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Governor supports Legislature’s decision to reconvene at Capitol

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

By Madison Czopek, Missouri News Network

April 18, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he supports legislators’ decision to return to the Capitol on April 27, which was announced Monday by Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia. “I’m glad they’re coming back,” Parson said at his daily briefing Tuesday. “I think they’re essential; I think everybody shou...

League of Women Voters, NAACP file lawsuit to expand absentee voting during coronavirus

Voters check in to cast their ballots at the Sunset Hills Community Center during the April 2019 election.

April 17, 2020

The Missouri chapters of the League of Women Voters and the NAACP joined together to file a lawsuit Friday hoping to expand absentee voting in the state due to the coronavirus outbreak. Most states allow any voter to vote absentee if they want, but Missouri law only allows absentee voting for limited r...

Missouri education officials examine how, when to restart school

Students arrive at Oakville Middle School on the first day of school last year.

By Claire Colby, Missouri News Network

April 17, 2020

In-person instruction in Missouri schools is canceled for the remainder of the school year, and attention has turned to how and when school buildings may eventually be reopened. Much of Gov. Mike Parson’s Wednesday briefing centered on education. Missouri schools will receive $208 million from t...

Governor extends stay-at-home order through May 3, while looking to lift restrictions

Gov. Mike Parson announces the extension of his statewide stay-at-home order Thursday.

April 16, 2020

Gov. Mike Parson extended his statewide stay-at-home order Thursday through May 3, while announcing the state’s initial framework to help Missouri “safely and gradually” move into the recovery phase of COVID-19. “We are seeing very early signs in the data leading us to be cautiously optimist...

Parson talks about reopening state as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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

By Claire Colby and Madison Czopek, Missouri News Network

April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson is turning his sights on reopening the economy — even as St. Louis officials said they will wait at least a month before reopening. "We got to get people back to work," the governor said in Wednesday’s press briefing. "We got to get the ec...

St. Louis County stay-at-home order extended indefinitely, for at least another month

St. Louis County stay-at-home order extended indefinitely, for at least another month

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 16, 2020

St. Louis County and St. Louis city's stay-at-home orders have been extended indefinitely, at least through mid-May. And the announcements came through Twitter. County Executive Sam Page tweeted Thursday, “Our stay-at-home order will be extended for now and I will revisit it in mid-May. We have made ...

Coronavirus cases in St. Louis metro could peak next week, hit 70,000 by April 30

The pandemic task force released this slide with its current projection for total cases in the St. Louis metro area by the end of April.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 16, 2020

The St. Louis metropolitan area has kept total numbers of coronavirus cases below initial projections, but stay-at-home orders and social distancing are needed for at least another month, the head of the regional pandemic task force said Wednesday. The 15-county area in Missouri and Illinois covere...

Missouri begins issuing $600 extra federal unemployment payments

Missouri begins issuing $600 extra federal unemployment payments

April 15, 2020

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations began issuing $600 extra payments Monday to people who have filed for unemployment due to the coronavirus outbreak, with a total of $66 million in benefits paid out to over 115,000 claimants. Eligible claimants should begin seeing their...

St. Louis County Council Republicans call on Page to reopen parks

Bicyclists enjoying the paved path at the new Cliff Cave Trail in 2018. Bikers also have the option of an unpaved trail.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 13, 2020

The St. Louis County Council’s Republicans are calling on County Executive Sam Page to reopen county parks. Initially, parks and outdoor exercise were allowed under Page’s stay-at-home order issued March 21 to combat the coronavirus. That order expires April 22. But Page, a Democrat, ordered the parks closed April 3 ...

St. Louis stay-at-home order could be extended into May, officials say

St. Louis Public Library Director Waller McGuire speaks at a Jan. 7 press conference announcing a

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

April 13, 2020

The stay-at-home order in effect through next week in St. Louis County and St. Louis city is likely to be extended into May, the county executive and mayor both said Monday. Statewide and countywide executive orders currently mandate that people stay home and any non-essential businesses remain closed through April 25 to prevent the sprea...

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