Category: Missouri News

Judge to hear suit over Mo. disturbing worship law

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over Missouri’s new law making it a crime to disturb a worship service. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are seeking a temporary injunction to block the law that took effect last month. The law makes it a misdemeanor to… Read more »

Springfield considers lower marijuana penalties

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Some Springfield residents say the city council should uphold a proposal to lower the penalties for marijuana possession. Two weeks ago, the council approved an ordinance to reduce the penalties after a successful citizen initiative. However, many of the council members said at the time they would repeal the ordinance as… Read more »

Missouri Anti-war protesters going on trial

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two anti-war protesters are going on trial in federal court on misdemeanor charges of trespassing at central Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base. Ron Faust is a retired minister from Kansas City and Brian Terrell is a member of the Catholic Worker Movement from Maloy, Iowa. Their trial is scheduled Monday… Read more »

Gov. Nixon extends Mo. emergency declaration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is extending his declaration of a state of emergency until mid-November because of drought, heat and the risk of fire. Nixon said Monday the recent rainy weather has not eliminated farmers’ need for water. The governor also is giving farmers additional time to complete projects approved… Read more »

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot language of a proposed constitutional amendment on appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit filed in July argued Carnahan’s language was… Read more »

KC nonprofit working to restore Buck O’Neil’s home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nonprofit group is determined to save the longtime Kansas City home of Negro Leagues star Buck O’Neil. O’Neil became a baseball legend and community spokesman before he died in 2006. He lived for most of his adult life in the house in southeast Kansas City. A group called Friends… Read more »

UMKC brings together participants in speech cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Plaintiffs, defendants and attorneys in several landmark student free speech cases will be at the University of Missouri-Kansas City law school next month. The symposium Sept. 20-21will feature participants in such cases as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. That’s the 1969 Supreme Court case that set standards… Read more »

Couple in their 70s jump from fire through window

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri couple, both in their 70s, are recovering after jumping through a window of their home to escape a fire. KFVS-TV ( ) reports that Willie-Jo Davidson and his wife, Shirley, were able to escape the fire that started around 3 a.m. Wednesday in East Prairie. He suffered… Read more »

Ferguson passes nondiscrimination law

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson has become the sixth town in St. Louis County to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference. The Ferguson City Council unanimously approved the nondiscrimination protections Tuesday. Councilman Dwayne James says residents need to know that the city is welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Other… Read more »

Reward seeks information in 1965 child abduction

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly five decades after a small girl was kidnapped from the yard of her southeast Missouri home, the family of Elizabeth Gill is hoping new reward money will help uncover the mystery of her disappearance. Elizabeth was not quite 3 when she was taken on June 13, 1965, at the family’s… Read more »