President Biden, don’t make the same mistakes in rural America

On Feb. 23, Tom Vilsack was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, again. In 2011, I helped write an op-ed called “What a good president would do — that would really help family farmers.” It...

Missouri Supreme Court denies Lamar Johnson a new trial

Nearly two years ago, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a motion for a new trial for Lamar Johnson, who has now spent 26 years in jail.  Gardner alleged former prosecutors and police fabricated...

‘Vaccination gap’ worse in Missouri’s urban centers, consultant hired by state finds

A consulting firm hired by the state has repeatedly found Missouri’s urban centers have the largest “vaccination gap” — the estimated number of eligible residents who still haven't received their first dose of the...

Spending bill for Medicaid expansion raises questions about intent

The $1.6 billion cost of expanding Medicaid to approximately 275,000 uninsured Missourians has been segregated from other spending in the upcoming budget year by moving it into a separate appropriation bill. The move has Democrats...

After outrage over unused vaccines at rural clinics, Parson vows more KC, STL events

Last week, multiple mass vaccination events in rural areas neared the end of the day with hundreds of doses still on hand — prompting health departments to take to social media and encourage anyone...

As a former Missouri Capitol intern, the latest scandals come as no surprise

The news of another controversy surrounding a legislator’s alleged misconduct toward a subordinate in the Missouri Capitol comes as no surprise. While I don’t know Rep. Wiley Price, or the intern he denies having...
House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, speaks during floor debate of HB 349.

‘Compromise to be had’: School choice bills face both success and gridlock in Missouri

It was a mixed week for education reform in the Missouri legislature, with historic success in one chamber and gridlock in the other. An education savings accounts program managed to clear a major hurdle, barely...

St. Louis will narrow field of candidates for mayor in city’s first nonpartisan primary

St. Louis will begin the process of electing a new mayor on Tuesday, when city voters choose two candidates to face off in the April 6 general election.  For the first time, the primary will...

Sprawling $1.9T COVID-19 relief bill passed by the U.S. House

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on a nearly party-line vote passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package early Saturday, in a rush to both boost COVID-19 vaccine funding and get legislation to...

Rumors swirled vaccine went to waste in rural Missouri. Officials say that’s false

The Bollinger County Health Center had a predicament on its hands. In conjunction with the state, it had organized a mass vaccination event on Wednesday in Leopold — population 65. Nearly 2,000 doses of COVID-19...

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