Health Care

Columbia hospitals launch color-coded system to warn of COVID stress to services

BY: - November 11, 2020

The state Department of Health and Senior Services reported the fourth day of more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the coronavirus continued to infect more Missourians faster than it has at any time of the pandemic. Hospitalizations continue to increase rapidly, up more than 31 percent statewide this month and creating stress […]

Missouri lawmakers likely to consider COVID liability protection in special session

BY: - November 10, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY—The special legislative session called to provide new spending authority for federal COVID-19 relief funds will likely be extended to include a bill providing liability protections for businesses and schools, House Speaker Elijah Haahr said Tuesday. In a brief interview after the Missouri House passed a $1.3 billion spending bill on a 133-4 vote, […]

Missouri adds more than 4,000 new COVID cases for only third time

BY: - November 10, 2020

Missouri reported its second highest daily total for COVID-19 cases Tuesday, with 4,256 new infections, just an hour before the state health director began a report to lawmakers on the status of the virus’ spread in the state. The Department of Health and Senior Services also found 138 previously unreported COVID-19 deaths in reviews of […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON—The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should be kept […]

Rep. Sheila Solon

Kids reported abuse at schools where Missouri has no oversight. Lawmakers want to change that

BY: - November 10, 2020

Despite dozens of students coming forward sharing allegations of abuse they suffered at Christian reform schools across Missouri, the state Department of Social Services said Monday that they have no oversight over such facilities. That’s because they’re unlicensed — and allowed to be under a Missouri law that exempts facilities operated by religious organizations. And […]

Missouri House budget committee approves $1.3 billion COVID spending bill

BY: - November 10, 2020

Missouri intends to spend every federal coronavirus relief dollar it can by the Dec. 30 deadline, and is using previously received funds to obtain more, state Budget Director Dan Haug told lawmakers Monday. Haug spent most of the first three hours of a hearing of the House Budget Committee explaining the individual items Gov. Mike […]

St. Louis County mulls new COVID-19 restrictions as cases set new peaks

BY: - November 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to rage out of control in Missouri over the weekend as the St. Louis metro area considers new coronavirus restrictions and lawmakers travel to Jefferson City to vote on a $1.3 billion package of relief aid. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, at a news conference Monday morning, urged everyone in […]


Mike Parson faces opportunities, challenges in new term as Missouri governor

BY: - November 9, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made history last week.  He became the first Republican in more than three decades to win a second term as governor, winning a landslide victory by nearly 500,000 votes.  And just like his first go round — after he took over following Eric Greitens’ June 2018 resignation — Parson will take […]

COVID precautions ordered for northwest Missouri hunting site

BY: - November 6, 2020

Hunters stalking ducks and geese in northwest Missouri’s Holt County will have their spots at the Nodaway Valley Conservation Area selected through an online system to reduce spread of COVID-19. The 3,900-acre conservation area was placed on COVID Red Level by the Department of Conservation after consulting with health officials in the county of 4,400 […]

‘Steep part of the curve’: Missouri faces growing COVID cases, hospitalizations

BY: - November 6, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY — The main source of COVID-19 spread in Missouri, state Health Director Randall Williams said Thursday, are the places people feel safest. During Gov. Mike Parson’s weekly briefing, Williams warned that winter weather driving people indoors will require additional precautions to bring the disease under control. “We believe that people are contracting it […]

‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

BY: - November 6, 2020

Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis can be open, […]

Missouri governor open to adding COVID liability to legislative special session agenda

BY: - November 5, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he would consider adding COVID-19 liability protection to a special session if legislation that can be passed quickly is brought to him. The General Assembly began the second special session of the year on Wednesday with House introduction of Parson’s $1.3 billion plan for using remaining federal coronavirus […]