The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. Shortly after the court’s decision was announced, Attorney General Eric Schmitt enacted Missouri’s trigger law that effectively outlaws abortion in the state. The opinion by six of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to lead to an uptick in the number of women traveling for abortions or unsafe abortions in states where the medical procedure will now be banned or heavily restricted. “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the justices wrote. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor wrote the dissent in the case. “With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent,” it began Twenty-two states have laws that would restrict when and how a patient can terminate a pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and rights organization. Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin are among the 10 states that have pre-Roe abortion bans that will now take effect. Thirteen states — including Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee — have laws enacted since Roe that will be “triggered” by the court’s decision. A dozen states, including Maine, Maryland, Nevada and Washington, have laws that would protect abortion access up to the point of viability, usually 22 to 24 weeks into a pregnancy. Colorado, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Oregon and Vermont have laws that protect abortion access throughout a pregnancy, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. Shortly after the court’s decision was announced, Attorney General Eric Schmitt enacted Missouri’s trigger law that effectively outlaws abortion in the state. The opinion by six of the Court’s nine justices will allow each […]

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U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

(Missouri Independent) – The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to be passed […]

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Children age 6 months and up now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation for children down to 6 months of age to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC’s recommendation was made after analyzing substantial data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness […]

Voting Rights

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

(Missouri Independent) – Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a communal TV, and it was loud,” said Gregory Barnhart, 25, who […]

Sex Trafficking

Man convicted of sex trafficking and scheme to compel victims, including a minor, to engage in prostitution

A federal jury found defendant Lonnie Mitchell, 36, guilty of numerous offenses relating to the defendant’s involvement in coercing several victims, including a minor, to engage in prostitution over the course of several years. Following a five-day trial, the jury convicted the defendant of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion of five victims. The […]

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Nail salon owner sentenced to 15 years in prison for forcing a woman to work in her salon for almost two years

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced defendant Thuy Tien Luong, 38, of Charlotte, North Carolina, to 15 years in prison and ordered her to pay $75,000 in restitution to the victim. A federal jury previously convicted the defendant of forced labor on Jan. 8, 2021, following a five-day trial. According to the evidence […]

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Audio: Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley says crackdown on violent criminals, not gun rights

A bipartisan agreement has reportedly been reached on Capitol Hill Senate regarding some gun safety measures. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is part of the negotiations, but as Joey Parker tells us, Josh Hawley says Congress needs to take a different path.     Senator Hawley says he would like to see what’s in the bipartisan […]

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Former police officer indicted for sexually assaulting a female crime victim

A former police officer with the Memphis Police Department was charged in an indictment unsealed in the Western District of Tennessee for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty. According to the indictment, Bridges Randle, 47, who has also used the names Ajamu Abiola Banjoko and Oluwafemi Abiola Banjoko, sexually assaulted the woman […]

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January 6 panel says Trump spread claims of election fraud debunked by his own legal team

(Missouri Independent) – Former President Donald Trump planted the seeds for the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by continually promoting theories that he lost the 2020 election through fraud, even though top advisers and officials told him there was no evidence to support the claim, according to testimony a U.S. House committee presented […]

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate deal on gun control met with praise from Biden and Democrats

(Missouri Independent) (Rudi Keller contributed to this article) – The White House and Democratic leaders expressed support Monday for a framework on gun control legislation that 10 Senate Democrats and 10 Senate Republicans, including U.S. Roy Blunt of Missouri, agreed to over the weekend.  The second-deadliest school shooting in a decade in Uvalde, Texas, where […]

Coalition of lawmakers introduce legislation to reduce gun violence

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Stop Gun Criminals Act, legislation to increase penalties for felons who illegally possess or use firearms. The text of the bill can be […]

Mental Health

Lawmakers announce Bill to expand mental health and addiction services nationwide

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) announced their bipartisan bill to expand high-quality mental health and addiction services nationwide is included in the Senate bipartisan proposal. Their initiative provides every state with funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in their communities—building on a successful effort that has shown results across the […]

Veterans

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage

(Missouri Independent) – The U.S. Senate is set to approve a sweeping bill in the coming days that would expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas — though a few final details linger. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill were negotiating behind the scenes Wednesday to determine how many amendments […]

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U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill with only five Republicans in support

(Missouri Independent) – (Jennifer Shutt contributed to this article) –The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party-line vote, the House passed Georgia […]

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Four former prison officials sentenced to prison for smuggling contraband to inmates

Four former prison officials have been sentenced to prison for smuggling drugs and other contraband into the Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, a privately run, maximum-security federal prison in Kansas. Janna Grier, 36, of Horton, Kansas, was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to solicit bribes and provide contraband to inmates of a […]

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Graves introduces school security bill, votes against gun control legislation

Congressman Sam Graves released the following statement after introducing STOP II: the Secure Every School and Protect Our Nation’s Children Act and voting against gun control legislation. “Our children deserve to be safe at school. But, the gun control measures presented today—some of which have already been found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and federal district courts—would […]

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Federal agents arrest 32 individuals suspected of child exploitation in Kansas and Missouri during “Operation Blue Ghost”

During Operation Blue Ghost, Homeland Security Investigations Kansas City and HSI Kansas City Child Exploitation Taskforce partners conducted an undercover child exploitation operation in and around Wichita, Kansas, from May 17 to June 2, resulting in the arrest of 32 individuals suspected of crimes against children. “I am extremely proud of all of the special […]

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Advocates for $15-an-hour federal minimum wage press Biden for a meeting

(Missouri Independent) – The Poor People’s Campaign is urging President Joe Biden to meet with low-income workers before the organization’s march on Washington, D.C., on June 18 to advocate for a $15 federal minimum wage. “What we cannot do is be silent anymore,” Rev. William Barber II, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said during […]

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Preparing for college this fall? Don’t forget health insurance coverage

As graduating seniors in Massachusetts and around the U.S. carve out their immediate future, they are reminded to make health insurance a priority. Experts pointed out there is a range of options for college-age students to consider. Louise Norris, licensed broker, and analyst for the website healthinsurance.org, said the Affordable Care Act has allowed more people to […]

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Families from Utah sue state over law excluding transgender girls from sports

Two families are suing the state of Utah over a controversial law that allows schools to exclude transgender students from competing in girls’ sports. House Bill 11 was initially vetoed in March by Gov. Spencer Cox, then overridden by the Republican majority in the Legislature to become state law. The bill is one of dozens either […]