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‘Emotional rollercoaster’: County health agencies struggle to get federal COVID-19 funds

BY: - October 29, 2020

In Ripley County, if you want to get tested for the novel coronavirus, your options are limited. It’s been two years since the county’s hospital closed its doors. An urgent care clinic that offers COVID tests has opened in its place, but it’s only open weekdays. Sometimes mobile drive-through testing sites come through. But many […]

More than 67,000 convicted felons in Missouri can’t vote in 2020

BY: - October 28, 2020

About 67,800 convicted felons in Missouri cannot vote in the November election because they are on parole and probation, according to a new study. The Sentencing Project’s new study found that Missouri is among 16 states that don’t allow convicted felons to vote if they are on parole or probation. It estimates that about 22,900 Missourians […]

Southeast Missouri county continues mask mandate amid high COVID case, death counts

BY: - October 28, 2020

Cape Girardeau County, which has endured 32 COVID-19 deaths and more than 900 new COVID-19 cases since Oct. 1, will continue to mandate face mask use, the Southeast Missourian reported. The county health center board voted unanimously Tuesday to continue the order in effect since July 13 until the 14-day tally of new cases falls […]

Missourians fight to keep their homes with end of eviction moratorium looming

BY: - October 28, 2020

Phone calls from families on the verge of losing their homes have jumped 300 percent at Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. “And we’re getting more and more phone calls every day across the whole southern Missouri in our offices — not just Springfield, but it’s Poplar Bluff, over in Cape Girardeau and in Joplin,” said […]

Initial shipment of thousands of antigen COVID tests sent to Missouri schools

BY: - October 27, 2020

Thousands of antigen tests to detect the novel coronavirus have been shipped to school districts across the state in an effort to help bolster testing capacity, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this week. Nearly 330 public and private school districts requested nearly 583,000 tests through the state’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program. […]

St. Louis health leaders warn COVID threatening hospital capacity

BY: - October 27, 2020

Leaders of the St. Louis area’s fight against COVID-19 warned Monday that hospitals are reaching capacity, doctors and support staff are worn down by overwork and harsh steps may be necessary to get control of the pandemic. In a briefing broadcast on Facebook, Dr. Alex Garza, head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Missouri FOP revokes endorsement of Republican whose children say he abused them

BY: - October 27, 2020

The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police has rescinded its endorsement of Rick Roeber, a Republican candidate for the Missouri House accused by his two adult children of physically and sexually abusing them when they were young. In a letter from Missouri FOP President Rick Inglima to Roeber obtained by The Independent, Roeber was informed that […]

KC Freedom Project’s Latahra Smith answers call for justice from wrongfully convicted

BY: - October 27, 2020

TOPEKA — KC Freedom Project founder Latahra Smith savors the rare court victory overturning a conviction and freeing someone falsely thrown in prison. There is an inevitable celebration of newfound liberty with hugs from family and smiles for cameras, Smith said. Everything seems good, Smith said, but she also appreciates that years of unwarranted incarceration […]

Missouri AG’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

BY: - October 26, 2020

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and the Missouri […]

Missouri county stops COVID social media posts over ‘negative, insulting’ comments

BY: - October 26, 2020

A Missouri county enduring the state’s fourth-highest rate for new COVID-19 infections will stop posting local data on Facebook because of responses that attack its work and raise conspiracy theories about the disease. Ste. Genevieve County, a southeast Missouri county with 17,894 people, has added 195 new cases since Sept. 30 and 93 in the […]

The Missouri governor who was never governor

BY: - October 26, 2020

In early October 1864, Major General Sterling Price was poised to strike at Jefferson City with a force of about 12,000 men who had marched from the Arkansas border through the state in a last-ditch attempt to turn Missouri to the Confederate side. Accompanying Price was Thomas C. Reynolds, a native of South Carolina who […]

Spire Missouri program will help customers catch up on gas bills during COVID pandemic

BY: - October 23, 2020

The natural gas supplier for more than 1 million Missouri customers will create a payment assistance program and allow up to 18 months to pay bills that have accumulated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the plan approved Thursday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Spire Missouri will help customers who have lost […]