News

Missouri governor open to adding COVID liability to legislative special session agenda

BY: - November 5, 2020

JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he would consider adding COVID-19 liability protection to a special session if legislation that can be passed quickly is brought to him. The General Assembly began the second special session of the year on Wednesday with House introduction of Parson’s $1.3 billion plan for using remaining federal coronavirus […]

Battleground states count mail ballots, with Biden just shy of votes to clinch presidency

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory […]

Missouri reports new daily peak in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

BY: - November 5, 2020

Missouri reported a new daily high for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations Thursday as the spreading infection created staffing shortages that are straining school districts around the state and forcing some to shift to online education. The 3,553 new cases reported Thursday is almost 500 more than the previous daily high, set Oct. 29, and is […]

Missouri lawmakers return with $1.3 billion COVID package on agenda

BY: - November 5, 2020

The Missouri General Assembly is being asked to prepare for the possible return of unspent CARES Act funds held by counties and add almost $19 million to money available to prevent homelessness in the special session that begins today. Gov. Mike Parson is also asking lawmakers to put $1 million in general revenue and $1 […]

Tishaura Jones announces bid for St. Louis mayor

BY: - November 4, 2020

St. Louis city is divided by one long road — Delmar Boulevard.  Walk south of Delmar, and you’ll find a vibrant business district and affluent residential neighborhood. Walk north, and it looks like a country that’s been bombed out in a war decades ago and never rebuilt.  This inequity is at the heart of the […]

The fight for the presidency comes down to millions of uncounted mail ballots in battleground states

BY: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on key battleground states that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots. Here are some questions—and answers—about what’s going on in those states: Why is the counting process slow? It’s taking […]

White House recommends Missouri reduce restaurant capacity, urges residents to wear masks

BY: - November 4, 2020

In a Nov. 1 report, the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged Missouri to implement stricter measures, including reducing indoor dining and always wearing a mask in public, to curb “unrelenting spread and increasing new hospital admissions” of the novel coronavirus. Missouri was one of 11 states that fell into the “red zone” last week […]

BJC cuts back on elective procedures as Missouri COVID-19 hospitalizations surge

BY: - November 4, 2020

The surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations is forcing one of Missouri’s largest health care providers to cut back on elective procedures to preserve bed space. St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare, in a statement issued Tuesday, said it would delay elective procedures that require inpatient or overnight stays at four hospitals. The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force […]

Voters repeal Clean Missouri redistricting plan they enacted in 2018

BY: - November 4, 2020

Missouri voters on Tuesday repealed a constitutional amendment they enacted in 2018 that would have required legislative districts be drawn to ensure partisan fairness. They replaced it with one that critics contend could forgo the use of total population to draw districts and instead exclude all non-voters, specifically children and non-citizens — tilting the political […]

Missouri Republicans maintain supermajorities in House and Senate

BY: - November 4, 2020

Missouri Democrats had another disappointing night in legislative elections Tuesday, losing in two state Senate districts crucial to their hopes of cracking the Republican supermajority in the upper chamber. Republicans held a key Senate seat by re-electing Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden of Columbia in the 19th District in central Missouri. As in 2016, Rowden […]

Ann Wagner prevails over Jill Schupp to hold on to St. Louis-area Congressional seat

BY: - November 3, 2020

Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner will continue representing Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District for another two years, defeating Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp on Tuesday night in a race that has drawn national attention.   With all precinct reporting, Wagner defeated Schupp 52 percent to 45 percent. In an interview with reporters prior to voting Wagner said, […]

Scott Fitzpatrick wins Missouri treasurer race over Vicki Englund

BY: - November 3, 2020

Republican Scott Fitzpatrick has defeated Democrat Vicki Englund to earn a four-year term as Missouri Treasurer. Fitzpatrick, 33, was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly after 10:30 p.m. with Fitzpatrick holding a 29 percentage point lead over England, 46. Gov. Mike Parson appointed Fitzpatrick as treasurer and he was sworn into office in […]