Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

BY: - March 6, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, […]

One year into pandemic, Missouri’s COVID report missing 80,000 cases, 1,000 deaths

BY: - March 6, 2021

The Hickory County Health Department reported 853 total local COVID-19 cases in its weekly update Friday, five more than a week earlier. But residents of the southwest Missouri county who check the Department of Health and Senior Services dashboard for information would not have known that. Instead, they would see a cumulative 467 cases. Those […]

Missouri Gaming Commission member resigns amid struggle over secret report

BY: - March 5, 2021

Dan Finney, who has complained publicly about the cost and intent of an investigation into Missouri Gaming Commission licensing practices, on Thursday resigned his commission seat. Finney, a Democrat appointed to the commission in 2017 by former Gov. Eric Greitens, made no mention of his public differences with Chairman Mike Leara in his two-sentence resignation […]

Syringes of COVID-19 vaccinations are filled during MU Health Care’s vaccination clinic in the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.

Most Missouri mass vaccination events last week had unused doses. But waste was rare

BY: - March 5, 2021

Out of the 28 mass vaccination events supported by the Missouri National Guard last week, all but five had unused doses remaining at the end of the day, ranging from as few as 18 to nearly 1,500. Only five events wasted any doses — with 143 of 152 wasted doses occurring at an event last […]

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

Lawsuit alleges Missouri House staffer was fired for complaining about lack of masks

BY: - March 5, 2021

A former employee of the Missouri House of Representatives filed a lawsuit this week alleging he was fired for raising concerns to legislative leadership about the lack of a statehouse mask mandate. Tad Mayfield had worked as a staffer in the Missouri House since 2011. His last full year of employment was 2019, where he […]

U.S. Senate imposes limits on aid for state, local governments in COVID relief bill

BY: - March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, after drafting a number of revisions that, among other changes, tweak the aid intended for state and local governments. The legislation approved in the House outlines $350 billion in direct aid to state, local governments, territories […]

Missouri will add antigen tests to its COVID report, increasing positive case counts

BY: - March 4, 2021

Data on COVID-19 infections that local health departments have been reporting for months – and telling their communities represent the most accurate picture of the virus’ spread – will be added to the state health reports starting Friday The change is expected to add tens of thousands of cases to the state’s report that on […]

Missouri House votes to forgive federal unemployment overpayments

BY: - March 4, 2021

A bipartisan agreement on forgiving unemployment overpayments dissolved Thursday in the Missouri House on the issue of how fast the relief should be available. After voting 157-3 to send the bill allowing waiver of almost $109 million in overpayments to the state Senate, Democrats split from Republicans on whether they believe promises from the Missouri […]

Conflict grows over secret report to Missouri Gaming Commission

BY: - March 4, 2021

Tension on the Missouri Gaming Commission between its longest serving member and Chairman Mike Leara continues to escalate, bubbling over this week over access to material gathered for a secret report on gambling license decisions. Dan Finney, who was appointed in 2017, wants to see the full case file developed by Graves Garrett for the […]

Sweeping voting rights package passes U.S. House

BY: - March 4, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill.  Even though Democrats control Congress and the White House, their slim majority […]

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

BY: - March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” They argue […]

Exterior Missouri State Capitol building

Transgender youth speak against Missouri proposal to restrict sports teams by gender

BY: - March 3, 2021

Brandon Boulware remembers the moment he realized he wasn’t allowing his transgender daughter to be who she is. Boulware said he wouldn’t let her play with toys or wear clothes intended for girls, and would make her get short haircuts. He wanted to keep her from getting teased, but also avoid the inevitable questions he […]