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    03/05/2012 11:14:15 AM PST · by massmike · 22 replies
    Police in Kansas City are investigating a possible hate crime after a 13-year-old boy was doused in gasoline and set on fire. According to Allen Goin’s mother, the attack occurred just as her son was getting home from school. She said, “They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open…one of them poured gasoline, then flicked the Bic and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve white boy.’”
  • Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher in Advance of "Wedding"

    03/02/2012 1:17:03 PM PST · by massmike · 14 replies ^ | 03/02/2012 | Associated Press
    A music teacher at a Catholic Church was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York. Asked about the Archdiocese's role in the firing, a spokeswoman replied that the Archdiocese "fully supports the action taken at St. Ann Parish School as it is in full compliance with the Christian Witness Statement signed by every educator in the Catholic school system." The Christian Witness Statement, which educators sign when applying for work in the archdiocese, says all who serve in Catholic education should, among other requirements, "not take a public...
  • MO Rep. Stacey Newman Proposes Bill to Restrict Vasectomies

    03/02/2012 11:42:42 AM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    RFT ^ | March 2, 2012 | Paul Friswold
    Representative Stacey Newman. ​Well, well, well. The birth control debate has finally come to our swimsuit areas, gentlemen. Yesterday Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis County) filed HB1853, which would only allow a man to have a vasectomy when doing so would protect him from serious injury or prevent his death. Ah, the legislation's on the other set of genitalia now. Rep. Newman -- whom I'd like to nominate for Hero Squad right here and now -- has been frustrated with the recent political debates over birth control access and reproductive health. The legislation is her pointed way...
  • Teen Set on Fire in Racial Attack; Media Silent

    03/01/2012 10:55:20 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 68 replies · 82+ views
    The New American ^ | 01 March 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.” So spewed the attackers of Melissa Coon’s 13-year-old son, as they doused him with gasoline and set him alight. Police, they say, are “investigating” whether this is a hate crime. Yes, and I’m investigating whether the media is biased and if hate-crime law is applied equally. I’ll get back to you on that — in about two paragraphs. The attack on the boy took place on the east side of Kansas City, Missouri. Fox 4 Kansas City provides some (sanitized) details, writing, “The victim is a student at...
  • Teens attack, burn KC teen headed home from school

    02/29/2012 9:17:41 PM PST · by One Name · 34 replies · 6+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/29/12 | Tony Rizzo
    Kansas City police are investigating an after-school assault during which a teenager was burned when one of his assailants ignited a can of gasoline. The 13-year-old victim told police that two older teens followed him from East High School on Tuesday afternoon to his house in the 2200 block of Quincy Avenue. As he was attempting to unlock the front door, one of the assailants grabbed him in a bear hug, he told police. The second suspect picked up a can of gasoline and said, “This is what you get,” according to police reports. The suspect pulled out a lighter,...
  • Strong Tornado Hits Branson Missouri

    02/29/2012 12:18:25 AM PST · by FourPeas · 49 replies · 10+ views
    kfsm via twitter ^ | 29 Feb 2012
    Reports via twitter and storm spotters on WeatherTap that a strong tornado has hit Branson, Missouri. Significant damage reported in populated areas. Damage reported to Capri Inn.
  • Tornado Moving Through Branson, MO

    02/28/2012 11:30:52 PM PST · by Strategerist · 7 replies · 4+ views
    National Weather Service ^ | February 29, 2012 | Cramer
  • Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama

    02/25/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals. Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. “There was a sense that none of us should wait, we can’t wait for things to happen in Congress,” Markell said of the meeting. “We’re going to do what we can do [now].” Obama has positioned himself against Congress as...
  • Jury acquits father-in-law in Noel fatal shooting(MO)

    02/25/2012 5:57:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Jeff Lehr
    PINEVILLE, Mo. — A McDonald County jury decided Thursday that James Patterson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son-in-law, Marty Reece, in Noel more than two years ago. Jurors deliberated less than three hours before acquitting Patterson, 51, of charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in a two-day trial in Pineville. Circuit Judge Tim Perigo had dismissed a charge of attempted murder against Patterson’s wife, Kimberly, 47, before jury deliberations began. The judge’s call and the jury’s verdict left the Pattersons obviously relieved but drew bitter reactions from the family of the 32-year-old Reece, who...
  • Homeowner shoots at subjects after being attacked - Subjects flee to woods(MO)

