiantly pledging to "do it again" if faced with the same...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    April 22, 2021

McCloskeys want grand jury to take a new look at their case

A St. Louis husband and wife facing criminal charges for waving guns at racial injustice protesters last summer have told a judge they are concerned about Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's handling of their case and asked that it be sent back to the...

 

EXPLAINER: What's behind some Chauvin jury questions?

Potential jurors in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd's death have been asked many predictable questions. Attorneys from both sides have asked how they feel about the Black Lives Matter movement, and about...

 

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations on the decline in Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Experts in all corners of Missouri are seeing room for optimism in the fight against the coronavirus thanks to a decline in new cases, decreasing hospitalizations and other factors. The state health department on Tuesday...

 

Ameren purchases wind farm in northeastern Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri said Wednesday that it bought its first wind farm and plans to make a "transformational advancement" into renewable energy. The subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. said it closed on its acquisition of...

 

Hospital ICUs filling up quickly across Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce. Data released by the state on Wednesday...

 

COVID-19 records: St. Louis hospitalizations, KC deaths

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The new surge of the coronavirus was evident in Missouri on Thursday, with record hospitalizations in St. Louis and Columbia, and the Kansas City metropolitan area experiencing its worst month ever for COVID-19 deaths. The St....

 

Hospitalization data flawed in Missouri, perhaps elsewhere

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the...

 

St. Louis couple who waved guns at protest plead not guilty

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple celebrated in some circles and vilified in others for waving guns at protesters marching on their private street pleaded not guilty to two felony charges at a brief hearing Wednesday. Mark and Patricia...

 

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested posi...

 

Teacher deaths raise alarms as new school year begins

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Teachers in at least three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the dawn of the new school year, and a teachers' union leader worries that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the...

 

Kansas girl's killer 5th federal inmate executed this year

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas girl's killer Friday became the fifth federal inmate put to death this year, an execution that went forward only after a higher court tossed a ruling that would have required the government to get a prescription...

 

Change laws that shield police, Missouri prosecutor says

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — After a third review failed to uncover enough evidence to charge the officer who fatally shot Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some prosecutors and civil rights leaders agree it's time to focus on changing...

 

Facing uncertain fall, schools make flexible reopening plans

MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options that include full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    July 19, 2020

St. Louis couple charged for pulling guns at protest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' top prosecutor told The Associated Press on Monday that she is charging a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion. Circuit...

 

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