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Lindbergh begins offering free meals to every student living in the district starting next week

Lindbergh begins offering free meals to every student living in the district starting next week

September 11, 2020

Starting next week, Lindbergh Schools will begin providing breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students and district residents below age 18, both in and out of school, through the end of the year. This meal service is being made possible by a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which...

Unclear federal guidance stalls pandemic relief spending in Missouri

A 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 Madison McVan and Claire Colby, Missouri Information Corps

June 23, 2020

More than $2 billion in coronavirus response money is floating around Missouri, but it’s currently unclear how and when officials will spend it all. The federal government sent $2.38 billion to Missouri as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed March 27....

Memorial Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks canceled, but cemetery visitors still allowed

Marc Garcia plays the trumpet at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery ceremony. Photo by Bill Milligan.

May 20, 2020

The typical Memorial Day ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery will not happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration announced last week it will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies, rather t...

St. Louis County Small Business Relief Program offers up to $15,000 in COVID-19 grants

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.

May 8, 2020

Editor's note: Several key details of this program have changed since this article was published. Businesses do not have to have been closed during the stay-at-home order in order to apply, but had to have been impacted by coronavirus. Businesses that received money through federal loans or grants alr...

Man accused of throwing dachshund out car window in Jefferson County gets 10 years on gun charge

Flick, a dachshund dog, was found by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy bound with duct tape in a ditch in February 2019. The deputy matched a fingerprint on the duct tape to Paul Garcia, who was charged in the case. Photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

May 7, 2020

A man who was charged with animal abuse in Jefferson County for throwing a dachshund out of his car last year, its muzzle and legs bound with duct tape, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Thursday on an unrelated charge. Paul “Paco” Garcia, 40, of Barnhart, Missouri, appeared Thursday before U...

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 ...

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...

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...

With $175 million in hand, St. Louis County launches coronavirus spending portal

With $175 million in hand, St. Louis County launches coronavirus spending portal

April 23, 2020

St. Louis County now has $175 million in federal stimulus funds for the coronavirus response on hand, and a transparency portal to track all related spending and contracts is now live on the county website. County Executive Sam Page says any spending associated with the county’s response to the COVI...

FDA approves first home test for COVID-19

FDA approves first home test for COVID-19

April 22, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples self-colle...

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