    02/22/2012 6:14:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Kyle Quick
    New Haven, Mo. - Last night at approximately 7:17 p.m., deputies responded to the 3000 block of Kaiser Hill Road for a possible burglary in progress. The reporting party stated that he observed two white males, one wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and the second white male wearing a T-shirt. The two suspects were trying to break in through the basement. The reporting party grabbed a handgun and confronted the subjects. The victim stated that the subjects charged toward him but then ran towards the nearby woods. It appears the suspects were unable to make entry in to the residence....
  • Claire McCaskill digging in to keep Senate seat

    02/20/2012 6:02:53 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | February 19, 2012 | David Goldstein
    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in recent weeks has criticized the president’s budget as too tame, and has teamed up with Republicans on several fronts to control spending. At the same time, the Missouri Democrat has been one of President Barack Obama’s strongest allies, backing his agenda about 95 percent of the time since 2010, according to a Congressional Quarterly analysis. She also was one of his earliest and most vocal supporters when he ran for the White House four years ago. “I just love her, so whenever I have an excuse to see her, I’m happy,” the president said last...
  • 51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training

    02/18/2012 8:23:24 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 90 replies
    Fort Leonard Wood Guidon ^ | 2/16/2012 | Melissa Buckley
    At 9 o’clock this morning, Sgt. Sandra Coast will graduate from Basic Combat Training on Fort Leonard Wood, officially beginning her Army career — at 51 years old. According to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, the average age for an Army Reserve recruit is about 23, making Coast one of the oldest people to go through Basic Combat Training. “Everybody in the world thinks I am a total nutcase,” Coast said. “I just want to support our troops. I love all of them.” From 1982 to 1993, Coast devoted her life to the U.S. Navy. She gave up her lifestyle...
  • Claire McCaskill goes all-in on President Obama

    02/16/2012 8:22:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | February 15, 2012 | By SCOTT WONG
    When the leader of the free world touched down in Ohio last month for a headline-making jaunt, the Buckeye State’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was nowhere to be seen. And Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said he couldn’t break his plans to join President Barack Obama for some fun at Walt Disney World a few weeks ago. Then there’s Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. While other swing-state Democrats on the November ballot flee from the vulnerable president, McCaskill has unabashedly hitched herself to Obama — for better or worse, in political sickness or health. Resigned to the reality that her Republican opponents...
  • Video: First campaign ad on HHS mandate in MO Senate race

    02/16/2012 7:13:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Sarah Steelman hits the air first in using the HHS mandate on religious organizations as a billy club in the upcoming elections. Steelman will run for the chance to replace Claire McCaskill in a tough Republican primary, one in which she will almost certainly get outspent by John Brunner. With only $84,000 cash on hand at the moment, Steelman rolls the dice by hammering McCaskill over her support for the mandate, and vows to fight for First Amendment rights if she beats McCaskill in the fall:
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • GOP members gather at Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

    02/12/2012 6:11:19 PM PST · by Optimist · 2 replies
    St joseph News Press ^ | 02/12/2012 | Ken Newton
    Republicans gathered in St. Joseph Saturday night regarded differences within their party not as fractiousness but a sign of good health leading to this year’s elections. Gathered at the annual Buchanan County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the St. Joseph Country Club, GOP officeholders and office-seekers called the party energized statewide and nationally. The fact that so many races have produced hard-fought primaries only means a broader base of support for the general elections against Democrats, they said. Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said primaries prove a testing ground for candidates at all levels. “I think we’ll see that in the (U.S.)...
  • Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]

    02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 348 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON
    Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner. Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008. With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr....
  • Santorum May be Positioned to Shake Up Presidential Race

    02/07/2012 5:49:58 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies
    The Centre Daily ^ | 7 February 2012 | David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum faced an important opportunity Tuesday to become the chief conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, as he was poised for possibly strong showings in Republican presidential contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was expected to remain the front-runner for the GOP nomination whatever happened Tuesday, thanks to his huge advantages in campaign cash and organization and his impressive earlier wins in New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada. But late polls showed Santorum surging, although polls are notoriously weak at forecasting caucus results, because caucus turnout tends to be low and to require unusually...
  • Iowa woman accused of blackmailing TLC show

