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.

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

By: - January 20, 2021

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 committee debated a slew of bills filed by Republican lawmakers that aim to strip local authority from city and county […]

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

By: - January 15, 2021

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 the map as providing the vaccine actually have vaccines on hand to administer. And reports that the federal government has […]

First responders, anyone over 65, those with certain conditions to start receiving COVID vaccine in Missouri

By: - January 14, 2021

First responders and emergency medical services can receive their initial dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with Missourians 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk eligible to receive their first doses Monday. Missouri state health officials activated the next tiers of “Phase 1B” residents in light of […]

A committee advises Missouri’s vaccine rollout. Now the public can watch its meetings

By: - January 14, 2021

As state health officials rolled out Missouri’s plan to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, decisions were informed by a group called the Advisory Committee on Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution.  For the first time on Thursday at 1 p.m., the public will be allowed to observe the committee’s discussions. It’s unclear how often the committee has previously […]

Nearly a quarter of Missourians would ‘definitely not’ get a COVID vaccine, poll finds

By: - January 13, 2021

As the state works through the first phases of its coronavirus vaccine rollout, a new poll released Monday finds that about 23 percent of Missourians would “definitely not get it.” The poll, conducted by the Virginia-based American Viewpoint for the Missouri Hospital Association, surveyed 800 Missourians in the first week of January on their feelings […]

Feds tell states to give COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 65 and older in bid to speed rollout

By: and - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Under the policy changes outlined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, states should begin vaccinating […]

Record number of women, Black and LGBTQ lawmakers serving in Missouri’s legislature

By: and - January 11, 2021

Missouri’s 2021 legislative session will be barrier breaking.  The number of women serving is at an all-time high with 52 women lawmakers. It will have the most ever Black lawmakers serving with 25. There will be five openly LGBTQ lawmakers — what is believed to be another record. And the first Asian American woman was […]

Despite ‘clearly reckless’ actions, Roy Blunt says Trump should not resign

By: - January 10, 2021

Despite “clearly reckless” actions by President Donald Trump that incited a mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said Sunday morning on Face The Nation that Trump should not resign. “It would be up to him but my view would be what the president should do is now finish the last […]

Biden expected to distribute all available vaccine doses to states

By: and - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — More COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available to states sooner under changes that the incoming Biden administration is expected to make to how the Trump administration has been allocating those shots. That’s according to comments a Biden transition spokesman made to CNN on Friday, indicating that President-elect Joe Biden will shift to “releasing available doses immediately.” […]

House speaker declares education reform a top priority for Missouri legislative session

By: - January 6, 2021

As a new legislative session kicks off, education reform will be a top issue for lawmakers to tackle, Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo declared Wednesday. Lawmakers from across the state returned to the Capitol in Jefferson City Wednesday afternoon where they swore in members and elected Vescovo as speaker. With the coronavirus still spreading throughout […]

Missouri teachers want state standardized tests suspended for 2020-21 school year, survey finds

By: - January 5, 2021

Missouri’s teachers believe state standardized tests shouldn’t be conducted for the 2020-21 school year as they report higher stress levels, with some having considered leaving the profession altogether, a recent survey of Missouri State Teachers Association members found. The Missouri State Teachers Association, which represents over 47,000 educators throughout the state, surveyed teachers in early […]

Missouri may see nearly 65,000 fewer COVID vaccine doses through the end of year

By: - December 23, 2020

Missouri is expected to receive “a significant decrease” of about 55,575 fewer doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and 9,350 fewer doses of Moderna’s through the end of the year, state health department officials told vaccinators in a planning meeting Tuesday. For the week of Dec. 21-27, Missouri is slated to receive 26,325 fewer doses of Pfizer’s […]