Briefs

St. Louis health leaders warn COVID threatening hospital capacity

BY: - October 27, 2020

Leaders of the St. Louis area’s fight against COVID-19 warned Monday that hospitals are reaching capacity, doctors and support staff are worn down by overwork and harsh steps may be necessary to get control of the pandemic. In a briefing broadcast on Facebook, Dr. Alex Garza, head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, […]

Missouri county stops COVID social media posts over ‘negative, insulting’ comments

BY: - October 26, 2020

A Missouri county enduring the state’s fourth-highest rate for new COVID-19 infections will stop posting local data on Facebook because of responses that attack its work and raise conspiracy theories about the disease. Ste. Genevieve County, a southeast Missouri county with 17,894 people, has added 195 new cases since Sept. 30 and 93 in the […]

Spire Missouri program will help customers catch up on gas bills during COVID pandemic

BY: - October 23, 2020

The natural gas supplier for more than 1 million Missouri customers will create a payment assistance program and allow up to 18 months to pay bills that have accumulated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the plan approved Thursday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Spire Missouri will help customers who have lost […]

High COVID case counts sending some Missouri students into virtual classrooms

BY: - October 23, 2020

Missouri continued its string of days reporting 1,000 or more new coronavirus infections on Friday, adding 1,811 new infections amid growing difficulties for school districts trying to maintain in-class instruction. While one of the state’s largest districts, Columbia Public Schools, opened doors for elementary students for the first time on Monday, the small Maries County […]

Missouri governor calls special session as CARES Act spending deadline looms

BY: - October 22, 2020

With Missouri in its 13th consecutive week of reporting an average of more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day, and facing a Dec. 30 deadline for using federal relief funds, Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called a special session to begin just after the Nov. 3 election. On Thursday morning, the Department of Health and […]

Nonprofit law firm hosting free educational session on sealing criminal records

BY: - October 21, 2020

Criminal records often create barriers for employment, education and housing. So how do people get their criminal records sealed, including records of conviction, arrests and even arrest where charges were not filed? That legal process is called expungement. And the ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit law firm, is hosting a free virtual education session tonight to […]

Missouri health department investigating complaint of ‘mold growth’ on medical marijuana

BY: - October 21, 2020

Update: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Senior Services announced that after retesting the batch in question, it “found no evidence that the product batch presents a health and safety concern.” Days after the first legal sales of medical marijuana in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services announced it’s investigating a complaint […]

Report: Missouri prison system records 2nd staff death from COVID

BY: - October 21, 2020

There are more than 1,000 active cases of COVID-19 among Missouri prison inmates, and a staff member at the Tipton Correctional Center is the second employee of the Department of Corrections to die of the disease, a central Missouri television station reported Tuesday. KMIZ-TV in Columbia reported that Tim Cutt of the Missouri Corrections Officers […]

‘Big money bat signal’: Galloway campaign accused of sidestepping ban on coordination

BY: - October 20, 2020

In late September, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Nicole Galloway’s campaign laid out a stinging critique of Gov. Mike Parson’s health care record on a section of its website titled “Important Election Update.”  Parson “cut 100,000 kids from their health care,” the site declared, “and he opposes Medicaid expansion that would give 250,000 working people health care […]

Kauffman Stadium, KC Convention Center concessions contractor laying off 577 workers

BY: - October 20, 2020

Aramark, the contractor who operates concessions and catering services at Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Convention Center, is laying off 577 employees because there is not enough business at either venue. In mass-layoff notices dated Friday to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Aramark reported it is also reducing the work hours […]

Morning COVID-19 report: 1,524 new Missouri cases, hospitals report strain on services

BY: - October 20, 2020

Missouri recorded 1,524 new cases and 25 additional deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, the sixth consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases, as hospitalizations remained at near record levels. The morning update from the Department of Health and Senior Services showed there was at least one new case in 102 of the 117 local health […]

Missouri highway patrol investigating hoax text claiming Rowden quitting politics

BY: - October 20, 2020

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a hoax text message sent Saturday night claiming state Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, was quitting his re-election campaign. The text, sent from a telephone with a 573 area code, began “Dear Voter” and reported that “family matters” that required “my immediate and undivided attention” were forcing […]