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.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft fends off challenge from Yinka Faleti

By: - November 3, 2020

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft sailed to victory Tuesday night over his Democratic challenger Yinka Faleti and will go on to serve as Missouri’s top election official for another four years. Ashcroft, the Republican incumbent, was leading by about 640,960 votes with over 95 percent the state’s precincts reporting shortly after midnight, according to the […]

Mike Parson defeats Nicole Galloway in race for Missouri governor

By: - November 3, 2020

Republican Mike Parson has secured a full four-year term as Missouri’s governor, scoring victory Tuesday night over his Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway. Parson, 65, led Galloway, 38, by more than 442,000 votes with over 95 percent of the state’s precincts reporting shortly after midnight, according to the Secretary of State’s unofficial results. The Associated Press called […]

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

By: - October 30, 2020

A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress their case, plaintiffs […]

‘Emotional rollercoaster’: County health agencies struggle to get federal COVID-19 funds

By: - October 29, 2020

In Ripley County, if you want to get tested for the novel coronavirus, your options are limited. It’s been two years since the county’s hospital closed its doors. An urgent care clinic that offers COVID tests has opened in its place, but it’s only open weekdays. Sometimes mobile drive-through testing sites come through. But many […]

Initial shipment of thousands of antigen COVID tests sent to Missouri schools

By: - October 27, 2020

Thousands of antigen tests to detect the novel coronavirus have been shipped to school districts across the state in an effort to help bolster testing capacity, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this week. Nearly 330 public and private school districts requested nearly 583,000 tests through the state’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program. […]

Nearly half of Missouri’s COVID deaths occurred in nursing homes

By: - October 23, 2020

Nearly half of all coronavirus deaths in Missouri have occurred in nursing homes, with the highest total coming in St. Louis County, according to a new analysis of federal data from Saint Louis University researchers. At least 24 facilities around the state have reported 100 or more cases among residents and staff, and at least […]

Missouri makes COVID data available to download, explains difference in positivity rate

By: - October 22, 2020

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Department of Health and Senior Services made some — but not all — of its data on the coronavirus outbreak available to download this week. In a new tab on its website, DHSS now includes accessible data breaking down tests, cases and deaths by […]

Missouri health department investigating complaint of ‘mold growth’ on medical marijuana

By: - October 21, 2020

Update: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Senior Services announced that after retesting the batch in question, it “found no evidence that the product batch presents a health and safety concern.” Days after the first legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services announced it’s investigating a complaint […]

Gov. Mike Parson and State Auditor Nicole Galloway

As COVID spreads in Missouri, Parson and Galloway differ starkly on state’s response

By: - October 21, 2020

September was Missouri’s deadliest month since the coronavirus outbreak began, and there have been more than 400 deaths reported since the beginning of October.  Missouri’s veterans homes saw 56 residents die in just September and early October. Daily hospitalizations routinely reach record highs, with Cox Health in Southwest Missouri last week reporting that it was […]

Social media ads another battleground to reach voters in Missouri governor’s race

By: - October 20, 2020

Depending on your data and interests collected on Facebook, the advertisements pushed online by the two leading candidates for Missouri governor tell two very different stories. In the spring and early summer, Gov. Mike Parson’s Facebook advertisements focused on his pandemic response and restarting the economy. By July, when cases rose to more than 1,000 […]