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Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to state […]

National parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

BY: - October 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records. Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is […]

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University of Missouri System will allow classroom mask mandate to expire Friday

BY: - October 14, 2021

The University of Missouri System will allow a mask mandate for its four campuses to expire after Friday. Last month, the Board of Curators extended a rule that face masks be worn in classrooms by a 5-4 vote. That policy was scheduled to end at the close of Friday, and a meeting notice had not […]

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Planned Parenthood wants feds to block Missouri rule targeting its Medicaid funding

BY: - October 13, 2021

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is calling for the Biden administration to intervene to block the state’s new emergency regulation that abortion advocates contend could cut off Medicaid funding for its clinics around the state.  Without federal action, Planned Parenthood said it may need to turn to the courts.  “It […]

Judge blocks residency rule for Missouri medical marijuana licenses

BY: - October 12, 2021

A federal judge last week permanently blocked Missouri from enforcing a requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. Following a bench trial Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey agreed to grant a permanent injunction. Her written order has not yet been filed. News of the injunction was first reported […]

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Missouri has enrolled 4,300 people in expanded Medicaid program

BY: - October 7, 2021

Roughly 4,300 Missourians eligible for health care under Medicaid expansion have been enrolled, a top Missouri Medicaid official said Thursday. That figure represents a little over a quarter of the more than 17,000 applications the state has received since it began accepting applications for Medicaid expansion coverage in August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

St. Louis asks appeals court to force protestor to pay attorney fees for suing police

BY: and - October 5, 2021

An attorney for the city of St. Louis argued in court Tuesday that a woman who sued a police officer for excessive force must pay $57,000 in attorneys fees the city spent on the case. Kristine “Kris” Hendrix filed a lawsuit in 2017 claiming that two St. Louis officers used excessive force, tasing her repeatedly […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

Illegal gambling devices to be publicly destroyed in Platte City

BY: - October 5, 2021

Five video gaming machines declared to be illegal gambling devices in the only successful felony prosecution of a game vendor in Missouri will be destroyed Thursday in Platte City — and the public is invited to watch. The games, previously owned by Integrity Vending LLC, were seized in October 2018 by the Parkville Police Department […]

Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, Blunt only Missouri Republican in support

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote. The GOP senators in the “aye” tally included Bill […]

Former state senator joins GOP primary for southwest Missouri congressional seat

BY: - September 30, 2021

Former state Sen. Jay Wasson has officially joined the field of Republicans seeking the southwest Missouri congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Billy Long. Wasson is the fourth candidate to enter the GOP primary to replace Long, who is running for U.S. Senate. He joins state Sens. Eric Burlison and Mike Moon, as well as Sam […]

Congressional panel hears from educators about how to safely reopen schools

BY: - September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — A school superintendent from a large Nevada district on Wednesday described how schools there have coped with the pandemic and returned to in-person learning, as members of Congress examined best practices for safe reopening. Jesus Jara, superintendent of Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, told a virtual panel of the House […]