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COVID surge in north Missouri creates worries for summer as vaccinations...

In the last week of April, the Linn County Health Department signaled that the COVID-19 pandemic had cooled enough that it could discontinue weekly...

Judge sets trial date for lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid expansion

The lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to expand Medicaid coverage under a voter-approved constitutional amendment will go to trial June 18 in Cole County. On...

Why COVID will be a lasting concern inside Missouri prisons

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon.  More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Corrections has implemented...

Missouri medical marijuana companies win tax relief from state lawmakers

Missourians voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2018. But under federal law, growing, transporting or selling marijuana remains a crime. Unsurprisingly, that dynamic has created...

Missourians, health care providers pause plans as Medicaid expansion heads to...

Nina Canaleo wishes she could have known years ago she would one day be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Maybe then she could have better...

Lawsuit seeks to force Missouri to enact voter-approved Medicaid expansion

The least surprising lawsuit of the year, to force Missouri to provide Medicaid coverage to 275,000 people eligible under a 2020 initiative petition, was filed...

Stark racial disparities persist in vaccinations, state-level CDC data shows

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Black Americans’ COVID-19 vaccination rates are still lagging months into the nation’s campaign, while Hispanics are...

Ashcroft urges Missouri Senate to shut off debate to pass Medicaid...

Republicans in the Missouri Senate should move to shut off debate if a filibuster blocks anti-abortion lawmakers from putting their stamp on provider taxes...

Free testing aims to curb STIs that went unchecked as COVID...

As the case counts of the novel coronavirus began to tick up last March across Missouri, providers who offer tests for sexually transmitted infections...

COVID-19 outbreak at Smithfield plant in Missouri likely larger than originally...

This story was originally published on The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The COVID-19 outbreak at Smithfield Foods' northern Missouri plant — the focus of...

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