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No additional state measures for Missouri employees who feel unsafe returning to work

The lawsuit argued that only state health director Dr. Randall Williams, seen here last week with Gov. Mike Parson, had the power to shut down businesses in Missouri.

By Ian McManus, Missouri News Network

May 9, 2020

Gov. Mike Parson said last week that the state will leave safety oversight to individual businesses as they are allowed to reopen. Parson said during a news conference that the state would in many ways revert to normal operations as of May 4, with businesses and other institutions largely responsible ...

St. Louis County is home to COVID-19 vaccine development

Christine Smith, left, a vice president at Pfizer, details the production and trials that will be happening at Pfizer's Chesterfield, Missouri facility, alongside Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

By Claire Colby, Missouri News Network

May 9, 2020

A Pfizer facility in Chesterfield is working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. “In a short order of time, we worked closely with regulatory authorities and accelerated what typically would have taken months into weeks and weeks into a matter of days in order to rapidly and safely enter the clinic,...

Not every St. Louis County business will be allowed to reopen May 18

Curbside pickup was open at Helen Fitzgerald's in Sunset Hills March 18.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 8, 2020

St. Louis County will start to reopen after the coronavirus shutdown as soon as May 18, but not every business will be part of that reopening process. And those that are will look very different. That was the message delivered by County Executive Sam Page in his briefing Friday. Page had already previ...

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is being produced and tested in St. Louis County lab

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is being produced and tested in St. Louis County lab

May 7, 2020

Pfizer is ramping up production in hopes of producing a vaccine for the coronavirus within months, the company announced this week. And the vaccine will be produced and tested in St. Louis County. During Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s COVID-19 briefing Thursday, he was joined by Christine Smith, head of th...

Businesses reopen as unemployment numbers climb

Businesses reopen as unemployment numbers climb

By Jordan Meier and Vivian Kolks, Missouri News Network

May 7, 2020

COVID-19 has left a historic number of Missourians unemployed and seeking to collect compensation. As more people need help, the news has been filled with stories of overwhelmed phone lines, unanswered claims and stressed Missourians. As many businesses prepared to reopen this week, state officials discussed ...

Effort to send Clean Missouri back to voters one step from final approval

Gov. Mike Parson signs HB 397 and hands the signed bill to the daughter of Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman.  Also pictured is Sen. Jeanie Riddle.

By Ashlyn O'Hara, Missouri News Network

May 6, 2020

A new version of Clean Missouri is steps away from reappearing on November’s ballot following a committee vote in favor last week The proposal — Senate Joint Resolution 38 — sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, would alter changes made to the Missouri Constitution by voters during the November 2018 election, including revisions to the redistricting process in Missouri. The original Clean Missouri constitutional amendment passed by 62% statewide and empowered a nonpartisan state demographer to oversee redistricting. It also put in strict limits on lobbyist gifts and lowered some campaign contributions for state lawmakers, among other things. The proposed changes would remove the state demographer...

Missouri CARES Act Funding Group discusses small business relief and funding for counties

Feed My People volunteer Denise Huber follows COVID-19 safety precautions as she prepares and delivers grocery and personal care items provided by the nonprofit Feed My People at its facility in Lemay, Mo. It also operates a food pantry in High Ridge, Mo.

By Jordan Meier, Missouri News Network

May 6, 2020

Missouri counties will receive $521 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. That money should be distributed to entities within the county, state Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick said. St. Louis County received its $173.5 million from the federal government April 29. F...

St. Louis County stay-at-home order will end ‘gradually’ starting May 18; masks required

The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis distributed food and other items to 2,500 families Saturday, May 2, at the former Jamestown Mall, assisted by County Executive Sam Page in a mask, left.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

St. Louis County could start to end its stay-at-home order Monday, May 18, but the new freedom will come with restrictions: Employees and customers will be required to socially distance and wear face masks in public. “Be prepared to wear a mask, be prepared to stay 6 feet apart,” County Executi...

Business owners sue St. Louis County, city so that businesses can reopen

Some businesses were forced to close by St. Louis County's March 21 stay-at-home order, but others like the Macy's at South County Center, seen above during the stay-at-home order, voluntarily closed before that.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 6, 2020

Business owners from St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the stay-at-home orders that are forcing “nonessential” businesses to stay closed until at least mid-May due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Allan Finnegan of...

Large state office buildings reopen today

Gov. Mike Parson gets his flu shot in October 2019.

By Ashlyn O'Hara, Missouri News Network

May 4, 2020

Some major state office buildings reopened to the public Monday under the first phase of Gov. Mike Parson’s “Show me Strong Recovery” Plan, said Sarah Steelman, commissioner of the Missouri Office of Administration. Major state office buildings are defined as those with 300 or more staff.  The...

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