Missouri appeals court rules charter school lawfully denied entry to unvaccinated children

BY: - December 8, 2020

Parents must use forms created by the state health department, not send handwritten notes, to claim the religious exemption to vaccinations allowing non-immunized children to attend classes, a Missouri court ruled Tuesday. The Western District Court of Appeals, acting in a case from Jackson County, ruled that Crossroads Academy-Central Street, a charter school, had acted […]

How a child’s death changed this Missouri town’s views about COVID

BY: - December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, Mo. — In August, local officials in this small city an hour west of St. Louis voted against requiring residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On Nov. 23, with COVID cases surging and the local hospital overflowing, the city council brought a mask order back for another vote. As […]

COVID creates more staffing issues for Missouri law enforcement

BY: - December 8, 2020

COVID-19 is disrupting more law enforcement operations around the state as illness combines with existing staffing shortages. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office in northeast Missouri sent all its inmates to neighboring Audrain County in late November, and the Springfield Police Department on Monday closed the lobby of police headquarters for at least two days. And […]

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases, flouting Trump veto threat

BY: - December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South. Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement to rename the 10 bases in the annual […]

St. Louis Hospitalizations

‘This is a time of war,’ says St. Louis’ pandemic task force leader

BY: - December 7, 2020

St. Louis area hospitals are seeing about 20 patients die every day. “That is 20 people a day who won’t be going back home to their loved ones,” said Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander for the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, during his Monday briefing. That number has tripled since October, he said, and […]

Georgia’s top election official says Biden wins latest recount

BY: - December 7, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the third counting of ballots in the state’s presidential race, confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory once again over Donald Trump. Raffensperger announced Monday afternoon that he signed off on the results after nearly 5 million ballots were rescanned starting just before Thanksgiving.  The size of Biden’s victory over […]

Southwest Airlines to cut more than 200 Missouri jobs due to COVID losses

BY: - December 7, 2020

Southwest Airlines, facing billions in losses because COVID-19 has “devastated domestic air travel and tourism,” will lay off 221 Missouri employees early next year unless it can reach a cost-cutting deal with unions or obtain federal relief. The cutbacks, outlined in a mass layoff notice delivered Thursday to the Department of Higher Education and Workforce […]

Medical marijuana subpoena may have been connected to Independence FBI probe

BY: - December 7, 2020

The head of Missouri’s medical marijuana program testified under oath that a grand jury subpoena his agency received late last year was likely connected to an FBI investigation in Independence.  The revelation by Lyndall Fraker, director of medical marijuana regulation at the Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, is the first indication of the […]

Missouri expects to receive over 300,000 initial doses of COVID vaccine this month

BY: - December 4, 2020

By the end of this year, Missouri will have enough doses of a COVID vaccine to give the initial shot to most of the state’s roughly 350,000 long-term care facility residents and staff and healthcare providers, state health department director Randall Williams said Friday. In a call with reporters, Williams said he anticipates mass vaccinations, […]

As COVID cases tick up, Missouri pins its hopes on a vaccine’s arrival

BY: - December 4, 2020

After a slight Thanksgiving lull, Missouri’s COVID cases are once again rising, as the state pins its hopes on additional doses of a vaccine that will be coming later this month. The state already anticipates it will receive enough doses of the Pfizer vaccine to treat 51,000 people, with another 64,000 Pfizer doses and 105,000 […]

St. Louis city board recommends further limitations on business capacity

BY: - December 3, 2020

A St. Louis city advisory board has recommended that all businesses in the city reduce their capacity to 25 percent. The city currently mandates bars, restaurants and nightclubs limit their capacity to 50 percent of their permitted occupancy and to close by 11 p.m. “This has not been easy, but hard decisions have to be […]

Howard County Jail closed as COVID outbreak hits sheriff, inmates

BY: and - December 3, 2020

An entire jail in central Missouri is empty today due to a COVID-19 outbreak among inmates and staff. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department closed Saturday and sent the 15 detainees to Cooper County. Sheriff Mike Neal, at least one deputy and most of the jail staff are infected with the coronavirus. The department posted a […]