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Missouri’s eviction crisis could be a ‘humanitarian tragedy,’ advocates say

BY: - August 2, 2021

Melissa Pashia is hoping for any kind of good news today. The federal eviction moratorium ended Saturday, and she’s got her fingers crossed one of her clients will finally get approved for the rental assistance that they applied for in April through the State Assistance for Housing Relief Program (SAFHR).  The aid approval would come just […]

U.S. House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to next week unveil a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a […]

New law aims to help get more services to homeless teens in Missouri

BY: - July 26, 2021

Trysta Herzog owns a successful marketing business in Springfield. But when she was a teenager, she was homeless. At 15, Herzog and her older brother decided that living with their stepfather who was addicted to heroin was not the safest place for them. Learning from other teens like her, she knew she couldn’t tell her […]

Missouri DNR calls allegations it committed civil rights violations ‘unsubstantiated’

BY: - July 22, 2021

Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources called claims that it violated residents’ civil rights “unsubstantiated and conclusory” even as it quietly addressed several findings from an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency investigation.  The EPA has been investigating whether DNR, Missouri’s environmental regulator, violated residents’ civil rights when it issued an air pollution control permit for a fuel […]

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones reflects on success, challenges of first 100 days

BY: - July 20, 2021

It’s been nearly 100 days since St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones stood on the white marble staircase of City Hall’s rotunda and was sworn in as mayor — becoming the first Black woman to hold the position.  The city has not always protected its children, she said in her inauguration speech, nor has it fought […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court will review decision in Missouri abortion ban lawsuit

BY: - July 20, 2021

In a move long-time legal observers say is unusual, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will, on its own motion, review a June 9 ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2019 Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. The order, issued last week, puts the […]

U.S. Senate Democratic leader unveils proposal to end federal prohibition of marijuana

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]

Betty Thompson and Hazel Erby became matriarchs of Black politics in St. Louis

BY: - July 14, 2021

The neighborhood children would affectionately call them “Mama Erby” and “Mama Thompson.” For decades, Former St. Louis County Councilwoman Hazel Erby and Former State Rep. Betty Thompson lived right behind each other in University City, a close-knit community in the St. Louis region.  The neighborhood’s “mothers” would be the first ones to hear about any […]

Gov. Parson set to sign bills on school choice, police chokeholds, gas tax hike

BY: - July 12, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will hopscotch the state this week signing bills into law ranging from private school scholarships to a gas tax increase to a ban on certain police chokeholds. The flurry of signings mark the final official acts of the 2021 legislative session.  Perhaps the highest profile bill Parson plans to sign this […]

Coalition of states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Missouri is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store on Android phones and Google Billing. “As we’ve repeatedly seen and as we allege in our […]

St. Louis family sues police after 63-year-old disabled father is killed in ‘no-knock’ raid

BY: - July 8, 2021

Don Clark, a 63-year-old veteran from St. Louis, walked with a cane because his diabetes caused him to have swollen limbs, poor hearing and fading eyesight.  On Feb. 21, 2017, he was exhausted from traveling by bus to his doctor’s appointment, Clark told his son on the phone that day.  After he fell asleep that […]

Can Missouri get out rental assistance fast enough to prevent evictions?

BY: - July 6, 2021

Missouri has more than $300 million available in federal housing relief assistance and another $270 million on the way. But with the federal eviction moratorium set to expire July 31, can the state get this money out the door fast enough to keep Missourians in their homes? Since Feb. 15, the state has put $17.4 […]