Tessa Weinberg

Tessa Weinberg

Tessa Weinberg covers education, health care and the legislature. She previously covered the Missouri statehouse for The Kansas City Star and The Columbia Missourian, where her reporting into social media use by the governor prompted an investigation by the Attorney General’s office. She most recently covered state government in Texas for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Abortion is illegal in Missouri. Providers look to next frontier to ensure access

By: - June 25, 2022

Angela Huntington’s phone was constantly ringing off of the hook. When Texas’ fetal heartbeat ban on abortions went into effect last September, the number of patients calling Planned Parenthood Great Plains jumped overnight. In August, about 150 patients received financial assistance and help. In September, that increased to roughly 850. “I remember my inbox would […]

Abortion is now illegal in Missouri in wake of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

By: - June 24, 2022

ST. LOUIS – Shaking her head in disbelief while sitting at Missouri’s last remaining abortion clinic, U.S. Rep. Cori Bush threaded her fingers together and bowed her head as the constitutional right to abortion unraveled. “Oh my gosh,” Bush said Friday morning, her voice breaking as she was wrapped in a hug. “Oh my gosh. […]

Missouri Capitol

Bill gives Missouri House, Senate leaders authority over when legislature intervenes in court

By: - June 20, 2022

A bill awaiting action by Gov. Mike Parson would muzzle Democratic minorities by giving legislative leaders sole authority to intervene on behalf of the House or Senate in court cases. During last year’s court battle over implementing Medicaid expansion, GOP House leadership filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief on behalf of the […]

Lawsuit threat forces open teacher retention commission meeting

By: - June 16, 2022

Under the threat of a lawsuit, the state education department late Thursday reversed plans to close the doors on the first meeting of a commission appointed to study teacher recruitment and retention. The initial closing raised concerns from some lawmakers who serve on the commission and the Missouri National Education Association, worried the plan to […]

Missouri Senate

Missouri Right to Life backs primary challengers to some incumbent GOP state senators

By: - June 13, 2022

Missouri’s largest and most influential anti-abortion organization is backing primary challengers to several incumbent GOP state senators, citing votes against stripping funding from Planned Parenthood through state law. In letters sent last week to candidates, the Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee informed some they were selected “as the only candidate in your race […]

Missouri attorney general subpoenas school districts over student surveys

By: - June 8, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday that he’s issued subpoenas to seven school districts across the state as part of his ongoing investigation into school districts’ curriculum and practices. Schmitt, who is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, said in a news release that the subpoenas target student surveys that his office characterized […]

Missouri governor signs law shielding doctors prescribing ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine

By: - June 7, 2022

A bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson Tuesday will shield healthcare providers from losing their medical licenses when prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine, two medications that have not been shown to be effective in treating COVID-19. The language was included in a bill dealing with professional licensing regulations, and it was not highlighted in […]

Shannon County vaccination clinic sign

Study finds 8,500 COVID deaths may have been prevented if more Missourians were vaccinated

By: - June 2, 2022

If all of Missouri’s adults were vaccinated against COVID-19, more than half of the over 14,000 deaths attributed to the virus since January 2021 may have been prevented, a new analysis concluded. The analysis, performed by researchers at the Brown School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health […]

Missouri health agency appeals ruling requiring it to pay Planned Parenthood legal fees

By: - May 27, 2022

Missouri’s health department is appealing a Cole County judge’s ruling that put the state on the hook to pay at least $170,000 in Planned Parenthood’s legal fees. The state intends to argue to the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Western District that Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem erred by awarding attorney’s fees […]

Extension of mental health, substance use health care for new Missouri moms in limbo

By: - May 26, 2022

Threats of a filibuster in the Missouri Senate this year extinguished a proposal to extend health care for new moms to a full year after giving birth. Few realized at the time that it also dealt a blow to a program lawmakers passed in 2018 designed to help pregnant women recover from substance abuse. In […]

​​Federal watchdog’s report sheds new light on scope of Missouri’s missing foster kids

By: - May 23, 2022

A report published Monday by a federal watchdog sheds new light on the scope of missing foster kids in Missouri, an issue that infuriated state lawmakers last year and led to accusations that Department of Social Services leadership was failing to take accountability. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General […]

‘Anything’s on the table’: Missouri legislature may revisit contraceptive limits post-Roe

By: - May 20, 2022

By the time state lawmakers return to the Capitol next year, nearly all abortions could be illegal in Missouri. With a trigger ban already on the books that would go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the GOP supermajority that controls the Missouri legislature is already mulling what types of […]