    02/08/2012 10:27:37 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 4 replies · 1+ views
    DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is charged with extortion in an alleged plot to get Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000 in exchange for not revealing compromising photos of a cast member, according to federal court documents. Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, is accused of threatening to release photos of a cast member in "apparently intimate situations" to a magazine. Hunt was arrested Feb. 1 after she apparently sent television executives typed and handwritten letters demanding the show be canceled, along with a business card for "Perfect Pictures." The...
  • Teen Killed 9-Year-Old Girl to Find Out What it Was Like

    02/08/2012 9:41:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Kansas City.Com ^ | January 14, 2012 | David A. Lieb
    Alyssa Bustamante A Missouri teenager who told authorities she wanted to know what it felt like to kill pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder, telling a judge that she strangled a 9-year-old neighbor with her hands, stabbed her in the chest and cut her throat with a knife. Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, a rural town just west of Jefferson City. -Snip- Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce then asked Bustamante to describe what she did. “I strangled her and stabbed her in...
  • Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing

    02/08/2012 8:24:18 AM PST · by mgstarr · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 2/8/12 | David Lieb
    A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Bustamante was 15 years old when she confessed to strangling Elizabeth, repeatedly stabbing her in the chest and slicing the girl's throat. She led police to the shallow grave where she had concealed Elizabeth's body under a blanket of leaves in the woods behind their neighborhood. "I know words," she said, pausing to take a deep breath and struggling to compose herself, "can...
  • Three Lessons from the ‘Beauty Contests’ (MO, MN and CO -- The storyline changes again)

    02/08/2012 6:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Did Tuesday’s results matter? Nowhere near as much as the results from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida mattered. But primary campaigns rarely reach stasis; momentum shifts, ebbs, and flows, and the trio of contests yesterday offered a few hints that the storyline will change once again.Rick Santorum is on the verge of overtaking Newt Gingrich as the anti-Romney alternative.Santorum began this contest as the man of the hour, the little engine that could in a sweater-vest who challenged and beat the much-better-funded Mitt Romney . . . and yet he has, at the moment, an entire three...
  • Another Twist for G.O.P. as Santorum Fares Well (NYT)

    02/08/2012 2:18:20 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8 February 2012 | Jim Rutenburg
    His candidacy all but dismissed just days ago, Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a nonbinding primary in Missouri on Tuesday, an unexpected trifecta that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to corral conservative support. With his triumphs, Mr. Santorum was also suddenly presenting new competition to Newt Gingrich as the chief alternative to Mr. Romney, the front-runner. Where Mr. Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina, Mr. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa...
  • Santorum declared winner in Missouri, Minnesota

    02/07/2012 8:12:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2012 | By Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson
    DENVER — Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night on Tuesday by winning the Missouri primary and the Minnesota caucuses, breathing life into his struggling campaign and slowing Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination. Early returns had Santorum running two-to-one over Romney in Missouri, and the Associated Press projected he would win the state’s “beauty contest” primary, which awards no delegates but provides fresh momentum to the former Pennsylvania senator’s campaign. Romney was hoping to extend his winning streak as he tried to strengthen his claim to the mantle of the presumptive nominee, but he was bracing for a...
  • Santorum Wins Missouri Primary

    02/07/2012 7:27:28 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 129 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7 Feb. 2012 | Michael Crittendom, Neil King Jr.
    By MICHAEL R. CRITTENDEN And NEIL KING JR. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum handily won Missouri's primary election Tuesday night and was showing signs of strength in Minnesota's caucuses, threatening to deal national front-runner Mitt Romney a setback in two Midwestern states. With results from Colorado just trickling in, the returns from the other two states holding nominating contests Tuesday looked to give a jolt of momentum to Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator.
  • CNN Projects Rick Santorum Will Win The Nonbinding Missouri Primary [CNN Ticker]

    02/07/2012 7:05:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | February 07, 2012
    CNN projects Rick Santorum will win the nonbinding Missouri primary. Missouri is one of three states holding contests tonight in the race for the GOP
  • LIVE THREAD: Results in CO., MN., MO.

