Missouri Senate to vote on COVID spending bill as pared-back special session nears close

BY: - December 2, 2020

The Missouri Senate is expected Wednesday to complete the work of a special session called to spend unappropriated federal coronavirus aid, following Gov. Mike Parson’s decision Tuesday to spike a bill sheltering businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits. The Senate Appropriations Committee changed nothing in the $1.3 billion spending bill approved Nov. 10 in the Missouri House […]

Northern Missouri hospital worries rural COVID surge may lead to rationing care

BY: - December 1, 2020

An expected surge of COVID-19 cases may be treated like a “mass-casualty event,” with the patients most likely to live receiving the most care and those likely to die made as comfortable as possible, the chief medical officer of a small Missouri hospital said Monday. In an interview with, Dr. Jeff Davis of Scotland […]

Democratic U.S. Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID vaccine

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

COVID-19 cases double in Missouri in November

BY: - November 30, 2020

At the beginning of November, more than twice as many Missouri school districts were conducting all classes in-person as were providing education remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because the in-person districts were generally smaller than those in virtual education, the number of students learning online was about 50 percent higher than the number in […]

Some Missouri counties offering COVID relief funds to support business

BY: - November 25, 2020

Facing a deadline for using federal coronavirus relief funds or returning the money, some Missouri counties are offering grants to support small businesses struggling to keep their doors open. Those efforts come as the state approaches 100,000 new COVID-19 infections for the month, more than 40,000 more than were reported in October, which until November […]

Federal judge denies ACLU request to halt Missouri eviction proceedings

BY: - November 25, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied the ACLU’s request to halt eviction proceedings in Missouri courts for the next five weeks. The ACLU and ACLU of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit in late September on behalf of KC Tenants, a grassroots organization that advocates for safe and affordable housing. The suit claims that a Jackson […]

Missouri hospital bed capacity in ‘dire state,’ association warns

BY: - November 24, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 in Missouri are much higher than previously reported, and available hospital capacity is much lower, after two adjustments to statewide data were made on Monday. The grim news comes as many cities and counties are considering ordinances requiring face masks, following action last week by Joplin and Franklin County and as KFVS […]

KC fire captain dies of COVID-19 as cases continue surge across Missouri

BY: - November 23, 2020

A veteran Kansas City firefighter died Sunday morning of COVID-19 after battling the virus for weeks, the Kansas City Fire Department announced in a news release. Capt. Robert “Bobby” Rocha was 60 and a firefighter for 29 years, the release stated. “He was a vibrant and beloved part of the KCFD Family for 29 years,” […]

Joe Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite COVID surge

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But Biden in a press conference in Wilmington, Del., also vowed there will be “no national shutdown” despite a surge in […]

Franklin County, Joplin issue mask orders amid flood of COVID cases

BY: - November 20, 2020

Two local governments in Missouri dealing with hundreds of active COVID-19 cases and dozens of deaths linked to the contagion imposed local mask mandates hours after Gov. Mike Parson repeated his determination to refrain from a state order. Hospitalizations in Missouri have continued to increase rapidly this week, with the verified total, from Tuesday, showing […]

Gov. Parson reiterates opposition to statewide mask mandate in Missouri

BY: - November 19, 2020

A letter from the Missouri Hospital Association pleading for a state mask mandate was “not surprising,” Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday, as he repeated his opposition to statewide orders to limit the spread of COVID-19. “If you look at it from a medical perspective, they have a different view than what I do as governor […]

Missouri counties hardest hit by COVID plead with residents to wear masks, stay home

BY: - November 19, 2020

In a web broadcast Tuesday night, Bob Bach, chairman of the St. Genevieve County Health Department board, had a dire warning for residents of his county. “We have a local public health crisis that within the past number of weeks has escalated by a significant factor beyond which we experienced in the summer months,” Bach […]