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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2006, file photo, hog carcasses are moved through a series of flame units to burn off hair as they are processed at the Triumph Foods plant in St. Joseph Mo. The city of St. Joseph announced Wednesday, May, 7, 2020, that an employee at a pork plant where hundreds of workers have tested positive for COVID-19 has died of the disease caused by the coronavirus. The man, who had underlying health conditions, worked at Triumph Foods, a city spokeswoman said. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP, File)

Over 50,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week

May. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — More than 50,000 Missourians filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, marking the third straight week the number has dropped, the state labor department said Thursday. A total of 495,392 people have filed unemployment claims since the week that ended March 21, when local...

Coronavirus strikes nearly 80 Missouri nursing homes

May. 2, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus has infected residents in nearly 80 nursing homes and assisted care facilities in Missouri, according to new information released by the state. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday, for the first time, listed information on confirmed cases at...

Nearly 300 workers test positive at Missouri meat plant

May. 1, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 300 workers at a northwestern Missouri pork processing plant have tested positive for the coronavirus, state health officials said Friday. The Triumph Foods plat in St. Joseph is the latest of several meat plants around the country to see huge spikes in confirmed cases of the...

This Monday, April 20, 2020 photo, shows the Tyson Fresh Meats beef processing complex in Dakota City, Neb. Tyson announced in a news release Thursday, April 30, 2020, that it would close the Dakota City plant Friday through Monday to perform a deep cleaning of the facility. State health officials have reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases in the county where the plant is located and the county where Sioux City is located. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP)

Pork producer says it needs flexibility on virus guidelines

Apr. 30, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The world's largest pork producer told a judge in Missouri on Thursday that it was working as quickly as it can to comply with federal guidelines that seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus but that it needs some flexibility in an industry where people typically work side by side....

A person wears a mask while crossing a street past a sign encouraging people to wash their hands in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus Friday, April 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri moving to quickly test workers at packing plants

Apr. 25, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials are hoping that a new testing strategy will help quickly identify people infected with the coronavirus at meatpacking and food plants throughout the state. Outbreaks of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have occurred at several U.S. meatpacking...

St Joseph News-Press to drop 2 days of print edition

Apr. 9, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A drop in advertising revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic has caused the St. Joseph News-Press to drop print editions on two days of the week earlier than planned, newspaper officials said Thursday. The paper will stop its Saturday print edition beginning April 18 and its...

People walk down a street wearing face coverings Monday, April 6, 2020, in St. Louis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Most coronavirus deaths in Missouri involving older people

Apr. 7, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Older people have been far more likely to die worldwide from the coronavirus, and statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services show the state is no exception. The health department on Tuesday reported 53 fatalities from COVID-19, the illness caused by the...

Kansas City-St. Joseph adds priest's name to abuser list

Apr. 6, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese has added a 25th name to its list of clergy credibily accused of sexual abuse of minors. The diocese said on its website Sunday that allegations against the late Rev. Peter Clement Vatter were substantiated by the diocesan ombudsman, the...