Briefs

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 […]

Missouri Senate to vote on COVID spending bill as pared-back special session nears close

BY: - December 2, 2020

The Missouri Senate is expected Wednesday to complete the work of a special session called to spend unappropriated federal coronavirus aid, following Gov. Mike Parson’s decision Tuesday to spike a bill sheltering businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits. The Senate Appropriations Committee changed nothing in the $1.3 billion spending bill approved Nov. 10 in the Missouri House […]

Northern Missouri hospital worries rural COVID surge may lead to rationing care

BY: - December 1, 2020

An expected surge of COVID-19 cases may be treated like a “mass-casualty event,” with the patients most likely to live receiving the most care and those likely to die made as comfortable as possible, the chief medical officer of a small Missouri hospital said Monday. In an interview with nemonews.net, Dr. Jeff Davis of Scotland […]

Democratic U.S. Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID vaccine

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

COVID-19 cases double in Missouri in November

BY: - November 30, 2020

At the beginning of November, more than twice as many Missouri school districts were conducting all classes in-person as were providing education remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because the in-person districts were generally smaller than those in virtual education, the number of students learning online was about 50 percent higher than the number in […]

Some Missouri counties offering COVID relief funds to support business

BY: - November 25, 2020

Facing a deadline for using federal coronavirus relief funds or returning the money, some Missouri counties are offering grants to support small businesses struggling to keep their doors open. Those efforts come as the state approaches 100,000 new COVID-19 infections for the month, more than 40,000 more than were reported in October, which until November […]

Federal judge denies ACLU request to halt Missouri eviction proceedings

BY: - November 25, 2020

A federal judge on Tuesday denied the ACLU’s request to halt eviction proceedings in Missouri courts for the next five weeks. The ACLU and ACLU of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit in late September on behalf of KC Tenants, a grassroots organization that advocates for safe and affordable housing. The suit claims that a Jackson […]

Missouri hospital bed capacity in ‘dire state,’ association warns

BY: - November 24, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 in Missouri are much higher than previously reported, and available hospital capacity is much lower, after two adjustments to statewide data were made on Monday. The grim news comes as many cities and counties are considering ordinances requiring face masks, following action last week by Joplin and Franklin County and as KFVS […]