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Settlement reached in Busch girlfriend’s death

ST. LOUIS | Former Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. CEO August Busch IV has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over his girlfriend’s accidental drug overdose death, Mr. Busch’s lawyer said Wednesday.

A motion seeking approval of the settlement from Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge William Syler was filed Friday.

“We believe the settlement is very fair and even generous, but in an effort to ensure Blake’s future, we are hopeful the court will approve,” Mr. Busch’s attorney, Art Margulis, said.

Adrienne Martin, 27, a one-time aspiring model, died Dec. 19 at Mr. Busch’s sprawling estate in suburban St. Louis. An autopsy concluded she overdosed on oxycodone and also had a significant amount of cocaine in her system.

Dr. Kevin Martin of Cape Girardeau, her ex-husband, filed the lawsuit last month on behalf of the couple’s 8-year-old son, Blake Martin.

OKLAHOMA

Abortions banned after 20 weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY | Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Wednesday signed into law a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, making it the fourth state to ban such late-term abortions.

She also signed a law preventing health insurers from covering elective abortions.

Mrs. Fallin, a Republican serving her first term, said both laws are important measures that safeguard life.

“Together, these two pieces of legislation will expand protections for unborn children and ensure that Oklahomans are not forced to unknowingly or unwillingly help to pay for procedures that run contrary to their values,” she said.

Barbara Santee, former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Oklahoma office, called the two laws “a frontal assault” on the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

“This is just chipping away at a woman’s right to choose,” she said.

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