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Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution when they tried to end all government funding of Planned Parenthood. The 6-1 ruling scraps a provision in a state budget law forbidding Medicaid reimbursements to any Planned Parenthood clinic,...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Eliah Drinkwitz is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Last week, members of the Missouri football team marched from The Columns on campus to downtown Columbia in protest of racial injustice. The idea came from sophomore safety Martez Manuel, but it quickly gained the support of new coach Eli Drinkwitz and his staff. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

Jun. 13, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus. The student-led movement five years...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Eliah Drinkwitz is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Last week, members of the Missouri football team marched from The Columns on campus to downtown Columbia in protest of racial injustice. The idea came from sophomore safety Martez Manuel, but it quickly gained the support of new coach Eli Drinkwitz and his staff. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

Jun. 12, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus. The student-led movement five years...

Newspaper publisher resigns after printing racist cartoon

Jun. 11, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman's purse while hailing funding cuts to police. Bill Miller Sr. on Thursday told The Associated Press he has stepped down as publisher...

Missouri paper owners resign in protest over racist cartoon

Jun. 10, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The co-owners of a family-owned Missouri newspaper resigned from their positions in protest Wednesday after the publication of a racist syndicated cartoon that depicted a black man stealing a purse from a white woman while hailing funding cuts to police. The cartoon published in the...

Federal appeals court axes Satanic Temple abortion lawsuit

Jun. 9, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday filed by a member of the Satanic Temple against a Missouri abortion law. At issue is a law requiring women, before they can get an abortion, to receive a pamphlet that states: “The life of each human being begins...

2 Missouri students who appear to mock Floyd death withdraw

Jun. 3, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two incoming Missouri college students who participated in a video that appeared to mock the killing of George Floyd have withdrawn. The students were supposed to attend the University of Missouri and Missouri State University in the fall before taking part in a video on social media...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

Kansas City, St. Louis leaders urge lakegoers to quarantine

May. 26, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Leaders in Kansas City, St. Louis and the state of Kansas urged people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resurgence of...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's Department in Columbia, Mo., shows Joseph Elledge. Elledge, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in the death of his wife Mengqi Ji Elledge of Columbia, although her body has not been found. (Boone County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Man pleads not guilty to murdering missing Missouri wife

May. 26, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday in the presumed death of his Chinese wife, who hasn't been seen since last year. Joseph Elledge was charged in February with murder in the death of Mengqi Ji Elledge, 28, of Columbia, although her body has not been...