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Missouri governor signs school voucher bill into law

Jul. 14, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri students as soon as next year could have access to scholarships for private school through a new tax credit program signed by Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday. Under the voucher-style program, private donors would give money to nonprofits...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jul. 12, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. July 8, 2021. Editorial: MO Gov. Mike Parson pretends we should run for our lives — from one CDC epidemiologist With Missouri ranking dead last in keeping its people safe from COVID-19 and one of the Springfield hospitals...

Judge Paul Wilson takes over as Missouri chief justice

Jul. 01, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court Judge Paul Wilson took over as the state's chief justice Thursday, beginning a two-year term atop Missouri's judicial system. Wilson succeeds Chief Justice George Draper, who remains a member of the Supreme Court....

Hospital in hard-hit Springfield turns away COVID patients

Jun. 29, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some COVID-19 patients are being turned away from an overwhelmed Springfield hospital where cases are surging and taken to less-stressed hospitals hundreds of miles away in Kansas City and St. Louis. CoxHealth system president Steve Edwards...

Missouri to offer tax breaks to help fix up state Capitol

Jun. 29, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri taxpayers wanting to help fix up the state Capitol soon will be able to claim a tax break for making donations to the cause. Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Tuesday authorizing up to $10 million of tax credits annually for...

Mo. Supreme Court sides against state in open records case

Jun. 29, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Public governmental bodies in Missouri cannot charge fees for the time attorneys spend redacting documents prior to their release to the public, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 29, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 29, 2021. Editorial: With delta variant spiking in Missouri, those who got J&J vaccine may need a booster Infectious disease experts say those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may need a...

Missouri storms lead to flooding, road closures

Jun. 26, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Flooding caused by heavy thunderstorms stranded drivers and led to road closures across Missouri Friday and Saturday, and more could be coming. The Department of Transportation on Saturday reported road closures stretching across mid-Missouri from...

Missouri judge: Medicaid expansion unconstitutional

Jun. 23, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Wednesday ruled that a ballot measure to expand Medicaid is unconstitutional, meaning hundreds of thousands of newly eligible adults won't be able to access the health insurance program July 1 as promised. Cole County...

Missouri special session on Medicaid funding begins

Jun. 23, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators on Wednesday returned to the Capitol to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding that's entangled in a fight over family planning services. Republican Gov. Mike Parson called the last-minute special session...