Missouri, Florida, Texas account for 40% of all COVID-19 cases this week

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just...
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Missouri Supreme Court rules voter-approved Medicaid expansion is constitutional

Missouri must expand Medicaid to 275,000 eligible people who were expecting coverage under a constitutional amendment that took effect July 1, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In an unanimous opinion, the court overturned a...
COVID-19 vaccines are administered at a vaccine clinic by Phelps Health in Rolla on April 1, 2021.

GOP legislators in Missouri oppose vaccine efforts as state becomes COVID hotspot

This story was originally published by ProPublica Amid the current surge in COVID-19 cases in Missouri, a recent Facebook conversation between two Republican state lawmakers is telling. Around Independence Day, State Rep. Bill Kidd, from the Kansas...

Missouri DNR calls allegations it committed civil rights violations ‘unsubstantiated’

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources called claims that it violated residents’ civil rights “unsubstantiated and conclusory” even as it quietly addressed several findings from an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency investigation.  The EPA has been investigating...

States still lag in getting assistance to struggling renters, federal data shows

WASHINGTON — State and local officials disbursed $1.5 billion in rental assistance during June to help households falling behind on rent and utilities, more than during the entire previous five months, according to U.S....

Parson announces vaccine incentive lottery with $10,000 prizes, picks new health director

In a bid to increase vaccination rates to combat the Delta variant’s growing spread, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday an incentive program that will feature chances to win $10,000 for those who get...

Kansas lawyer, Missouri medical marijuana companies fill coffers of pro-Parson PAC

The political action committee created to support Missouri Gov. Mike Parson raised $56,000 at an April fundraiser organized by individuals and companies that have been awarded lucrative medical marijuana licenses by the state.  The haul...
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Missouri hits new peak in Delta variant summer surge with almost 3,000 COVID cases

The summer surge of infection tied to the easily spread Delta variant of COVID-19 is accelerating in Missouri, with state health officials on Wednesday reporting the highest case total since mid-January. The Department of Health...

Vaccine hesitancy in Missouri is more complicated than just party affiliation

No doubt, what is happening to sections of our state is absolutely heartbreaking. Currently, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the lower portions of Missouri, steadily creeping up its midsection and beginning...

Missouri’s plan for spending federal stimulus money is months away

Missouri may need a special legislative session for some of the stimulus money coming to the state from the American Rescue Plan Congress approved in March, but the bulk of spending will likely wait...

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