Latest Missouri state government News

US medical team to give COVID-19 help to St. Louis hospital

Jan. 21, 2022 18:32 PM EST

A U.S Navy team of medical specialists is scheduled to arrive in the St. Louis region next week to help a hospital strained by an increase in COVID-19 cases, authorities announced Friday. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office and the St. Louis Metropolitan Task Force said a team of 44...

Missouri Senate candidate ad falsely claims stolen election

Jan. 20, 2022 18:33 PM EST

A Republican congressman running for U.S. Senate in Missouri released a 30-second ad Thursday that falsely claims the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen” from former President Donald Trump. Billy Long, who represents a southwestern Missouri district in the U.S. House, is...

62 Missouri school districts temporarily closed in January

Jan. 20, 2022 15:48 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — So far in January, 62 Missouri school districts have closed for one or more days, largely because of a lack of staff caused by a surge in COVID-19 cases, education officials said Thursday. That number is 12% of districts statewide, said Mallory McGowin,...

Gov. Parson calls for higher teacher pay, child care access

Jan. 19, 2022 23:18 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson in his State of the State address Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars to boost child care services and teacher wages as the state battles the latest COVID-19 surge. Parson asked the GOP-led...

Missouri redistricting plan could upend primary election

Jan. 19, 2022 18:18 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House gave lukewarm approval Wednesday to a plan for redrawing the state's eight congressional districts that left both Democrats and some conservative Republicans unhappy and could upend the state's calendar for holding its primary election. ...

Missouri House rejects bid to bolster GOP congressional map

Jan. 18, 2022 17:53 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House endorsed a congressional redistricting plan Tuesday that is projected to maintain the state's Republican edge but turned back an attempt by some GOP members to more aggressively redraw districts to their advantage. The proposed map for...

COVID task force issues recommendations for small businesses

Jan. 17, 2022 17:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A task force created to consider how to help Missouri's small businesses recover from the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic issued several recommendations on Monday. The Show Me Strong Recovery Task Force, created by Gov. Mike Parson last...

Missouri boarding school doctor says not guilty to 3 charges

Jan. 14, 2022 16:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A doctor charged with 11 felony sex abuse crimes involving children at a Missouri boarding school has pleaded not guilty to three of the charges. Dr. David Smock, a longtime physician at Agape Boarding School, entered the plea Thursday in Greene County...

Body found after fire at homeless encampment under I-70

Jan. 14, 2022 15:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A stretch of Interstate 70 westbound into Kansas City that closed after a fire under a bridge killed a homeless person will likely be closed until Monday, state transportation officials said. The fire was reported around 6 a.m. Thursday under an I-70 bridge...

Ruling raises new questions about remote testimony in court

Jan. 13, 2022 18:02 PM EST

An overturned conviction in Missouri is raising new questions about video testimony in criminal court cases nationwide, and the ruling could have ripple effects through a justice system increasingly reliant on remote technology as it struggles with a backlog of cases during the coronavirus...