    02/07/2012 5:08:04 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 999 replies · 2+ views
    2-7-12 | ?
    Open for discussion.
  • Company Faces Forgery Charges in Mo. Foreclosures [RoboSigning]

    02/07/2012 12:51:43 PM PST · by Theoria · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 06 Feb 2012 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON
    One of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the nation, DocX, has been indicted on forgery charges by a Missouri grand jury — one of the few criminal actions to follow reports of widespread improprieties against homeowners. A grand jury in Boone County, Mo., handed up an indictment Friday accusing DocX of 136 counts of forgery in the preparation of documents used to evict financially strained borrowers from their homes. Lorraine O. Brown, the company’s founder and former president, was indicted on the same charges. Employees of DocX, a unit of Lender Processing Services of...
  • Newt Gingrich leaves Las Vegas with plan to woo NASCAR voters, sweep South

    02/05/2012 5:21:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2012 | Shannon McCaffrey
    LAS VEGAS — Newt Gingrich is wooing NASCAR voters. As he charts a possible course to the Republican nomination, aides say Gingrich will paint frontrunner Mitt Romney as the candidate of the PGA golf tour while the former House speaker pursues the blue collar mantle of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a strategy that exploits the class warfare Gingrich professes to oppose. Still, it could pay dividends once the GOP race again swings South. Gingrich sees delegate-rich Texas as a firewall in April. But he must slog through more than 30 contests before that....
  • Romney not so strong in MO, OH primaries

    02/05/2012 8:07:26 AM PST · by TBBT · 29 replies
    PPP ^ | 1/31/2012 | PPP
    Raleigh, N.C. – It looks like Mitt Romney is headed for a decisive victory in the Florida primary tonight, but beyond the Sunshine State, he has more work to do to wrap things up. Newt Gingrich still looks pretty strong in Missouri and Ohio, but the candidate with the greatest potential to challenge Romney, in the Midwest at least, is Rick Santorum. Santorum is by far the best liked of the four remaining candidates in these two states. And not only does he do well in the horseraces, but if the race is winnowed to him and Romney, he would...
  • Another twist in the Republican race: Rick Santorum is on track to win Missouri

    02/03/2012 7:12:07 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 29 replies
    The Telegraph [London] ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mike Smithson
    With all the focus on the bruising battle between ex-house Speaker Newt Gingrich and the front-runner, Mitt Romney, very little attention is being paid to the only other contender to have won a state. That's the former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Unfortunately his victory in Iowa was hardly noticed because on the night itself it was Romney who was ahead by eight votes. The process of certifying the result shifted the total so that two and a half weeks later Santorum was officially declared the winner by a margin of 34 – but by that time the narrative had moved...
  • Greene County prosecutor defines 'Castle Doctrine' after citizens hold burglars at gunpoint(MO)

    02/02/2012 6:40:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Emily Wood
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County sheriff's deputies and Springfield police officers recently picked up five suspected burglars at two homes within four days. Cops said the arrests were thanks in part to alert citizens. In both instances, regular people tracked down the burglars and held them at gunpoint until officers arrived. Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson warns citizens, however, that although they might feel emboldened by a law that lets them defend themselves against intruders on their property, the law doesn't give them blanket permission to shoot an intruder. "I was fortunate that it turned out like it did....
  • Conservatives Won't Have Romney Shoved Down Their Throats

    02/01/2012 2:08:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 85 replies · 6+ views ^ | Feb 1, 2012 | By Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation
    If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues in the Republican primaries, not only is he doing more good than harm, he may be the only candidate left who can save the Republican Party. The Republican establishment is bound and determined that it is going to impose a Mitt Romney on us. Conservatives do not want former Gov. Mitt Romney. You see, we have danced this dance before. We had Sen. John McCain shoved down our throats in 2008. How did that work out for us? We have George W. Bush, who barely won his races, and before that we had...
  • Update #2 of Full Primary Caucus Calendar

    01/31/2012 4:30:09 PM PST · by Ron C. · 5 replies · 2+ views
    CA GOP, and various additional | 1/31/12 | Ron C
    Updated Full Primary/Caucus Calendar Jan 3 Iowa (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Unbound - Allocation at State Convention Jan 10 New Hampshire (primary) 12 Delegates 12 Bound - Proportional with 10% threshold Jan 21 South Carolina (primary) 25 Delegates 25 Bound - Winner-take-all per statewide vote Jan 31 Florida (primary) 50 Delegates 50 Bound - winner-take-all per statewide vote Feb 4 Nevada (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Bound - Allocated on results of primary Feb 4-11 Maine (caucus) 24 Delegates 24 Unbound - Convention elects delegates Feb 7 Colorado (caucus) 36 Delegates 36 Unbound - Allocated at State Convention Minnesota (caucus) 40...
  • Retired librarian holds three burglary suspects on property until police arrive(MO)

