Republican lawmakers seek to curb local control over COVID-19 health orders

When Missouri’s top leaders resisted implementing statewide restrictions, like a mask mandate, amid the pandemic, there was a theme they repeatedly raised as the basis for their decisions. Local control. On Wednesday, a Missouri Senate...

‘End this uncivil war’: Joe Biden takes oath of office with towering challenges ahead

WASHINGTON — Calling on Americans to bridge the widening divisions in the country, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, completing the peaceful transition of presidential power on the...

Here’s what Joe Biden plans to do on his first day as president

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden early Wednesday unveiled the list of executive orders, memos and directives he will make when he assumes the presidency later in the day, reversing a slew of Trump administration actions...

I thought I had a sure thing. After the D.C. insurrection, I’m not so...

There’s an old poker adage that says, “if you look around the table and can’t figure out who the fish (that is, sucker) is, then you’re probably the fish.” In a very different realm of...

Missouri GOP push bill to discipline officers who ‘infringe’ on Second Amendment rights

Missouri law enforcement officers could be permanently disbarred and face fines if they “infringe” on residents’ Second Amendment rights, under a bill debated by a state Senate committee on Tuesday.  Republican state Sen. Eric Burlison’s...

Josh Hawley will delay Senate confirmation of Biden’s pick for Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley will object to the rapid confirmation vote planned for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, part of the national security team that was...

Are public health ads worth the price? Not if they’re all about fear

The public service announcement showed a mother finding her teenage son lifeless, juxtaposed with the sound of a ukulele and a woman singing, “That’s how, how you OD’d on heroin.” It aired locally during the...

Effort to stop charging 17-year-olds as adults has stalled in Missouri

Khadijah Wilson had a bully during her junior year at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles. She told her principal and teachers about the name calling, and how the other girl constantly threatened...

Capitol Perspectives: An invasion of the U.S. Capitol 

This column is prompted by the pictures of the Capitol assault that triggered fond memories of where I had been an NPR reporter for about six months before I was recruited to start MU's...

Missouri map shows where you can get a vaccine. Not all providers listed have...

Wondering where to go to get a coronavirus vaccine in Missouri? On Friday, the state launched an interactive map detailing where over 1,100 providers are located across the state. But not all locations identified on...

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