Governor proposes record $47.3B Missouri budget as he taps surplus, federal aid

BY: - January 19, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson proposed massive new spending on infrastructure and college buildings, and still found money to set aside for pensions and future revenue shortfalls, in the budget submitted Wednesday to lawmakers. Missouri will enter the new fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in surplus general revenue, an anticipation of record future tax collections and […]

Gov. Mike Parson touts Missouri’s COVID-19 response in annual State of State address

BY: - January 19, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson praised his administration’s handling of the still unfolding COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, telling a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly that the state has emerged ready to make long term investments in its future.  “The bottom line is Missouri’s economy is strong,” Parson said in his annual State of the State address. […]

Here’s how you can order free COVID tests

BY: - January 19, 2022

The federal government launched a website to order free at-home tests for COVID-19 Tuesday, one day ahead of schedule. Each residential address is eligible to receive four tests total, regardless of household size, which will be shipped completely free of charge in an estimated seven to 12 days. Individuals can sign up for their tests […]

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Missouri attorney general renews threat to sue schools over mask, quarantine rules

BY: - January 18, 2022

Missouri is continuing to see record daily coronavirus infections, near-peak COVID-19 caseloads in hospitals and threats from Attorney General Eric Schmitt that he will sue school districts that require masks or send students home when they are infected or exposed to the virus. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Schmitt said school mask rules and […]

University of Missouri President Choi won’t ask curators to reconsider vote against mask rule

BY: - January 14, 2022

The University of Missouri’s Columbia campus will begin the spring semester as planned Tuesday with no option for online classes, masking or vaccination requirements, UM System President and campus Chancellor Mun Choi wrote to faculty leaders Friday. Choi’s response to concerns raised in a letter from the Executive Committee of the campus Faculty Council was […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]

Missouri hits new monthly record for COVID cases as omicron variant spreads

BY: - January 13, 2022

Missouri has reported more cases of COVID-19 in the first 12 days of January than any full month of the pandemic so far. As a result of the massive spike of infections tied to the omicron variant, hospitalizations are also at record levels and schools in many communities are shutting their doors.  And the state […]

No ‘sick days’ for constitutional rights: Missouri Supreme Court rules against virtual trials

BY: - January 12, 2022

There are no “sick days” for constitutional rights, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday as it overturned the results of a juvenile case partly held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court issued rulings in three cases that test whether courts can have witnesses, defendants or both appear via remote link software when the […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange between […]

The University of Missouri-Columbia's iconic columns, remains of the school's first building, stand in front of Jesse Hall, which houses administrative offices. (University of Missouri photo)

University of Missouri curators vote down mask rule to open spring semester

BY: - January 11, 2022

Despite hearing from President Mun Choi that a mask rule could be the key to keeping University of Missouri campuses open, the UM Board of Curators on Tuesday morning voted down recommendations for a temporary mask requirement. The nine-member board voted 3-6 against a plan proposed by Choi to require masks in most indoor spaces. […]