    02/01/2012 12:54:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Emily Wood
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --A retired school librarian and his brother-in-law held three burglars at gunpoint until police could get to a property on West Kearney Street near West Bypass on Monday morning. The three arrested men could face burglary charges. "It was way out of character for me," said Ken Richardson, the retired librarian. Richardson said, when he saw an unfamiliar vehicle parked in his family's driveway, he knew he had to do something. The home belongs to the grandmother of Richardson's brother-in-law. "Gary grabbed his gun and said, 'Let's get in the truck and go,'" said Richardson. Richardson said the...
  • Gingrich, Santorum Surging in Midwest (Polls: Santorum leads in Missouri, Gingrich leads in Ohio)

    02/01/2012 9:34:25 AM PST · by Qbert · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Jan 2012 | Newsmax Wires
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lead the way in states with upcoming primaries, according to The State Column. In Ohio, Gingrich leads with 26 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 25 percent. Santorum is not far behind, with 22 percent, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 11 percent. Ohio’s primary election will be held on Super Tuesday, March 6. Gingrich’s name is not on the ballot in Missouri, where Santorum leads with 45 percent, followed by Romney with 34 percent...
  • Poll: Tough Road Ahead For Romney(Losing in Missouri, Ohio)

    01/31/2012 12:38:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 55 replies
    cbs4 Miami ^ | January 31, 2012 2:42 PM
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Mitt Romney might want to relish his likely victory in Florida because he has trouble ahead of him in Missouri and Ohio. According to a new Public Policy Polling poll, Romney is trailing Newt Gingrich 30-24 among likely Missouri caucus voters. Sandwiched in between Romney and Gingrich is Rick Santorum who polled at 28 percent in Missouri’s caucus. Missouri is voting in both a caucus and primary this year. The primary election won’t select the candidate the state is giving delegate to because Missouri was going to be penalized for moving its state election up this year....
  • Anyone But Romney: The race by the Republican right to find an ‘ABR’ continues

    01/31/2012 10:54:08 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 123 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan 31, 2012
    Updated Jan. 31, 2012: Support for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has remained one of the few constants during the Republican nomination race. But as contenders to Mr. Romney have emerged and then faded, the GOP still seems hesitant to embrace him. The most recent candidate to play the Anyone But Romney role is former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who recently finished first in the party’s South Carolina primary. The National Post’s graphics team takes a look at the ups and downs of the race so far. [great grapics at source]
  • Tens of Thousands Waving Flags Turn Out in Cold for St. Louis Tribute to Iraq War Vets

    01/29/2012 5:15:33 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    Tens of Thousands Waving Flags Turn Out in Cold for St. Louis Tribute to Iraq War Vets St. Louis parade on Iraq War's end draws thousands By JIM SALTER, Associated Press January 29, 2012 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, borne out of a simple conversation between two St. Louis friends a month ago, was the nation's first big welcome-home...
  • Police oppose measure allowing guns in public buildings

    01/27/2012 11:13:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 27 January, 2012 | BRAD COOPER
    TOPEKA -- Police chiefs from nine Kansas universities and colleges Thursday came out against a measure that would allow concealed handguns in government buildings. “We are absolutely convinced the risk created by firearms on campus exceeds any actual benefit for self-protection,” said Richard Johnson, chief of police at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “It is our professional conviction that firearms do not enhance university security, but will contradict many of the best practices already in place.” Johnson represented a group that included police chiefs from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State, Pittsburg State, Johnson County Community...
  • Missing toddler found dead in St. Louis suburb

    <p>AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — Police say a small body found near a St. Louis County cemetery is that of a 1-year-old boy reported missing hours earlier from his home.</p>
  • Gun crosshairs found on Missouri senators' doors

