ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new report found that more than 3,700 pregnant women and new mothers were hospitalized in Missouri for opioid abuse in the past two years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Hospital Association research indicates the number of babies born suffering withdrawal symptoms could be underreported. State data has identified more than 1,080 newborns diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome during 2016 and 2017.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were shot while transporting him last week. Wyandotte County Mark Dupree announced Friday that 30-year-old Antoine Fielder was charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer. Police say they were apparently overpowered June 15 by Fielder behind the Kansas City, Kansas, courthouse.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mike Parson has signed his first five bills into law as Missouri's governor, including one that exempts small farms from parts of the state's clean water law. That bill also restricts when the Department of Natural Resources can regulate toxic coal ash in some landfills. Proponents say the changes remove needless regulation. Critics say the coal ash provision could endanger Missouri's groundwater.
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Shawnee man has been charged in the shooting death of Jacob Stowers in Houston Lake. The Platte County prosecutor's office said in a news release Friday that 26-year-old Coty Borst has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 21 death.
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