‘You just deliver’: Missouri pharmacies pour energy into preparations for COVID vaccine

BY: - December 23, 2020

More than 23,000 initial shots of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across Missouri so far. But before doses are even delivered, a herculean amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure its smooth arrival. Approved as a vaccinator with the state, Alps Pharmacy, an independent, locally-owned pharmacy in the Springfield area, has […]

Ag groups praise $33 billion in farm-related COVID relief aid

BY: - December 22, 2020

The $900 billion pandemic relief legislation passed by Congress late Monday includes $33 billion in aid for farms, broadband, biofuels and nutrition programs. Agriculture groups were quick to praise the bipartisan package, months in the making. The aid includes $11.2 billion Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will use to “support producers, processors and contract growers,” the […]

Missouri exceeds 5,000 COVID-19 deaths as vaccine rollout continues

BY: - December 22, 2020

Missouri surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday when the state Department of Health and Senior Services added 211 new fatalities, including 140 from a weekly review of death certificates. The state has now endured 5,158 deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. The weekly review of deaths to […]

Congress passed $900 billion COVID relief package. Here’s what’s in the bill — and what’s out

BY: and - December 22, 2020

Congress on Monday night approved and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency relief portion […]

Confusion, delays hamper COVID vaccine shipments to Clay County hospitals

BY: - December 22, 2020

Last week, as celebratory photos of healthcare workers receiving the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine flooded social media, frontline staff at Liberty Hospital waited in anticipation — knowing their shipments would be coming this week. The ultra-cold freezers sat waiting. Staff who had prepared to administer doses were standing by. Instead, the hospital was […]

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Missouri medical marijuana license caps

BY: - December 21, 2020

A Cole County judge on Monday threw out a lawsuit alleging limitations on the number of medical marijuana licenses issued by the state were unconstitutional.  Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that the regulations at the heart of the lawsuit were “properly promulgated and are in compliance with Missouri’s laws and Constitution.” She ruled […]

St. Francois County jail faces class-action lawsuit alleging ‘unlawful’ conditions

BY: - December 21, 2020

When Bonne Terre resident Robert Hopple entered the St. Francois County Detention Center in May 2018, he was placed in a small holding cell with about ten other men for roughly three days.  Hopple, 49, says the jail staff gave him a urine-soaked mat and a thin blanket to sleep on the floor — while […]

Worth County last in Missouri to record a COVID-19 death

BY: - December 21, 2020

Death from COVID-19 has visited every county in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported this weekend. Tiny Worth County, with only about 2,000 people on the Iowa border, was the last of 117 local health jurisdictions to have a death recorded on the department’s coronavirus dashboard. The report, made Saturday, shows the […]

U.S. not using emergency powers to speed production of COVID vaccine

BY: - December 21, 2020

U.S. Surgeon Jerome Adams on Saturday said last week during a visit to Ohio that the federal government has invoked the Defense Production Act hundreds of times in the fight against coronavirus. But it is not using it to speed production of two vaccines that now have been approved. At a press conference during a […]

Congress seals the deal on emergency COVID relief with unemployment aid, $600 checks

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to ensure several temporary Federal Reserve lending programs will end this year. Working through that disagreement over the Fed was a key […]

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years. Though she recently made news for asking God to help reelect President Donald Trump and telling a television show that “transgender Black Marxists” are trying to overthrow the country, none […]

Josh Hawley’s push for $1,200 stimulus checks blocked by Wisconsin Republican

BY: - December 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spoke out on Friday on the Senate floor in opposition to a bipartisan proposal advanced by his colleague Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) that would given direct payments of $1,200 to Americans as part of a package of pandemic relief measures. Hawley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) say the direct payment […]