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New CIO for Missouri retirement plan arrives under cloud of Kentucky lawsuit

BY: - August 27, 2021

When the head of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System told her board of trustees she’d picked T.J. Carlson to be chief investment officer, she focused on his recent record from Texas — and didn’t mention a lawsuit over investment losses that almost sank Kentucky’s pension system. Carlson, who begins work Oct. 1 for the […]

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Records document millions spent by Missouri agencies under emergency COVID authority

BY: - August 24, 2021

It was mid-March 2020 and the pandemic was unfolding in quick succession. Less than a week after the first suspected COVID-19 case in Missouri was identified in St. Louis County, Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency. Days later, the state’s Office of Administration (OA) took an unprecedented step: It granted emergency authorization allowing […]

Missouri payrolls add 15,000 jobs in month after Parson stopped federal unemployment aid

BY: - August 18, 2021

Missouri payrolls added exactly 15,000 non-farm jobs in July as the unemployment rate ticked down 0.1 percent, seasonally adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Standards shows. The state’s labor force of 3.08 million, however, declined by 177, and overall employment, which includes self-employed people and farm labor, grew by 4,462 for the month. […]

Missouri, Kansas lost thousands of clean energy jobs last year, report says

BY: - August 17, 2021

After several years of continual gains, Kansas and Missouri lost more than 7,200 combined clean energy jobs last year — primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A report published last week by E2 and the Clean Energy Trust found that the Midwest, home to nearly one-quarter of the nation’s clean energy jobs, lost about 9% of […]

‘Where are we gonna go?’: New jail to displace over 100 Jackson County residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

For more than a hundred residents at Heart Mobile Village in eastern Jackson County, Missouri, the neighborhood has been many things: a chance for a new start, a path toward owning a home, a place to raise a family. But come February 2022, the residents in this community of RV trailers and mobile homes will […]

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Lawmakers say special session likely unneeded to fund Missouri Medicaid expansion

BY: - August 11, 2021

Legislative leaders of both parties said Tuesday that a special session is likely not needed to appropriate additional funds following a court order to begin covering Missourians who are eligible under voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, and Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis and ranking […]

St. Louis judge halts city evictions until Oct. 3, following CDC’s order

BY: - August 6, 2021

St. Louis City Circuit Court has halted evictions for city residents through Oct. 3, mirroring the federal eviction moratorium issued this week. The new federal prohibition on evicting renters behind on their payments covers those living in counties with high or substantial rates of community COVID-19 transmission, or places with more than 50 COVID-19 cases […]

After pressure from Cori Bush, feds order eviction ban in areas with high COVID rate

BY: and - August 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The Biden administration […]

Biden urges state and local leaders to postpone evictions while rental aid is distributed

BY: - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday called on state and local governments to put their own pause on evictions for at least two months, and urged them to use $46.5 billion provided by the coronavirus relief package for tenants and landlords. But the White House said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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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 […]

Group abandons effort to force a vote on Missouri gas tax increase

BY: - August 2, 2021

A push by a conservative anti-tax group to force a statewide vote on a gas tax hike approved by Missouri lawmakers earlier this year has been abandoned, the group’s Missouri director said Monday. Jeremy Cady, state director of Americans for Prosperity, confirmed via text message that his organization is no longer working to place the issue […]

‘We should be doing more’: In St. Louis and KC, fixing vacancy reduces gun violence

BY: and - August 1, 2021

ST. LOUIS At first, Chassidy Howard thought she was hearing fireworks. Then she felt the pain in her leg. It was excruciating — she had been shot. Howard fell down behind a car and listened to her grown son Buddy call out from down the street. “Mama, mama, I’ve been hit! I’ve been hit!” Buddy […]