Missouri Republicans hope to limit local control over public health orders

A group of Republican lawmakers joined together on Tuesday to push back on local COVID-19 restrictions, announcing they will pursue legislation aimed at curbing the authority of city and county officials to shut down...

As they navigate a pandemic, grant public school officials some grace

COVID-19 has turned public education on its head. State Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin, who doesn't blame the parents who want to pull their kids out of public schools, believes they deserve other options. "The virtual education...

Health departments are ‘slammed.’ Missourians asked to contact trace on their own

New cases of the novel coronavirus are so rampant that Missouri’s local health departments can’t investigate them all, meaning some residents may never hear from public health officials. It’s far from ideal. Case investigations and...

Legislators should use COVID funds for stimulus payments to struggling Missourians

I know that many businesses across our state are working hard to keep their doors open. While their business plans may differ, from retail to service, restaurants to grocers, our businesses have one key...

Missouri Senate to vote next week on COVID funding. Fate of liability bill uncertain

The Missouri Senate will meet next week to consider a $1.3 billion COVID-19 spending bill, but the timeline for debating pandemic liability protections is not clear. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday,...

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more...

This Thanksgiving recipe doesn’t depend on food or family

With all of the frustrations, the tragedies and the maddening political chaos that have been with us this year, I have the perfect recipe for our Thanksgiving celebrations. No, it is not a new take...

Rural areas in Missouri and Kansas send their sickest patients to cities, straining hospitals

Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often...

With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a...

After Trump loss, replace populism and pity parties with persuasion and pragmatism

Reflecting over these last few weeks as the president continues to attempt to undermine the outcome of the election with unsubstantiated claims of fraud that have been rejected by courts around the country, I...

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