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Mother of Trayvon Martin announces run for local office

May. 20, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away...

Ferguson activist turned lawmaker resigns from Legislature

May. 17, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist who became a prominent urban voice in Missouri's largely conservative Legislature, is giving up his House seat, in part due to mental health struggles. Franks was first elected in 2016 when he defeated veteran Democratic lawmaker Penny Hubbard, two...

5 years later, officer faces reckoning for chokehold death

May. 12, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The deadly confrontation five summers ago flickers in Gwen Carr's mind, competing for attention with warm, happy memories of her late son Eric Garner's life. For all the smiles and laugher they shared, there are flashes of Garner being grabbed by a New York City police officer and crying...

C u in court: Text messages now remind defendants to show up

May. 4, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — C u in court. Courts around the country are embracing text messages as a way to nudge people into showing up for their hearings. On any given day, up to half of defendants fail to show up for their scheduled proceedings. No-shows cost the courts time and money, and can cost defendants...

St. Louis-area cop indicted for shooting shoplifting suspect

May. 1, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer who says she meant to use her stun gun but mistakenly grabbed her service revolver was indicted on a second-degree assault charge Wednesday for shooting a suspected shoplifter outside a grocery store. St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell said Julia...

Billboards above African-American cemetery prompt lawsuit

Apr. 23, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Billboards towering over an African-American cemetery in suburban St. Louis desecrate the memory of the people buried there, a volunteer who tends to the facility claims in a lawsuit seeking their removal. Wanda Brandon's lawsuit seeks an injunction that would require removal of the...

Board alleges pathology assistant misrepresented himself

Apr. 22, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas board alleges in a lawsuit that a pathology assistant performed autopsies without the proper oversight. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts also alleges that Shawn Parcells made medical diagnoses and represented himself as a...

The Latest: Reuters: We'll celebrate when reporters are free

Apr. 15, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Pulitzer Prizes (all times local): 7 p.m. Reuters' leaders say they're proud that the news service won Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting and breaking news photography, but they're dismayed that two reporters are in prison for their award-winning work. Thomson...

Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger wins Pulitzer Prize

Apr. 15, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger has won a Pulitzer Prize for his series of columns about debtors' prisons in Missouri. The Pulitzer winners were announced Monday. Messenger won in the category of commentary. Messenger found defendants across Missouri who owed thousands of...

Missouri attorney general sues city over traffic tickets

Apr. 4, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued a southwestern Missouri city on Thursday for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas to generate revenue for the municipal government. The City of Diamond's police chief, Michael Jones, wrote on a white board that the city was $5,000 behind and...