Briefs

Missouri GOP lawmakers call on battleground states to investigate 2020 election results

BY: - December 10, 2020

With the Nov. 3 presidential election more than a month ago, over half of Missouri’s Republican state representatives — including the incoming speaker of the House — are calling on Congress to refuse to certify six battleground states’ electoral college votes unless they investigate their results. Rep. Justin Hill, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, […]

Consumer groups seek Missouri utility shut off moratorium

BY: - December 9, 2020

A coalition of consumer and health care advocates are asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to impose a moratorium on utility cutoffs for the winter to help control the spread of COVID-19. The Consumers Council of Missouri, with support from the Missouri Hospital Association, Empower Missouri and the National Housing Trust, filed the request Tuesday […]

Missouri AG joins lawsuit challenging presidential election results in four states

BY: - December 9, 2020

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has thrown his support behind a lawsuit seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate election results in the four battleground states. He is claiming changes to election procedures […]

Missouri students will take standardized tests. Results won’t factor into accountability measures

BY: - December 8, 2020

State standardized tests will still be administered for the 2020-21 school year, but their results will not be factored into state and federal accountability systems, following a vote of the Missouri State Board of Education on Tuesday. While test results won’t be incorporated into accountability measures, such as school district accreditation, board members spoke of […]

Missouri appeals court rules charter school lawfully denied entry to unvaccinated children

BY: - December 8, 2020

Parents must use forms created by the state health department, not send handwritten notes, to claim the religious exemption to vaccinations allowing non-immunized children to attend classes, a Missouri court ruled Tuesday. The Western District Court of Appeals, acting in a case from Jackson County, ruled that Crossroads Academy-Central Street, a charter school, had acted […]

COVID creates more staffing issues for Missouri law enforcement

BY: - December 8, 2020

COVID-19 is disrupting more law enforcement operations around the state as illness combines with existing staffing shortages. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office in northeast Missouri sent all its inmates to neighboring Audrain County in late November, and the Springfield Police Department on Monday closed the lobby of police headquarters for at least two days. And […]

St. Louis Hospitalizations

‘This is a time of war,’ says St. Louis’ pandemic task force leader

BY: - December 7, 2020

St. Louis area hospitals are seeing about 20 patients die every day. “That is 20 people a day who won’t be going back home to their loved ones,” said Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander for the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, during his Monday briefing. That number has tripled since October, he said, and […]

Georgia’s top election official says Biden wins latest recount

BY: - December 7, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the third counting of ballots in the state’s presidential race, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory once again over Donald Trump. Raffensperger announced Monday afternoon that he signed off on the results after nearly 5 million ballots were rescanned starting just before Thanksgiving.  The size of Biden’s victory over […]

Southwest Airlines to cut more than 200 Missouri jobs due to COVID losses

BY: - December 7, 2020

Southwest Airlines, facing billions in losses because COVID-19 has “devastated domestic air travel and tourism,” will lay off 221 Missouri employees early next year unless it can reach a cost-cutting deal with unions or obtain federal relief. The cutbacks, outlined in a mass layoff notice delivered Thursday to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce […]

Missouri expects to receive over 300,000 initial doses of COVID vaccine this month

BY: - December 4, 2020

By the end of this year, Missouri will have enough doses of a COVID vaccine to give the initial shot to most of the state’s roughly 350,000 long-term care facility residents and staff and healthcare providers, state health department director Randall Williams said Friday. In a call with reporters, Williams said he anticipates mass vaccinations, […]

As COVID cases tick up, Missouri pins its hopes on a vaccine’s arrival

BY: - December 4, 2020

After a slight Thanksgiving lull, Missouri’s COVID cases are once again rising, as the state pins its hopes on additional doses of a vaccine that will be coming later this month. The state already anticipates it will receive enough doses of the Pfizer vaccine to treat 51,000 people, with another 64,000 Pfizer doses and 105,000 […]

St. Louis city board recommends further limitations on business capacity

BY: - December 3, 2020

A St. Louis city advisory board has recommended that all businesses in the city reduce their capacity to 25 percent. The city currently mandates bars, restaurants and nightclubs limit their capacity to 50 percent of their permitted occupancy and to close by 11 p.m. “This has not been easy, but hard decisions have to be […]