Briefs

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

BY: - April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first 100 days in office. To aid in that push, Biden on Wednesday called on employers to give their workers time off […]

Restaurant chains slammed over resistance to minimum wage hike for tipped workers

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the nation’s largest trade group for restaurant owners on Tuesday held a virtual version of its annual gathering to lobby Congress, advocates for a $15-per-hour minimum wage took aim at the powerful restaurant chains that they say are blocking legislation on a higher wage for tipped workers. During their own virtual event, lawmakers […]

Former Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle named national chair of Greitens Senate campaign

BY: - April 19, 2021

Kimberly Guifoyle, a former Fox News host and chair of former President Donald Trump’s campaign finance committee, was announced Monday as the national chair of former Gov. Eric Greitens’ U.S. Senate campaign. Guifoyle, who is also dating the former president’s son, said in a press release that she looks forward to “championing Gov. Greitens’ vision […]

Vilsack keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack told members of the House […]

Tourism leaders push U.S. Senate for help from feds for sputtering travel industry

BY: - April 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Witnesses on a Senate panel Tuesday stressed the need for a continued vaccine rollout effort by the federal government as a vital part of helping the tourism economy recover from the pandemic. “We need to get to the point where socially distancing is no longer necessary,” Steve Hill, the CEO and president of the […]

Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

BY: - April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted […]

COVID-19 vaccines are administered at a vaccine clinic by Phelps Health in Rolla on April 1, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccine now available to all Missourians who are 16 and older

BY: - April 9, 2021

All Missourians 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Starting today, an estimated 4.5 million residents will be eligible. Gov. Mike Parson first announced last month that the state intended to open eligibility to all Missourians by April 9. About 1.8 million Missourians have already received at least one dose of the […]

Biden nominates Robin Carnahan to lead General Services Administration

BY: - April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Tuesday nominated former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to lead the General Services Administration. GSA is a $20 billion independent agency that provides basic support and supplies communications for federal agencies. The post is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation. Carnahan ran for Missouri’s Senate seat in 2010, but lost […]

CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel in the U.S. without tests or quarantines

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves, and do not need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine after traveling within the U.S., federal health officials said Friday as they unveiled updated travel guidelines. The new guidelines offer the first official guidance to Americans who are at least two weeks past […]

Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol […]

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box.   The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

Missouri Senate leader Dave Schatz mulls entry into 2022 U.S. Senate race

BY: - April 1, 2021

The list of potential U.S. Senate candidates for the seat being vacated by Roy Blunt now includes Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, who told The Independent he was “definitely considering” the race in an interview Wednesday. Schatz, a Franklin County Republican, said he is concerned about the possibility that disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens […]