Gov. Parson declares end to COVID emergency as Missouri cases soar to record levels

BY: - December 30, 2021

On the day Missouri surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases and recorded the highest single-day tally of infections for the pandemic, Gov. Mike Parson announced he would let the state of emergency for responding to the disease expire at midnight Friday. The decision was immediately criticized by Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillon, who said it […]

Couple creates food hub in southwest Missouri to help families during ‘difficult times’

BY: - December 30, 2021

Anita and Gary Burney moved to Back Acres Homestead — or as they jokingly call it, “Back Ache-rs’ Homestead” — in southwestern Missouri three years ago to find a quieter life.  Just a few miles from both the Arkansas and Oklahoma borders, the Burneys’ homestead features a lovely stone house, chickens roaming, a garden, some […]

To protect water, University of Missouri professors recommend tighter regulation of runoff

BY: - December 30, 2021

More than 190 segments of Missouri rivers, streams and lakes are impaired because of pollution from crop fertilizer, livestock waste and urban runoff. And without action, two University of Missouri professors say, more drinking water utilities might have to spend considerable sums to keep their water supplies healthy, raising rates for customers.  The professors — […]

Missouri Gov. Parson introduces new directors for Revenue, Mental Health departments

BY: - December 29, 2021

A veteran Republican lawmaker will lead the Missouri Department of Revenue and a long-time administrator in state government will take over the Department of Mental Health, Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday. State Rep. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, brings corporate management experience that will help him lead the state’s tax collecting agency, Parson said.  Wallingford is […]

After 33 years advocating for victims of domestic violence, Colleen Coble is retiring

BY: - December 29, 2021

It was spring of 1989, and Colleen Coble had been working as a lobbyist in Jefferson City for just a few months.  She stood in the gallery of the Missouri House of Representatives, waiting for a bill regarding protections for domestic violence victims to come up for a vote.  It had to pass out of […]

Moran, Blunt denounce ‘disgusting’ collusion, bias in national liver transplant policy

BY: - December 28, 2021

TOPEKA — U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Roy Blunt of Missouri expressed outrage at evidence of bias in the United Network for Organ Sharing’s policy of distributing livers from states with high donor rates to areas of the country underperforming in donation of lifesaving organs. The Republicans said UNOS’ policy resulted in patients […]

Kansas City residents will soon have the right to an attorney in eviction proceedings

BY: - December 28, 2021

 A stack of boxes sitting in attorney Gina Chiala’s garage reminds her of how devastating evictions can be on families.  A woman had called her in 2014, a couple years before Chiala co-founded the Heartland Center For Jobs and Freedom nonprofit law group to provide legal support to the movement of fast-food workers fighting for […]

Omicron’s rapid spread puts Missouri on track for COVID cases ‘worse…than it has ever been’

BY: - December 27, 2021

Missouri’s two largest counties will continue their efforts to overturn a court ruling that severely limits the powers of local health departments at the same time health officials warn the omicron variant will bring thousands of new COVID-19 cases. Missouri reported almost 10,000 new coronavirus infections Monday, making December the second-worst month of the pandemic […]

Sens. Jeanie Riddle and Jill Schupp

‘The Eleven’: Women in Missouri Senate see new book as example of bipartisanship forged

BY: - December 23, 2021

The women of the Missouri Senate are telling their own stories through a forthcoming children’s book that chronicles the journeys of lawmakers past and present. Titled, “You Can, Too!,” the book recounts the stories of the 36 women who have served in the state Senate over the course of the chamber’s history. The book is […]

Candidates fighting 2020 misinformation run to administer local elections

BY: - December 23, 2021

As a chemist and immigrant from Vietnam, Linh Nguyen never thought she could have a role in U.S. politics. But then Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and he “unknowingly inspired minority leaders, women of color like me, to be more actively engaged in politics,” she said. She joined the nonpartisan League of Women […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 22, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

Judge denies effort by local health agencies to intervene, appeal Missouri COVID ruling

BY: - December 22, 2021

A Cole County judge on Wednesday denied local health departments and the state’s two largest counties from intervening and appealing a recent court ruling that has upended restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The ruling, issued by Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green the same day that his Nov. 22 order […]