Latest Missouri state government News

Despite analysis, Parson adamant mask mandates don't work

Dec. 03, 2021 18:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A health department analysis shows Missouri cities that require masks to combat the coronavirus pandemic this year saw fewer infections, but Republican Gov. Mike Parson insisted Thursday that mandates don't work. The analysis was first reported...

Missouri abortion opponents seek more restrictions in 2022

Dec. 03, 2021 13:00 PM EST

Missouri legislators who oppose legal abortion are preparing an aggressive list of bills for the 2022 General Assembly that convenes in January. Proposals include requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion and raising criminal penalties for illegal...

Records: Missouri planned to thank glitch-finding journalist

Dec. 02, 2021 19:59 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just before Missouri Gov. Mike Parson condemned a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter for exposing a state database flaw, records show the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was instead preparing to thank him for finding the glitch. ...

Longtime political consultant gets probation in tax case

Dec. 02, 2021 12:31 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A longtime Missouri Republican political consultant and lobbyist was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation for a federal tax crime. David Barklage was indicted in April for failing to report $443,633 in income from 2012 through 2014. The...

Watchdog files 2nd complaint against Senate hopeful Greitens

Dec. 01, 2021 13:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal elections watchdog group on Wednesday filed another complaint against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, alleging that money from his old gubernatorial campaign was illegally spent on kickstarting his campaign to run for retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's seat. ...

Missouri lawmaker resigns for job as state child advocate

Nov. 30, 2021 18:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker resigned to take over as director of the state's child services watchdog agency, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Wilson and GOP Gov. Mike Parson named...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 30, 2021 07:16 AM EST

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 28, 2021. Editorial: It’s long past time for the Senate ethics panel to address Hawley’s Jan. 6 actions Ten months after a group of Senate Democrats lodged ethics complaints into the conduct of Republican Sens....

Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states

Nov. 29, 2021 17:24 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement. ...

Coronavirus again scuttles trade trip for Missouri governor

Nov. 29, 2021 17:11 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has again nixed Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's plans for an overseas trade trip. Parson's office said Monday that a planned trip to Israel and Greece has been postponed because of coronavirus travel restrictions. That...

Missouri wants to keep outsourcing unemployment call center

Nov. 28, 2021 12:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials want to continue having a private company handle calls about jobless benefits in the state even though the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state Department...