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Massachusetts Republicans meet in Springfield for convention

May. 21, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans held their state party convention on Saturday as they wrestle with how far to the right they should move in a deeply blue state. Members of the state GOP gathered in Springfield ahead of this autumn's elections to hear from...

Springfield women plead guilty to Capitol riot participation

May. 21, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two Springfield women have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. Cara Hentschel and Mahailya Pryer, both 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to parading, demonstrating, or...

Fuel retailers sue over requirement to post about tax freeze

May. 19, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fuel retailers argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that a requirement to post signs alerting consumers about a six-month freeze in the state motor-fuel tax unconstitutionally compels them to promote Gov. J.B. Pritzker's reelection campaign. The...

Father, son, convicted of drug charges, sent to prison

May. 16, 2022 16:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A father and his son have both been sent to prison for more than 12 years for their roles in a large-scale drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine and opioids in New England, federal prosecutors in Massachsetts said Monday. Isaac Cardona, 34, and Rafael...

Man sentenced to life in 80-year-old woman's stabbing death

May. 13, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Republic man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing an 80-year-old woman who was trying to help him after the ran away from home. Trystan Westrip, 22, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Mary...

A million empty spaces: Chronicling COVID's cruel US toll

May. 13, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

On the deadliest day of a horrific week in April 2020, COVID took the lives of 816 people in New York City alone. Lost in the blizzard of pandemic data that’s been swirling ever since is the fact that 43-year-old Fernando Morales was one of them. Two years and 1 million deaths...

Bannon singles on 1st big league pitch, O's top Cards 3-2

May. 12, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to get a hit on the first pitch of his big league career, Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom homered and the Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday. “I let him know he's in the big leagues...

Man hiking at Arkansas' Buffalo National River dies in fall

May. 09, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

JASPER, Ark. (AP) — A 46-year-old Missouri man died after falling about 20 feet (6 meters) while hiking at the Buffalo National River in Arkansas, officials said Monday. Brad Lee Thomas of Springfield was hiking with a group on Saturday in an underdeveloped wilderness area when he...

NCAA Tournament hopes in peril for defending champ Bulldogs

May. 09, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

Defending national champion Mississippi State, which has made it to the last three College World Series as one of the final eight teams standing, will be hard-pressed to even make an NCAA regional this year after losing three straight at home to Florida over the weekend. Mississippi...

Missouri House panel backs new plan for congressional seats

May. 04, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee advanced a new plan for dividing up the state's congressional districts Wednesday, seeking to break a standoff with the Senate and avoid the need for court intervention to adopt voting districts for this year's elections. The...