JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Missouri law banning protests within 300 feet of funerals but has struck down a broader law that could have kept protesters even further away.
The decision Friday by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stems from a challenge to a pair of 2006 Missouri laws enacted after protests of military members' funerals by a Kansas-based church that denounces homosexuality.
The appeals court said a Missouri law barring protests "in front of or about any location at which a funeral is held" violates First Amendment free speech rights because it creates a buffer zone of an undetermined size. It upheld a separate law setting the 300-foot buffer around funerals but said it cannot apply to funeral processions.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81.
Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Known for his clenched, precise baritone, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, 1950s to 1990s, and was idolized not just by fellow country singers, but by Frank Sinatra, Pete Townshend, Elvis Costello, James Taylor and countless others.
In a career that lasted more than 50 years, "Possum" recorded more than 150 albums and became the champion and symbol of traditional country music, a well-lined link to his hero, Hank Williams.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has installed temporary pumps to help limit untreated sewage that's been seeping into the flooded Mississippi River since Sunday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports all of the pumps are expected to be working by today.
Two pumps at the Bissell Point treatment plant failed Sunday, leading to the discharge of 105 million gallons of sewage daily into the river.
It might not be Thanksgiving time, but turkey hunting season is in full-swing in Missouri. State conservation officials say the number of turkeys killed by hunters so far this season is slightly down from last year. The Department of Conservation reports over 21,000 turkeys were taken in the first week, which is down about 300 from the first week of the 2012 season. Hunters bagged the most turkeys in Franklin and Texas counties.