Latest Missouri state government News

Missouri governor signs bill to increase prison sentences

Jul. 6, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced he's signing a contested bill that will ramp up penalties for gun crimes, second-degree murder and gang crimes. It also would create the crime of vehicle hijacking, which now can be prosecuted as robbery. The measure is the only bill the...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

Kansas City Star, July 5 We all join Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in his heartbreak and disgust over the violence that’s so out of control that three kids were killed here last week. One of them, a 4-year-old who had survived heart surgery, was shot in his own big-boy bed, during a driveby shooting. Two...

Prison outbreak leads to virus surge in St. Francois County

Jul. 3, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri county has seen a big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and most of those infected are prison inmates. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday reported 547 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus,...

Missouri jurisdictions divided on requiring face coverings

Jul. 2, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of Missouri’s largest metropolitan areas are now requiring face coverings in response to the surge in confirmed coronavirus cases, but many other places across the state are leaving it up to individuals to decide. Kansas City and Jackson County began requiring face...

Missouri governor signs bill to limit lawsuits

Jul. 1, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a bill that's part of a business-backed effort to rein in lawsuits against businesses in the state. The law deals with lawsuits seeking money for injuries or other harm caused by businesses' products or actions. In liability...

Kansas City mayor slams GOP depiction of 'defund police'

Jul. 1, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's mayor slammed the Missouri Republican Party for telling what he described as a “bald-face lie” by connecting the push for local control of the city's police department with national calls to defund police. Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean...

Missouri's coronavirus death toll passes the 1,000 mark

Jun. 30, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri reached a grim new milestone in its battle with the coronavirus on Tuesday, surpassing 1,000 deaths amid a resurgence of the disease that has seen cases skyrocket in recent weeks. “That’s 1,000 people that lost their lives due to COVID-19,” Gov. Mike...

Missouri governor cuts $450M from new budget

Jun. 30, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget as revenues continue to tank because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parson signed the budget for the fiscal year beginning Wednesday while also immediately slashing close to $450 million from...

Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution when they tried to end all government funding of Planned Parenthood. The 6-1 ruling scraps a provision in a state budget law forbidding Medicaid reimbursements to any Planned Parenthood clinic,...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jun. 30, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, June 28 An exchange this past week between Gov. Mike Parson and a reporter over the coronavirus has highlighted the divide between liberals and conservatives over the role of governing. “Do you feel any personal responsibility for the people who have been infected and...