American Airlines to furlough nearly 1,200 St. Louis employees

BY: - February 8, 2021

American Airlines will furlough more than 1,100 employees who work in St. Louis as part of cutbacks nationally that will reduce the airline’s workforce by more than 13,000. Citing the continued issues surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on travel, the company said it would reduce its workforce at St. Louis Lambert International Airport by 1,173, […]

Biden advisers urge states to keep COVID-19 safety measures in place

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s COVID-19 advisers on Monday urged that states keep safety restrictions in place as new variants of the virus continue to spread. “We really need to keep all of the mitigation measures at play here if we’re really going to get control of this pandemic,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

With Affordable Care Act in danger, Missouri GOP push pre-existing conditions shield

BY: - February 8, 2021

It’s been nearly three months since Rep. Brenda Shields was diagnosed with COVID-19, but her lung issues still persist. Shields said she feels her condition improving every day, but she still has difficulty breathing — especially when she exerts even a small amount of energy. Lawmakers are concerned the pandemic will add to the more […]

St. Louis County Democrat launches bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt

BY: - February 8, 2021

Scott Sifton, a former Democratic state senator from St. Louis County, officially launched a campaign on Monday to unseat GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. Sifton, 46, is the first Democrat to join the campaign. He announced his intention in a web video that focused as much on Missouri’s other senator — Republican Josh Hawley — […]

Missouri Gaming Commission spent $400K on licensing report. It won’t make it public

BY: - February 8, 2021

The Missouri Gaming Commission is citing attorney-client privilege for refusing to release a report on how it conducts licensing investigations. The report, prepared by a Kansas City law firm at a cost of almost $400,000, was received by the five-member commission during a closed session Jan. 27. When The Independent filed a Sunshine Law request […]

Federal appeals court sides with journalists who were tear-gassed in Ferguson protests

BY: - February 6, 2021

On the fifth day of the Ferguson protests in August 2014, St. Charles County sent their SWAT team in armored military vehicles to help block off West Florissant Avenue, which was considered “Ground Zero” for the protests.  Ash-har Quraishi, Marla Cichowski and Sam Winslade — reporters who were working for Al Jazeera America news network […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9T relief package despite GOP push for less

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who […]

Missouri Gov. Parson remains adamant on unemployment repayments

BY: - February 5, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday showed no indication he was changing his mind about forgiving any part of the approximately $150 million in unemployment benefits paid erroneously by the state in 2020. In a news conference, Parson said it may take several years for those who received the money to repay it, but that it […]

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Competition increasing for KC-area seat on University of Missouri curators

BY: - February 5, 2021

The field of candidates vying for a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators currently held by a former Kansas City-area lawmaker is growing. Lisa Weixelman, an attorney with Polsinelli law firm, is the latest addition to the list of people angling for Gov. Mike Parson’s appointment to the nine-member board. In an […]

Gov. Mike Parson’s PAC moves into former headquarters of Eric Greitens’ dark money group

BY: - February 4, 2021

Four years ago, a major Republican donor purchased a building in downtown Jefferson City to house then-Gov. Eric Greitens’ dark money nonprofit. But as of Feb. 1, that building is home to the political arm of the man who took over the governor’s office following Greitens’ resignation. Uniting Missouri, a political action committee formed to […]

Missouri data shows expanding ‘vaccine deserts’ in St. Louis and Kansas City metros

BY: - February 4, 2021

An expanding portion of St. Louis and Kansas City are considered “vaccine deserts,” or areas with limited-to-no access to the COVID-19 vaccine, according to analysis by a consulting firm hired by the state. Vaccine deserts are expanding in the state’s biggest cities despite shrinking for the rest of the state as more providers begin administering […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene partly recants conspiracy theories, but fails to apologize

BY: - February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Ahead of an expected vote to remove U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee posts, the Georgia Republican walked back some of her most incendiary comments, saying she “was allowed to believe things that weren’t true.” In a 10-minute speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon, Greene offered an explanation for some […]