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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...

2 pedestrians fatally hit by separate autos in Springfield

Jun. 30, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two pedestrians were fatally hit by separate vehicles at the same spot around the same time Tuesday morning in southwestern Missouri. Police said the incidents happened on the Chestnut Expressway in Springfield, killing a 48-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman. Investigators...

Cities consider requiring face masks as virus cases surge

Jun. 25, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — As coronavirus cases increase across Missouri, city officials are wrestling with how to slow that rise when many residents are resistant to more government restrictions. In southwest Missouri, where some counties have become hot spots for the virus since Gov. Mike Parson allowed the...

Injured officer sues man who ran over him in Springfield

Jun. 20, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield police officer is suing the man who is charged with crashing a sport utility vehicle into him. Officer Mark Priebe, who sustained rib fractures and a spinal cord injury, filed the personal injury lawsuit Tuesday against 28-year-old Jon Tyler Routh, the Springfield...

Fake doctor signed 600 patients' medical pot paperwork

Jun. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — About 600 patients seeking authorization to purchase medical marijuana in Missouri had their paperwork signed by a fake doctor, officials say. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said in a news release that there is no evidence to indicate the affected patients...

Springfield police investigating deaths as murder-suicide

Jun. 18, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in southwestern Missouri are investigating the shooting deaths of a Springfield couple as a murder-suicide. Officers were sent to a home Tuesday night to check on the welfare of a woman found Krista McKinnon, 24, and and her husband, 27-year-old Andre McKinnon, shot to death...

Missouri State offers scholarship to help former students

Jun. 13, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University is offering a new scholarship to help former students complete their degrees. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Return to Finish scholarship is now available to help eligible students with at least 90 credit hours. The scholarship offers up to...

Man charged with running over Springfield police officer

Jun. 10, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who allegedly ran over a Springfield police officer before he was shot by another officer told police at the scene “You guys knew you had this coming,” according to court documents. Jon Routh, 28, who was homeless, was charged Wednesday with assaulting a special...

Pope names St Louis archbishop to replace retiring Carlson

Jun. 10, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newly-appointed head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis vowed Wednesday to be an agent of healing, as the region and the nation continue to react to the death of George Floyd and the threat of the coronavirus. The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis had appointed Springfield,...

Erin Shaw, left, and Brittany Schanzbach stand near crashing waves near the seawall of Lake Pontchartrain from a storm surge in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Remnants of Cristobal move into Midwest after lashing South

Jun. 9, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal moved across parts of the Midwest on Tuesday after lashing the South, unleashing downpours and bringing gusty winds as more high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms were forecast. Heavy rain hit Missouri on Tuesday morning and Cristobal was...