Missouri Planned Parenthood fights to keep abortion license

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal judge is weighing whether to allow a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic to keep its abortion license past December during a court battle over its licensure. Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic stopped providing medication-induced abortions last month because its doctor lost state-required hospital privileges. As a result, the state health…

Missouri trooper charged in handcuffed Iowa man’s drowning

VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man. The Kansas City Star reports that a special prosecutor announced the charge Friday against Trooper Anthony Piercy outside the Morgan County Justice Center. Piercy was transporting Brandon Ellingson for a breath…

Governor Rauner calls Illinois budget meeting productive

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner says this week’s meeting with legislative leaders about the state budget impasse was productive even though House Speaker Michael Madigan did not attend. The Republican governor commented Friday after the Democratic speaker missed the latest meeting Thursday due to what his spokesman said was a scheduling conflict. Rauner says…