Latest Missouri state government News

Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases reported in Missouri

Oct. 31, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department reported nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, along with a positivity rate that remains alarmingly high. The dashboard for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services showed 183,186 COVID-19 cases, a rise of 2,986 from Friday. The death...

Final weekend: Galloway in STL, KC; Parson in St. Peters

Oct. 31, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson is campaigning in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters on Saturday, and his Democratic opponent, Nicole Galloway, is spending the final weekend of the campaign in both of Missouri's big cities. Parson was scheduled to appear Saturday at a “Keep Missouri...

Unlicensed Missouri dog breeder charged with animal abuse

Oct. 29, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An unlicensed dog breeder in southern Missouri was charged Thursday with 24 criminal counts after she allegedly euthanized 21 dogs she had agreed to turn over to the state, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said. Marlisa McAlmond, who runs Cedar Ridge Australians in Oregon...

Lincoln University program might help recruit Black officers

Oct. 28, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Raise your hand if you know what Jim Crow laws were and who enforced them. That’s one of the first things Police Chief Gary Hill will be asking recruits in training at the new police academy opening early next year at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. “Learning...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 photo, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., speaks during a news conference in Town and Country, Mo. Wagner of Missouri's 2nd District is facing a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Key Missouri congressional race seen as referendum on Trump

Oct. 28, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Democrat Jill Schupp and Republican Ann Wagner are sparring over health care and crime, but experts agree that the suburban St. Louis congressional race is, like many suburban races around the country, largely a referendum on President Donald Trump. Schupp is challenging four-term...

Recent Missouri editorials

Oct. 27, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

Jefferson City News Tribune, Oct. 27 We’re pleased to see Gov. Mike Parson has called another special session, this one to determine how to spend federal money available to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We just wish it would have come sooner. We’re in the thick of a global pandemic that’s hit...

Missouri unemployment staff cut before spring claim surge

Oct. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri agency that handles unemployment claims saw its staffing slashed by nearly 40% in recent years before this spring's surge in claims amid the coronavirus pandemic strained the system. Emails obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through a Sunshine request show that...

Missouri AG hopeful pays taxes late; GOP claims false filing

Oct. 23, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Missouri attorney general made overdue property tax payments this week after being asked about them, prompting a Republican official to accuse him of lying about being qualified to run. Democrat Rich Finneran, a former federal prosecutor challenging...

Rhonda Herring poses for a photo wearing a shirt with a picture of her slain son Brandon Herring,  in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Herring's son was killed in Kansas City in 2017, and found in a creek bed. Herring says she knows who killed him and has experienced threatening behavior by them, including men shooting by her home. She is very dissatisfied with the way police have handled the case. (Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City residents: Lack of trust in police drives crime

Oct. 23, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barbara J.K. Johnson was still in her Easter clothes when she ran out to her yard where a 14-year-old neighborhood boy lay on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was dead by the time police arrived. Such things happen too often on South Benton Avenue in Kansas City, where...

Emails: Parson was warned about virus outbreak before visit

Oct. 23, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's coronavirus diagnoses came about a week after he visited a state office building despite being warned about an outbreak among workers, emails show. The emails obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch show that a public relations officer at the Department of...