Briefs

More than 170 cases opened in federal probe of U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—Almost a week after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice held their first press conference on Tuesday to announce that they are directing prosecutors to issue a slew of sedition and conspiracy charges against pro-Trump rioters. More than 170 cases have been opened relating to […]

Columbia Public Schools join most Missouri districts with return to classrooms

BY: - January 12, 2021

Columbia Public Schools, the third-largest district in Missouri using all-virtual learning, will start bringing students back to classrooms next week.  The Columbia Board of Education voted 5-2 Monday night to return elementary students to school buildings full-time starting Jan. 19 and operate with a hybrid plan that has middle- and high-school students in classrooms two […]

Last known widow of a Civil War veteran dies in Marshfield

BY: - January 7, 2021

The last known living link to a person who served in the Union Army was severed in December when 101-year-old Helen Viola Jackson, widow of a Missouri soldier, died in a Marshfield nursing home. For the first 98 years of her life, Jackson was known as a woman who had never married. She had no […]

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol riots dies

BY: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did […]

COVID wastewater project could ID arrival of UK strain in Missouri

BY: - January 6, 2021

A project to track coronavirus in wastewater may be able to identify the new strain recently identified in the United Kingdom, a researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia said Wednesday. For more than six months, a research team at MU has worked with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health and Senior […]

Judge: Trump’s order doesn’t shield Tyson from state-court claims of wrongful death

BY: - January 6, 2021

A federal judge has ruled that President Trump’s designation of meatpacking plants as “critical infrastructure” does not insulate Tyson Foods from state-court claims of wrongful death tied to the pandemic. The food giant is facing several lawsuits filed by the estates of deceased workers. Generally, those lawsuits allege fraudulent misrepresentation and gross negligence, claiming the […]

Missouri teachers want state standardized tests suspended for 2020-21 school year, survey finds

BY: - January 5, 2021

Missouri’s teachers believe state standardized tests shouldn’t be conducted for the 2020-21 school year as they report higher stress levels, with some having considered leaving the profession altogether, a recent survey of Missouri State Teachers Association members found. The Missouri State Teachers Association, which represents over 47,000 educators throughout the state, surveyed teachers in early […]

Missouri COVID counts remain high as vaccine rollout accelerates

BY: - January 4, 2021

Missouri continues to report thousands of new COVID-19 cases as distribution of vaccines to health care workers and nursing home residents accelerates. And a look back at the course of the pandemic in Missouri during 2020 shows that no region was spared death and disease. While absolute numbers of cases and deaths were highest in […]

Ag groups praise $33 billion in farm-related COVID relief aid

BY: - December 22, 2020

The $900 billion pandemic relief legislation passed by Congress late Monday includes $33 billion in aid for farms, broadband, biofuels and nutrition programs. Agriculture groups were quick to praise the bipartisan package, months in the making. The aid includes $11.2 billion Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will use to “support producers, processors and contract growers,” the […]

Missouri exceeds 5,000 COVID-19 deaths as vaccine rollout continues

BY: - December 22, 2020

Missouri surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday when the state Department of Health and Senior Services added 211 new fatalities, including 140 from a weekly review of death certificates. The state has now endured 5,158 deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. The weekly review of deaths to […]

St. Francois County jail faces class-action lawsuit alleging ‘unlawful’ conditions

BY: - December 21, 2020

When Bonne Terre resident Robert Hopple entered the St. Francois County Detention Center in May 2018, he was placed in a small holding cell with about ten other men for roughly three days.  Hopple, 49, says the jail staff gave him a urine-soaked mat and a thin blanket to sleep on the floor — while […]

Worth County last in Missouri to record a COVID-19 death

BY: - December 21, 2020

Death from COVID-19 has visited every county in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported this weekend. Tiny Worth County, with only about 2,000 people on the Iowa border, was the last of 117 local health jurisdictions to have a death recorded on the department’s coronavirus dashboard. The report, made Saturday, shows the […]