(Memphis, MO) – A house fire on Saturday morning claimed the life of a four-year-old boy. The first report arrived around 8:30 a.m. and rescuers were called to a burning two-story house in Memphis. This place was just two blocks from the Memphis-Scotland County Fire Station. The victim has been identified as four-year-old Braxton Linebaugh. His body was found in an upstairs bedroom approximately 90 minutes after the firefighters arrived. A preliminary investigation suggests the victim died from smoke inhalation, but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the official cause of death. Two adults and five children were inside when the fire broke out.
(Jefferson City, MO) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said his office is in discussions with the Missouri attorney general’s office and state legislative leaders on a legal fight to challenge the president’s federal vaccine requirement Biden for private companies. In a press release, Parson said: “This attack on individual liberty and free enterprise is a poorly executed attempt by the Biden administration to reset itself after its disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Biden’s plan would require companies with more than 100 workers to get their COVID-19 shots or offer weekly testing. The president says many large companies already require vaccinations.
(Clayton, MO) – The mother of a woman who drowned in 2018 at Castlewood State Park in Ballwin has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rose Shaw died on the Meramec River. Her mother says the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and other advocates have been negligent in “not providing” lifeguards at the site and in not modifying or closing access to the stretch of river. Shaw and a 12-year-old drowned that day at a fall in the river.
(Jefferson City, MO) – New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that getting the COVID-19 vaccine could be a lifeline. The CDC study finds that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than those who are fully vaccinated. Research also shows that the unvaccinated are more than ten times more likely to be hospitalized and four and a half times more likely to contract COVID-19. Forty-six point two percent of eligible Missourians are fully immunized, which ranks 39th in the country. Fifty-two point six percent of the state’s residents received a dose. An order issued by President Biden requires workers at large employers and healthcare providers to be vaccinated against COVID. Governor Mike Parson and the Republicans of Missouri strongly oppose a federal mandate. House leaders plan to hold a public hearing on Wednesday on the issue.
(Kansas City, MO) – A former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court is joining efforts to free an inmate from jail many officials believe was wrongly convicted of triple murder. Edward “Chip” Robertson had been working on the case since 1979. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office said it did not believe Kevin Strickland, 62, was involved in the shooting. A circuit court judge has been asked to exonerate Strickland and set him free. Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt has said he believes Strickland is guilty and that Schmitt opposes his release.