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2 killed in train crash in southeast Missouri's Bootheel

Aug. 15, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two people were killed in a train crash in the Bootheel region of southeast Missouri, authorities say. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victims as 52-year-old Titusan Townsend, of Columbia, and 51-year-old Ricky Tillman, of Kennett. KRCG-TV reports that Townsend...

Missouri prosecutors oppose expanding attorney general power

Aug. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prosecutors on Wednesday came out against Republican Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to give the state attorney general the power to prosecute St. Louis homicides. Leaders of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in a statement wrote that prosecutors “stand...

FILE - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. A proposal by the Republican governor to give the attorney general the power to prosecute murders in St. Louis is spurring backlash. Parson's directive was widely seen as criticism of St. Louis' first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Parson has said the goal is to help combat a surge in violent crime. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says Republicans are trying to undermine Gardner. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Missouri bill targeting Black prosecutor spurs backlash

Aug. 12, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s contested call to give the attorney general the power to prosecute homicides in St. Louis has spurred backlash and led state lawmakers to delay work on crime legislation he wants. Parson on Monday asked lawmakers working on sweeping crime bill to...

Missouri universities plan for students to return amid virus

Aug. 12, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — With thousands of students returning to college this week, St. Louis is tightening restrictions for many places where they might socialize in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and acting city Health Director Dr. Fredrick Echols issued a new...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. Officials announced St. Louis has been added to the list of cities that will receive assistance from Operation Legend, a federal anti-crime program launched to help city police in their effort to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Federal anti-crime program to send 50 agents to St. Louis

Aug. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State and federal governments announced steps aimed at reining in violent crime in St. Louis Thursday, prompting Black leaders to question why police reform isn’t part of the conversation. Fifty Department of Homeland Security agents will be sent to St. Louis under Operation...

A dinosaur replica wears a mask outside Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The dinosaur is promoting a Dinosaur Road Trip exhibit. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

4 test positive for virus as Missouri lawmakers resume work

Aug. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four people tested positive for the coronavirus following open testing at the Capitol in advance of lawmakers returning to work, the state health department announced Wednesday. The agency offered free testing to lawmakers, staffers and others who work at the Capitol at the request of...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Galloway's office estimated that expanding Medicaid could cost the state at least $200 million or save as much as $1 billion annually by 2026. Republican opponents cite the potential costs as a reason to oppose the ballot initiative. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

Missouri Democrat says she's best suited to expand Medicaid

Aug. 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Democrat Nicole Galloway said she's the best candidate for Missouri governor to enact Medicaid expansion after voters narrowly approved the measure. Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to expand eligibility for the government health care program to thousands more low-income...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during an event at the White House, in Washington. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Parson, who opposes Medicaid expansion and is up for election this year, in May moved the vote on the proposal up from the Nov. 3 general election to Tuesday's primary. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Missouri approves Medicaid expansion; Parson, Galloway win

Aug. 5, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning...

The Latest: Veteran congressman ousted in Missouri primary

Aug. 5, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Missouri primary election (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in...

Voters make Missouri the nation's 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion for more low-income adults

Aug. 5, 2020 12:07 AM EDT
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Voters make Missouri the nation's 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion for more low-income adults.