State digest 03/01/06

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Supreme Court upholds 24-hour abortion wait

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions, rejecting arguments that it was overly vague and deprived people of liberty and privacy rights. The unanimous ruling by Missouri's highest court focused on whether the 2003 law ran contrary to the state constitution. Although a victory for pro-life groups, the ruling is not the end of the matter: Planned Parenthood affiliates, which filed the state case, also have challenged the law in federal court.

Ex-SEMO player charged with stealing, burglary

A former Southeast basketball player has been charged with felony stealing and burglary. Dainmon Gonner, 25, of Fort Worth, Texas, was charged Oct. 6 with second-degree burglary and stealing in Cape Girardeau County. Details of the crime were not immediately available Tuesday night. Before leaving Southeast Missouri State University in 2005, Gonner led the Redhawks in scoring and had the second most rebounds for the team. Gonner, whose bond was set at $20,000, was next scheduled to appear in court March 16 for a preliminary hearing.

McCaskill to discuss drug costs at Cape library

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill will be joined by her mother, Betty Ann McCaskill, for a town-hall meeting on prescription drug costs at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library. McCaskill, currently the state auditor, is seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Jim Talent.

-- From staff, wire reports

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