Regional News

Execution dates scheduled for 6 Oklahoma death row inmates

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set execution dates for six death row inmates just hours before an attorney for one asked for a rehearing in his case. The court on Friday set dates for James Coddington, Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole, Richard Fairchild, John Hanson and Scott Eizember, starting Aug. 25 with Coddington and followed on Sept. 22 with Glossip. Glossip's attorney, Don Knight, later Friday filed for a new hearing based on a report from a Houston law firm that contends Glossip is innocent. Knight says the court should remove Glossip's execution date until it has considered the report. Glossip was hours from being executed in September 2015 when prison officials realized they had received the wrong lethal drug.

Missouri bans most abortions after US Supreme Court ruling

Most abortions are now illegal in Missouri following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended a constitutional protection for abortion. A 2019 Missouri law prohibits abortions “except in cases of medical emergency.” But that law had not taken effect because it contained a provision making it contingent upon verification by state officials that the Supreme Court had overruled its 1973 Roe v. Wade precedent. After Friday's Supreme Court ruling, Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Gov. Mike Parson both issued the necessary paperwork for the abortion-ban to take effect. Physicians who perform abortions could face felony charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Facebook removes GOP Senate candidate's 'RINO hunting' video

Facebook has removed a campaign video by Republican Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens that shows him brandishing a shotgun and declaring that he's hunting RINOs, or Republicans In Name Only. In the video, Greitens urges viewers to "get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.” Facebook says the ad violates “policies prohibiting violence and incitement.” Twitter blocked the video from being shared. The video comes at a time of renewed focus on violence in politics. Greitens resigned in disgrace as Missouri governor in 2018, and his ex-wife has alleged he physically abused her and their child.

2 men charged in fatal fireworks explosion that killed 4 in Missouri

Two men have been charged with murder in a house explosion near St. Louis that authorities say killed four people who were assembling fireworks in a garage. St. Louis County prosecutors charged 37-year-old Terrell Cooks and 43-year-old Seneca Mahan with three counts of second-degree murder before a fourth victim died Saturday. Prosecutors said Cooks admitted that he and Mahan made explosive devices designed to make a loud bang and bright flash and sell them to others. He directed younger people to load canisters with explosives and attach a fuse for lighting. It wasn't immediately clear whether the two men had attorneys who could comment for them. They are being held on $350,000 bail.