Missouri bill targeting DNR clears House committee, still faces uncertain future

A Missouri House committee advanced a sweeping bill environmentalists say would hamper the state’s ability to enforce clean air and water laws. But several amendment votes could undermine the bill’s prospects in the Senate.  The...

Missouri lawmakers agree on more money for hospitals, higher education

Hospitals, higher education and people who owe the state money from mistakenly paid unemployment benefits were the winners Wednesday in state budget negotiations. There’s also extra money to help defendants in limbo because they are...
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Missouri House passes bill criminalizing protesters blocking traffic, banning chokeholds

A bill criminalizing protesters that intentionally block roadways and shielding police disciplinary records from public view grew even more controversial on Tuesday, with the House adding dozens of amendments before sending it back to...

Less pollution, lower bills: Missouri, Kansas move ahead on utility securitization

Utility providers across Kansas and Missouri may soon be able to retire coal-fired power plants faster as the energy sector accelerates its transition to renewable energy sources. Kansas already passed legislation that allows companies to...

Opponents scuttle effort to add benefit limits to Missouri unemployment debt bill

A bill to forgive mistakenly paid unemployment benefit from 2020 will include a waiver for debts to the state but won’t include provisions limiting the duration of benefits, the sponsor, Sen. Mike Bernskoetter, said...
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s office refuses to release resignation letter of former COO

The same day as Randall Williams' sudden resignation as Missouri's top health official, another key member of the executive branch left his job without any explanation. Drew Erdmann, chief operating officer for the governor's office,...

Family farms are the solution, corporate agriculture is the problem

Last month, Missouri Rural Crisis Center held a telephone town-hall with thousands of Missourians across our state. The conversation focused on how we can work together to stop foreign corporate ownership of Missouri farmland,...

How Kansas City’s COVID long-haulers are coping with lingering effects after recovery

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon.  Although Mischelle Kemp, 46, caught COVID-19 in March 2020, she still has cycles of symptoms: Fever, cough, joint pain, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of taste and...
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Bipartisan coalition of lawmakers hope to fund free tampons, pads in Missouri prisons

In Missouri, incarcerated women’s access to feminine hygiene products depends on where they’re housed. Some are forced to pay to buy tampons and pads to meet their needs, while others are provided with such...

‘The fight has to change’: Why Ferguson activists ditched police reform

This is part one of a collaboration between The Missouri Independent and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Read part two.  Subscribe to the Reveal podcast to hear the audio version of this story...

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