    01/25/2012 12:17:50 PM PST · by Abathar · 49 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2012 | CNN wirestaff
    (CNN) -- Five Missouri state senators, all Democrats, found stickers resembling rifle crosshairs on the doors to their capitol offices Tuesday as the legislature debated health care reform, several senators said. "This is a very open act," said Sen. Maria Chappell-Nadal, who said she was taking it as a serious threat. Police presence in the hallways of the capitol in Jefferson City was stepped up after the discovery, Chappell-Nadal said. Capitol police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have taken the brass nameplates where the small orange stickers were placed, she said. A police spokesman would not comment to CNN....
  • KC Woman Scares Off 3 Intruders

    01/25/2012 9:58:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 23 January, 2012 | NA
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman was able to protect herself and her home from multiple intruders over the weekend. Neighbors said three people forced their way into the woman's home in the 7600 block of Richmond Avenue. The woman is a cat lover and neighbors said the intruders scratched at the woman's door to get her attention. "They know she had a lot of cats, and they tricked her and scratched on her door," said neighbor Regina Porter. "They ambushed her." Police said the intruders were looking for the basement, where multiple firearms were stashed away in...
  • Self-defense shootings to get closer scrutiny

    01/24/2012 1:21:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies ^ | 23 January, 2012 | AP
    An increasing number of intruders in St. Louis are being gunned down by homeowners, due in part to a 2007 self-defense law known as the castle doctrine. But now, authorities are changing how they review apparent justifiable homicide cases.
  • Missouri authorities navigate castle doctrine

    01/24/2012 10:05:31 AM PST · by fungoking · 2 replies ^ | 1/23/2012 | Kim Bell
    In total, there were seven fatal shootings that involved the castle doctrine or other self-defense laws in St. Louis last year, compared with two in 2010. St. Louis police are changing how they handle apparent justifiable homicide cases in response to the spate of such shootings. In the past, detectives and supervisors in the St. Louis Police Department's homicide unit who thought a homicide was justified would call prosecutors to run it by them, to make sure they agreed. "If the victim was able to articulate that they thought their lives were in jeopardy, along with being supported by physical...
  • Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Tornado Watch 5

    01/22/2012 4:44:17 PM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 194 replies
    NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center ^ | 1/22/12 | SPC office
  • La Raza likely to come to KC in 2015

    01/20/2012 11:44:02 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 24 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Jan 20, 2012 | La Raza likely to come to KC in 2015
    A major Latino organization that canceled its planned 2009 convention in Kansas City because of a controversial appointment by former Mayor Mark Funkhouser will likely bring its 10,000-delegate event here in 2015. **SNIP** Convention officials were excited about La Raza’s reconsideration of Kansas City. “After a false start in 2009, I think it’s great to see we’ve attracted the attention of La Raza,” said Rick Hughes, president of the Convention and Visitors Association. “It’s great their giving us a second chance.”
  • Five key senators abandon online piracy bills amid Web protests

    01/18/2012 3:08:55 PM PST · by abb · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 18, 2012 | Brendan Sasso and Gautham Nagesh
    Congressional support for controversial online piracy legislation eroded dramatically on Wednesday in the face of an unprecedented online protest supported by tech titans such as Google, Wikipedia and Facebook. Several key senators withdrew their support from the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA), including Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), an elected member of his party's leadership. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who leads the Senate GOP's campaign team, said the legislation should be put on hold, while Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a sponsor and the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, retreated from the...
  • Charles Price II, former ambassador to Great Britain, dies.(Reagan's Ambassador)

    01/13/2012 6:05:48 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 4 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | January 13, 2012 | None Listed
    Charles H. Price II, Kansas City banker, candy company executive and diplomat before the Court of St. James’s, died Thursday night in California, friends said. He was 80 years old. Price had served as President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Belgium and then Great Britain. He was a friend of both the Reagans as well as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He accompanied her to the scene in Scotland of the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988.
  • UPDATED: Woman Who Shot At Home Invader Charged With Drug Possession(MO)

    01/12/2012 2:18:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 6 January, 2012 | Brett Blume
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - The woman who shot at an intruder in her Jefferson County home last night, allegedly had a lot of pot in her house. Jefferson County Deputies say they found “several pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution” in Judith Gilbert’s home. The 53-year-old is now in jail, charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute. Gilbert told police that a man used pepper spray to force his way into her home last night. After she shot at him he fled…and remains at large. It’s not known if he was wounded. OUR PREVIOUS STORY: Sheriff’s investigators...