Latest Missouri state government News

More Missouri counties require masks amid virus surge

Nov. 26, 2020 4:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More Missouri counties are adding mask orders as virus cases and hospitalizations surge. Among them is Jefferson County, which approved a mask order on Wednesday, the third county in the region to add coronavirus restrictions in recent days. The move followed a persistent — but so...

Missouri man gets life sentence for 2017 killing

Nov. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Wayne County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2017 killing, the Missouri attorney general's office said Wednesday. Joshua Oldham was convicted in August of first-degree murder in the death of Marshall “Luke” Helm on...

Inmate deaths connected to COVID-19 rise sharply in Missouri

Nov. 24, 2020 12:54 PM EST

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prisons have seen a surge of inmate deaths connected to the coronavirus this month, prompting civil rights leaders to urge additional steps to protect prisoners and staff. Meanwhile, an IT issue is blamed for data on inmate and staff cases and deaths disappearing from the...

Missouri residents worry pig farm will damage public land

Nov. 24, 2020 11:30 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — North of town, near the planned site of a massive hog farming operation, yard signs reading “farms not factories” are staked all over, demonstrating a strong level of opposition to a project that is on track for state approval. A group of Livingston County residents,...

Recent Missouri editorials

Nov. 23, 2020 2:04 PM EST

The Kansas City Star, Nov. 19 It’s in possible violation of voter registration law that Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley is registered to vote at his sister’s home in Ozark, Missouri while actually living full time in his $1.3 million house in northern Virginia. He’s building a big new...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2020 file photo, outgoing Minnesota State Senate President Senate President Jeremy Miller, R-Winona gave Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm a congratulatory elbow bump before Tomassoni addressed the Senate Chamber in St. Paul, Minn.   At least 187 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus and four have died since the pandemic began, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. Twelve Arkansas lawmakers have tested positive for the virus over the past month, the second largest known outbreak in a state legislature. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Nov. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They're also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols. Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool...

Surge in virus cases pushes Missouri county to require masks

Nov. 20, 2020 5:20 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The recent exponential growth of coronavirus cases in Missouri and the threat of overwhelmed hospitals on Thursday finally pushed a suburban and rural county near St. Louis to require face masks. Franklin County's mask order takes effect Friday and expires Dec. 20, Presiding Commissioner...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaks in Lees Summit, Mo. Parson on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, extended Missouri's state of emergency through March as hospitals struggled to keep up with a rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

State of emergency extended as virus hits Missouri hospitals

Nov. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday extended Missouri's state of emergency through March as hospitals struggled to keep up with a rise in coronavirus cases. Although there are sufficient beds for patients, the hospitals don't have enough staff to treat the increasing number of...

Pettis County sheriff's department begins using body cameras

Nov. 19, 2020 11:16 AM EST

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A west-central Missouri sheriff's department that was criticized for not having body cameras after a deputy fatally shot a woman this summer is now equipped with the technology. Pettis County Sheriff's deputies began using 23 body cameras last week, The Sedalia Democrat reported. The...

Study: Mask mandates cut virus' spread in St. Louis

Nov. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mask mandates in St. Louis and St. Louis County slowed the spread of the coronavirus this summer when compared to neighboring counties that didn't require face masks, a Saint Louis University study found. The study compared infections in St. Louis and St. Louis County beginning in July,...