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Medical worker in southwestern Missouri dies of COVID-19

Sep. 10, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A 40-year-old medical worker at a southwestern Missouri clinic has died from COVID-19, the CEO of her company said. Marie Brumbaugh was a medical assistant at a clinic in Branson operated by CoxHealth. CEO Steve Edwards said in a statement Wednesday that it isn’t certain how...

Judge recommends criminal count dismissal in duck boat case

Sep. 5, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that criminal charges be dismissed against three men indicted over a duck boat sinking on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people two summers ago. U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush concluded Friday that charges should be dismissed because Table Rock Lake, where the boat...

A Missouri city appoints its first Black member to council

Aug. 29, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A city council in a southwest Missouri community recently appointed its first Black member amid division in the community. Julia King, 37, was sworn in on Tuesday after Branson Mayor Edd Akers and a panel of former and current elected officials unanimously selected King for the city's...

Virus infection rates up in some rural Missouri counties

Aug. 14, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Coronavirus infections increased at a higher rate in several rural Missouri counties over the past two weeks compared to the state's major metropolitan areas. While many more people have been sickened by the virus in major metropolitan areas including St. Louis and Kansas City, the...

Judge halts St. Louis evictions through the end of August

Aug. 7, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has ordered a halt to evictions in St. Louis through the end of August, but a civil rights advocacy group says the moratorium should be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Circuit Court Presiding Judge Rex Burlison issued the order Thursday. It does not apply to commercial...

FILE - In this July 14, 2018, file photo, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, center, appears during a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia. Ashcroft says comments he made that fathers would risk dying to send their children back to school are being misconstrued. During an interview Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, with a Christian radio station in Branson, the Republican said he didn't know a father who wouldn't risk his life to be sure his children are getting a good education. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft defends school comments

Aug. 5, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said comments he made about fathers being willing to die to send their children back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic are being misinterpreted and overshadow his main message that children need to return to in-person classes this...