Lawmakers renew push for party registration, closed Missouri primaries

BY: - January 4, 2021

For as long as Missouri has had voter registration, there has been no requirement that people choose a political party as part of the process. That means every primary is open to every voter. Every four years, it is possible to cast a ballot in one party’s presidential primary in the spring and another party’s […]

Who is Dean Plocher, the new Missouri House majority leader?

BY: - January 1, 2021

When Dean Plocher was sworn in as a member of the Missouri House for the first time in January 2016, all of his fellow Republican colleagues had been in office for at least a year already.  Just two months earlier, Plocher had won a special election to fill a vacant seat representing parts of St. […]

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

BY: - December 31, 2020

WASHINGTON — To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of […]

Josh Hawley vows to contest certification of Joe Biden’s victory

BY: - December 30, 2020

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley announced Wednesday that he will object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory when Congress convenes next week to ratify the results of the 2020 election. The move, which is largely symbolic, guarantees that both chambers will be forced to debate the results and vote on whether […]

Prosecutors try to keep people out of pandemic-clogged courts through diversion programs

BY: - December 30, 2020

When Julia Fogelberg was a public defender in St. Louis County, she saw how the criminal justice system could often do more harm than good.  Now working on the prosecutor side, she’s grateful that she can provide a different solution — like in the case of a single-mother of two she met this summer. The […]

Missouri bills target school boards, county commissioners for recalls

BY: - December 29, 2020

As public schools prepared to reopen last summer, local school boards chose between in-person learning, online instruction or a blend of the two. Many heard often from parents, who at times gathered to protest. Some wanted a delayed opening or virtual learning. Some demanded in-person classwork. The agitation didn’t stop as the year progressed. In […]

Food stamp applicants struggle to get through Missouri call center line

BY: - December 28, 2020

In normal times, the Missouri Bootheel has the highest rates of hunger in the state. “But when the pandemic hit, it made an already bad situation much worse,” said Lisa Church, chief advancement officer of the Southeast Missouri Food Bank.  The organization’s pantries and mobile food distribution were seeing as many as three times more […]

Missouri may see nearly 65,000 fewer COVID vaccine doses through the end of year

BY: - December 23, 2020

Missouri is expected to receive “a significant decrease” of about 55,575 fewer doses of Pfizer’s vaccine and 9,350 fewer doses of Moderna’s through the end of the year, state health department officials told vaccinators in a planning meeting Tuesday. For the week of Dec. 21-27, Missouri is slated to receive 26,325 fewer doses of Pfizer’s […]

Missouri Supreme Court flushes sales tax case of Springfield potty provider

BY: - December 23, 2020

Sometimes people feel like the government is dumping on them, and this week that person is Charlie Gott. For 35 years, Gott has been the answer to the call of nature for thousands of people on construction sites and outdoor events. His company, Gott’s To Go — slogan “Call on Charlie Gott when you’ve Gotts […]

‘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 […]