VACATION

Kyle Busch violated Mexican gun laws on recent vacation

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Kyle Busch was detained at a Mexican airport late last month when a handgun and ammunition were discovered in his luggage, the NASCAR star acknowledged this week, apologizing for the incident and calling it “a mistake.”

Busch was sentenced this month to 3 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for having a gun and ammunition, a punishment handed down by a judge in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, home to beach destinations Cancun and Tulum.

The federal Attorney General’s Office said the judge decided to allow a conditional punishment and let Busch leave Mexico after he paid a bond. The office did not say how much he paid.

A two-time NASCAR champion and the winningest active driver in the Cup Series, Busch acknowledged the situation in a Monday social media post. He said he has “a valid concealed carry permit from my local authority and adhere to all handgun laws, but I made a mistake by forgetting it was in my bag.

“Discovery of the handgun led to my detainment while the situation was resolved. I was not aware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing a handgun into Mexico,” Busch wrote. “When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with the authorities, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina.

“I apologize for my mistake and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter. My family and I consider this issue closed.”

A NASCAR spokesperson said Tuesday that Busch informed the sanctioning body of the incident and is not facing any punishment. Busch is in his first season driving for Richard Childress Racing and finished third in Sunday night’s debut, a preseason exhibition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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TRAVELLING

How St. Louis tapped federal funds to help people travel who need abortions

ST. LOUIS – An ordinance that taps federal funding to connect city residents with logistical help in accessing abortion services, as well as doula, postpartum and lactation support, was signed into law Thursday morning by city mayor Tishaura Jones.

“Today, St. Louis is taking decisive action, showing our state — and our entire country — we will not stop fighting to protect access to reproductive health care,” Jones said. “The Reproductive Equity Fund will empower St. Louisans to make the best health care decisions for themselves and their communities, while addressing the disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the city Thursday afternoon, calling the bill a violation of Missouri law.

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“My Office today filed suit to put a stop to Mayor Jones and the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s blatantly illegal move to spend Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars on out-of-state abortions,” Schmitt said.

Missouri banned nearly all abortions, including in cases of rape or incest, on the same day as the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Some Missourians protested, some celebrated and others shifted their focus to how to help people seeking reproductive health care in a state where inducing one could be prosecuted as a class B felony.

That day, June 24, St. Louis Alderwoman Annie Rice also introduced her bill to use American Rescue Plan Act funds to launch a Reproductive Equity Fund in St. Louis, a move she said was a larger and “long-time effort that has been in the works” well before the fall of Roe.

“Abortion has been nearly inaccessible in Missouri for a very long time now and we’ve pretty much only had medication abortions provided at the

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