Briefs

Judge tosses Missouri voter ID lawsuit, plaintiffs call ruling a ‘procedural pit stop’

BY: - October 13, 2022

A Missouri judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday that argued a new law requiring Missourians present a government-issued photo ID to vote is unconstitutional. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled that the plaintiffs — the Missouri NAACP and League of Women Voters of Missouri, along with two voters — didn’t have the standing to bring […]

FDA greenlights updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]

Eric Schmitt deletes Kanye West tweet after backlash over anti-semitic comments

BY: - October 12, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Eric Schmitt tweeted Tuesday night in praising Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, then quickly deleted it as criticism rolled in over the rapper’s recent anti-semitic comments.  “America needs a @kanyewest @KidRock tour,” Schmitt, Missouri’s attorney general, wrote Tuesday night. “Let’s go!” The tweet drew backlash since it was published just […]

St. Louis judge orders civilian oversight of city jails to continue, but not of police work

BY: - October 11, 2022

A St. Louis judge issued an order Tuesday walking back part of his decision to block a city ordinance that expanded civilian oversight of local law enforcement.  In September, three police organizations were successful in convincing St. Louis Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the city to stop implementing its new […]

11 states to share in $1 billion in funding for small businesses, entrepreneurs

BY: - October 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday that an additional 11 states will receive up to $1 billion to support small businesses and entrepreneurs — including nearly $100 million in Missouri. Funding for the programs will come from the State Small Business Credit Initiative that Democrats reauthorized and expanded in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief […]

Missouri governor doesn’t plan to issue blanket pardons for marijuana offenses

BY: - October 7, 2022

While announcing a plan to pardon those with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession, President Joe Biden urged governor’s to follow suit for those convicted of state offenses.  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who has granted clemency to more people than any Missouri governor in the past four decades, doesn’t appear ready to heed the […]

Missouri AFL-CIO endorses marijuana legalization constitutional amendment

BY: - October 6, 2022

The push to legalize recreational marijuana has won the endorsement of Missouri’s largest labor organization. Missouri AFL-CIO president Jake Hummel on Thursday announced his organization was endorsing the proposal, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot as Amendment 3, calling it a “huge step forward for criminal justice reform in Missouri.” “Amendment 3 will […]

DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now

BY: - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a prior ruling that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful, sending the case back to a lower court that will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600,000 undocumented people. The ruling means the program remains for now and those in it […]

Missouri governor signs $764 million income tax cut, rural incentives package

BY: - October 5, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed an income tax cut and a package of incentives targeting rural economic projects into law, putting the finishing touches on a special legislative session he convened last month. Both proposals were the result of vetoes issues earlier this year by Parson, who objected to a tax rebate plan […]

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

BY: - October 3, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]

Hours ahead of shutdown deadline, U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill

BY: - September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House members, mostly along party lines, cleared a spending package Friday that would bolster funding for natural disaster response, though with Hurricane Ian still battering the Southeast, lawmakers will likely need to approve another aid bill later this year. The measure would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon […]

Missouri AG joins five others in suing Biden administration to stop student debt cancellation

BY: - September 29, 2022

College borrowers banking on President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt hit a potential snag Thursday, when Missouri and five other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s authority to do so. Theirs is the second major lawsuit filed by conservatives trying to stop the student loan […]