Latest Missouri state government News

Democrats Angela Walton Mosley of Florissant, left, and Steven Roberts Jr. of St. Louis, right, raise their hands as they are sworn in as state senators on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Confirmed virus cases increasing among Missouri lawmakers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:33 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Missouri Legislature is continuing to grow after lawmakers converged at the Capitol to begin their annual session. Four additional lawmakers told The Associated Press on Friday that they had contracted the virus, bringing the total...

The Missouri House Lounge is cordoned off on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. The room, which is a popular tourist site because of its ornate paintings, has been closed to regular tours due to COVID-19 concerns. The House canceled its session this week after a coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

Virus test clinic planned at Missouri Capitol after outbreak

Jan. 21, 2021 5:52 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri legislative leaders said Thursday that they are planning to open a rapid COVID-19 testing clinic inside the Capitol building, after the annual session began with an outbreak of the disease. The clinic, led by a nurse, would be open to lawmakers, staff and others who...

Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials' power

Jan. 20, 2021 6:41 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators in Missouri on Wednesday debated ways to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. One proposal would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public...

Appeals court rejects prosecutor's appeal in McCloskey case

Jan. 20, 2021 5:45 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Wednesday denied a second challenge from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner to an order removing her and her office from prosecution of Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife, Patricia, pointed weapons at racial injustice protesters last year....

A man places flags at the National World War I Museum and Memorial Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The 1,665 flags represent the area residents who died in the coronavirus pandemic and the display was part of a national memorial to lives lost to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Parson: Mass vaccination sites planned across Missouri

Jan. 20, 2021 5:43 PM EST

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri plans mass vaccination sites by the end of the month in an effort to get more protection against COVID-19 to more people, Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday. The Republican governor said he will activate the National Guard to help with new vaccination sites in each of the nine...

Another Missouri lawmaker gets COVID-19 as House halts work

Jan. 19, 2021 2:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another Missouri lawmaker said she has tested positive for COVID-19, as the House called off its session to try to stem an outbreak of the virus in the Capitol building. The House, which normally would be in session Tuesday, canceled its work for the entire week after learning...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 19, 2021 12:58 PM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 19 The vaccination rollout has gone slower than expected, but we’re encouraged that the county’s health department, along with area schools, are planning for vaccination clinics for school staff members. On Sunday, we reported it’s still unclear when...

Missouri law raising adult age for crimes to 18 not used

Jan. 19, 2021 12:58 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Most county prosecutors in Missouri are not following a new law that raised the age for being charged as an adult in criminal cases from 17 to 18. Prosecutors say they can't implement the change because the Missouri Legislature did not provide funding for juvenile courts and...

Missouri House cancels work as lawmakers sickened with virus

Jan. 15, 2021 3:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House canceled work next week because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the Capitol. “Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the building, we are exercising an abundance of caution to protect members, staff, and visitors by canceling session next...

Missouri sending troops to help with Washington security

Jan. 15, 2021 10:49 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to help with security leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a spokeswoman confirmed late Thursday. Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones didn't specify how many troops Missouri is sending,...