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91,000 more people file for unemployment in Missouri

Apr. 9, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An additional 91,000 Missouri residents applied for unemployment last week as the economic toll from the coronavirus grew, while Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday ordered public schools to stay closed for the rest of the year. The number of new unemployment claims for the week that ended...

The Missouri Senate chamber sits empty on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Jefferson City, Missouri, after senators adjourned for the day and announced they would not reconvene in a full session until at least March 30 because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Officials in state capitols across the country have been announcing new precautions intended to guard against the spread of the disease. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Photo by David A. Lieb)

Missouri lawmakers return to Capitol for virus funding bill

Apr. 7, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers took extraordinary steps to return to the usually crowded state Capitol on Tuesday to work on an emergency coronavirus funding bill. The Capitol has been closed to everyone except essential staff since March 24. But lawmaker approval is needed for Republican Gov....

A person covers their face with a scarf while walking down the street Monday, April 6, 2020, in University City, Mo. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri budget chief blames huge revenue drop on virus

Apr. 6, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As Missouri lawmakers prepare to consider emergency funding in response to the coronavirus crisis, the state's budget director on Monday offered more evidence of the pandemic's toll on the economy. Budget Director Dan Haug said net general revenue collections for March dropped 4.2%...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Boone County Sheriff's Department in Columbia, Mo., shows Joseph Elledge. Elledge, accused of killing his Chinese wife Mengqi Ji. Ji's family is seeking help from lawmakers and the community to spend at least $500,000 toward the search for her body. Columbia police believe the body of Mengqi Ji was dumped in the Lamine River, near Booneville, Mo. Cadaver dogs indicated human remains there, and divers have been searching the waters for five months. (Boone County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Search for body of missing woman could cost $500,000

Apr. 3, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The search for the body of a Missouri woman presumed to have been murdered by her husband could cost at least $500,000, forcing her family to ask lawmakers and the community for help in funding the effort. Columbia police believe the body of Mengqi Ji was dropped in the Lamine...

People relax and exercise in Forest Park Friday, April 3, 2020, in St. Louis. The city is under a stay-at-home order asking everyone to stay inside and away from others as much as possible, with some exceptions such as going out for groceries or exercise, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb virus

Apr. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, meaning Missouri has joined about 40 other states already requiring residents to avoid going out except for essential purposes. The order came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri reached 2,113, up...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the new coronavirus

Apr. 3, 2020 6:04 PM EDT
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.
A man walks a dog on an empty downtown street as the sun sets Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Smaller Missouri communities issuing stay-at-home orders

Apr. 2, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Smaller local governments are issuing stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Missouri, where the governor hasn't issued a statewide order. Such orders took effect more than a week ago in the state's biggest cities, including Kansas City and St. Louis, but smaller...

Missouri governor cuts spending as virus hits economy

Apr. 1, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Wednesday that he's expecting a $500 million revenue shortfall this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and he announced he's cutting roughly $175 million in spending to make up for it. Parson projected significant drops in tax revenue that...

Missouri's Pinson, Smith and Tilmon declare for NBA draft

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri sophomore Xavier Pinson and juniors Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon announced Tuesday that they would enter the NBA draft, though none of them intends to hire an agent and all could return to school next season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement that he...

University of Missouri president to lead Columbia campus

Mar. 26, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi will take over as interim chancellor of the Columbia campus, the Board of Curators announced Thursday. Choi's appointment as leader of the system's flagship university comes after Chancellor Alexander Cartwright was tapped to be president of the University of...