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Jul 23, 2014

Kansas man charged with murder after girl dies in police chase

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl, who was found dead after a police chase, was charged on Wednesday with first-degree felony murder in the child’s death, authorities said.

Marcus McGowan, 30, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in the incident Friday that killed 5-year-old Cadence Harris of Leavenworth, Kansas, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Jul 19, 2014

Kidnapped girl dead after Kansas shootout between police, suspect

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped on Friday night died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said on Saturday.

“The matter unfolded quite rapidly,” said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens,” calling the girl’s death tragic. “We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened.”

Jul 17, 2014

Gay, married church worker sues Missouri Catholic diocese for firing

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) – A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law.

Jul 17, 2014

Missouri executes triple murderer after stay is lifted

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – After a nearly day-long delay amid a flurry of final appeals, Missouri put to death a triple murderer who had claimed both that he was innocent and that he suffered from mental incompetence.

John Middleton, 54, was given a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. CST, according to Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell.

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. appeals court vacates stay of execution for Missouri inmate

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday vacated a stay of execution for a triple murderer and ruled that Missouri can proceed with plans to execute him Wednesday night.

The ruling, issued by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturned the decision issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry. She had ruled that the condemned man, John Middleton, 54, met a standard for mental incapacity and should be given a chance for a new hearing.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. judge stays Missouri execution of convicted killer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Missouri on Tuesday stayed the execution of a 54-year-old man convicted of three drug-related murders after the inmate’s lawyers lodged a series of appeals, including claims that he is mentally incompetent and innocent.

John Middleton was scheduled to die by lethal injection in the execution chamber at the Missouri state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Jul 9, 2014

Gun control group sues Kansas governor over gun rights law

By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – A gun violence prevention group sued Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the state’s attorney general on Wednesday, challenging a one-year-old state law on the grounds that it violates the U.S. Constitution by nullifying federal laws aimed at reducing firearms violence.

“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the lawsuit said.

Jul 8, 2014

Lawsuit demands Calif. stop approving pesticides that harm honeybees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on Tuesday.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting the state Department of Pesticide Regulation from approving any new neonicotinoid products or new uses of those products unless it completes a required re-evaulations of the pesticides.

Jul 8, 2014

Body count up to 14 after Chicago’s bloody holiday weekend

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The death toll from an outbreak of gun violence in Chicago’s during the holiday weekend rose to 14, the medical examiner’s office said on Tuesday.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to the nation’s third-largest city, with 53 people shot, including five by police, according to the Chicago Police Department. Two of those shot by police died.

Jul 7, 2014

Dozens injured, several dead in bloody holiday weekend in Chicago

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The July Fourth holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, where about 60 people were shot and nearly a dozen killed, authorities said on Monday.

The violence was so widespread during the three-day weekend that police were still tallying the dead and wounded, Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said.

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