Joe Biden to nominate Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary
President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday he will nominate former presidential primary rival Pete Buttigieg to serve in his Cabinet as secretary of transportation. “What I admire about Pete, is he’s always clear about who he is, what he believes and how he wants to bring people in, not exclude them,” Biden said at an appearance […]
What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?
The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refused to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist in me gets giddy, because with a little […]
Missouri vaccine rollout continues as counties face deadline for spending COVID funds
Rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine continued in Missouri on Tuesday with a veteran who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Christmas getting a shot and the University of Missouri receiving its first shipment. The rush to get the vaccine to frontline caregivers and high-risk individuals isn’t the only thing accelerating as the end of […]
Lawsuit targets residency requirement for Missouri medical marijuana licenses
A federal lawsuit filed last week seeks to strike down a Missouri requirement that medical marijuana licenses go to businesses owned by residents of the state. A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2018 that legalized medical marijuana requires facilities to be “majority owned by natural persons who have been citizens of the state of […]
Why did Fayette police raid a Black student’s house twice late at night?
It was 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night, and Christopher Turner Jr. and his girlfriend had just gotten home from a Central Methodist University football game in Kansas. Turner, 24, plays right defensive tackle for the team, and both are seniors at the small private college in Fayette, about 30 miles northwest of Columbia. The team […]
The coronavirus vaccine: A doctor answers 5 questions
Editor’s Note: With the Food and Drug Administration issuing emergency use authorization for a vaccine to limit the spread of coronavirus, you might have questions about what this means for you. Here, Dr. Jason McKnight, a primary care physician at Texas A&M University, answers five questions about the rollout and distribution underway. I hear that […]
After testy debate, Missouri GOP bill casting doubt on Joe Biden’s victory likely dead
A Democratic state representative on Monday accused Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of lying to overturn the presidential election. The former New York City mayor responded by calling the lawmaker dangerous to democracy. The exchange came during a House Special Committee on Government Oversight hearing on a resolution asking Congress to reject the electoral votes of […]
‘I got butterflies’: Missouri’s healthcare workers receive first doses of COVID vaccine
Sarah Kiehl, an intensive care unit nurse who has been treating patients with the novel coronavirus at the Truman Medical Center, had no idea when she arrived for work Monday that she would be one of the first in Kansas City to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “To be honest, I got butterflies,” Kiehl told reporters […]
Republican accused of abusing his children denied membership in House GOP caucus
Rick Roeber, the Republican elected to the Missouri House while facing allegations by his adult children that he physically and sexually abused them when they were young, will not be allowed to caucus with his party when the legislative session begins next month. Roeber will be sworn into office next month, and the allegations against […]
Missouri’s first COVID vaccine doses are on the way. How do you get people to take them?
Nestled in the pages of Missouri’s initial plan for how to distribute the highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine was a paragraph touting that “Missouri’s population understands the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.” A month later, in a revised version of the report, the paragraph was gone. Instead, the updated plan featured a new section that targeted […]
Supreme Court rejects lawsuit backed by Missouri AG Schmitt trying to overturn presidential election
WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according […]
Missouri health care workers expected to start getting COVID vaccine next week
The first vaccinations for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will likely be Thursday, state health Director Randall Williams said during a conference call Friday with reporters. With a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech awaiting final approval from federal regulators, Williams said Missouri is expecting a shipment of 51,000 doses that will be used to […]