Missouri man faces federal indictment for allegedly threatening to murder Emanuel Cleaver

BY: - March 3, 2021

A federal grand jury has indicted a man from southwest Missouri for threatening to murder two members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City. The three-count indictment of Kenneth Hubert, 63, of Marionville, was announced Wednesday afternoon by the United States Attorneys Office of the Western District. Hubert is alleged to […]

Senate panel splits over Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to lead Health and Human Services

BY: - March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel divided evenly along party lines Wednesday over the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 14-14 vote came in the Senate Finance Committee, with Democrats in support of advancing Becerra’s nomination and Republicans opposed to sending it to the full […]

Biden urges states to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers

BY: - March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines, setting a goal of ensuring that every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker is able to receive at least one shot this month. At least 34 states and the District of Columbia have some or all […]

Missouri Supreme Court denies Lamar Johnson a new trial

BY: - March 2, 2021

Nearly two years ago, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a motion for a new trial for Lamar Johnson, who has now spent 26 years in jail.  Gardner alleged former prosecutors and police fabricated evidence to get Johnson’s murder conviction in 1995. However, a circuit judge ruled Gardner didn’t have the power to file […]

‘Vaccination gap’ worse in Missouri’s urban centers, consultant hired by state finds

BY: - March 2, 2021

A consulting firm hired by the state has repeatedly found Missouri’s urban centers have the largest “vaccination gap” — the estimated number of eligible residents who still haven’t received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The analyses, which were conducted by Deloitte Consulting and provided to The Independent through an open records request, began […]

Spending bill for Medicaid expansion raises questions about intent

BY: - March 2, 2021

The $1.6 billion cost of expanding Medicaid to approximately 275,000 uninsured Missourians has been segregated from other spending in the upcoming budget year by moving it into a separate appropriation bill. The move has Democrats wondering if House Republicans are looking for a way to avoid funding the new health care program and a leading […]

U.S. Senate confirms Cardona as education secretary

BY: - March 2, 2021

The Senate on Monday confirmed Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Department of Education in a 64-33 vote. Cardona, a longtime educator from Connecticut, will be tasked with helping schools reopen during the pandemic and leading the $68 billion agency.  “There is no one better suited for this job in this moment than Miguel Cardona,” […]

After outrage over unused vaccines at rural clinics, Parson vows more KC, STL events

BY: - March 1, 2021

Last week, multiple mass vaccination events in rural areas neared the end of the day with hundreds of doses still on hand — prompting health departments to take to social media and encourage anyone to come for fear doses would be wasted. “We have ample vaccine still available that needs to be administered today,” the […]

Missouri schools to receive $123 million as Parson releases budget withholdings

BY: - March 1, 2021

Missouri public schools will receive $123 million withheld from the state education budget, as Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday he ended all restrictions on general revenue spending in the current budget. The release comes earlier than anticipated. When state Budget Director Dan Haug laid out Parson’s spending proposal for the coming year in January, he […]

House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, speaks during floor debate of HB 349.

‘Compromise to be had’: School choice bills face both success and gridlock in Missouri

BY: - March 1, 2021

It was a mixed week for education reform in the Missouri legislature, with historic success in one chamber and gridlock in the other. An education savings accounts program managed to clear a major hurdle, barely passing out of the House after heated debate and a rare speech from the House speaker. But on the other […]

St. Louis will narrow field of candidates for mayor in city’s first nonpartisan primary

BY: - February 28, 2021

St. Louis will begin the process of electing a new mayor on Tuesday, when city voters choose two candidates to face off in the April 6 general election.  For the first time, the primary will be non-partisan, after a new “approval voting” system was enacted that placed all candidates on the same ballot and allowed […]

Judge rules ‘E-Raffle’ machines must face trial in Missouri illegal gambling case

BY: - February 27, 2021

Tritium International Consultants, a Florida company that markets gambling machines to fraternal and service clubs, will go on trial on felony charges in Linn County. Associate Circuit Judge William Devoy on Friday ruled that Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon proved there is probable cause to believe the machine is an illegal gambling device. Devoy set an […]