Belief Death Penalty Is Applied Unfairly Shows Capital Punishment’s Growing Isolation in US

[ad_1] HOUSTON (AP) — More Americans now believe the death penalty, which is undergoing a yearslong decline of use and support, is being administered unfairly, a finding that is adding to its growing isolation in the U.S., according to an annual report on capital punishment. But whether the public’s waning support for the death penalty … Read more

Missouri Prosecutor Accuses 3 Men of Holding Student From India Captive and Beating Him

[ad_1] ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Three men held a student from India captive over the course of several months and forced him to work and perform menial tasks, then viciously beat him when he didn’t complete the chores to their satisfaction, a Missouri prosecutor said Thursday. St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph McCulloch announced … Read more

Collective Bargaining Ban in Wisconsin Under Attack by Unions After Supreme Court Majority Flips

[ad_1] Seven unions representing teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Thursday attempting to end the state’s near-total ban on collective bargaining for most public employees. The 2011 law, known as Act 10, has withstood numerous legal challenges over the past dozen years and was the signature legislative achievement of former Republican … Read more

More Allegations Emerge About Former Missouri Police Officer Charged With Assaulting Arrestees

[ad_1] ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities allege that a former suburban St. Louis police officer who is charged with sexually assaulting several arrestees also covertly took photos of people in public bathrooms. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Marcellis Blackwell, of St. Louis, is not charged with the latest allegation. But federal prosecutors discussed … Read more

Missouri Governor Granting Pardons at Pace Not Seen Since WWII Era

[ad_1] Distraught by a romantic breakup, 16-year-old Kenny Batson vented his hurt by stomping out the windshields of cars on a for-sale lot. He landed in juvenile detention, but that was only the beginning of his trouble. Over the ensuing years, Batson stole cigarettes, booze and cars for drunken joyrides while bouncing in and out … Read more

Former St. Louis Alderman in Fraud Case Also Charged With Lying to Police

[ad_1] ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis alderman indicted in a fraud case was charged with lying to police about getting carjacked last year, authorities said. Brandon Bosley was charged Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of making a false report to police when he said a woman tried to carjack him last year, … Read more

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

[ad_1] Kansas City Star. November 14, 2023. Editorial: Hiring ex-official who pleaded guilty to assault, Missouri House speaker digs deeper One of the first rules of politics is simple: When you’re already in a hole, stop digging. Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher is digging, anyway. The Republican from suburban St. Louis is already facing an … Read more

Do Snitches Net Fishes? Scientists Turn Invasive Carp Into Traitors to Slow Their Great Lakes Push

[ad_1] LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wildlife officials across the Great Lakes are looking for spies to take on an almost impossible mission: stop the spread of invasive carp. Over the last five years, agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have employed a new seek-and-destroy strategy … Read more

Park University in Missouri Lays off Faculty, Cuts Programs Amid Sharp Enrollment Drop

[ad_1] PARKVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The private Park University in Missouri is laying off faculty, cutting programs and closing campuses after a sharp drop in enrollment that echoes what is happening nationally. The school, which is based in the Kansas City area, said it planned to cut 16 faculty positions, mostly in low enrollment areas, … Read more