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Your guide to voting by mail due to COVID-19 risks

Your guide to voting by mail due to COVID-19 risks

By Madison Czopek, Missouri Information Corps

July 1, 2020

Any registered voter in Missouri will be able to cast a vote by mail in the upcoming August and November elections, thanks to legislation Gov. Mike Parson signed June 4. The new law makes it easier for people to vote from home because of COVID-19. But there are some important things Missouri voters need to know about the law and its restrictions. The Missouri Information Corps from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism found answers to some of the questions you might have as you prepare to vote Aug. 4. We spoke to Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis, Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey, the Democratic director of elections at the St. L...

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....

Missouri expands absentee, mail-in voting during coronavirus pandemic

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.

June 6, 2020

For the first time, registered voters in Missouri will be able to request a mail-in ballot for 2020 elections after legislation responding to the coronavirus pandemic was signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson Thursday.  Senate Bill 631, sponsored by Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, was approved by the Missouri Legislature and allows individuals who have contracted COV...

Parson moves up Medicaid expansion vote to August from November election

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

May 27, 2020

Voters will weigh a citizen-led ballot measure on Medicaid expansion in August, after Gov. Mike Parson moved it up from the November election. During Parson’s COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, the governor announced that he is placing Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the Aug. 4 primary election. The group ...

In outrage over Lake of the Ozarks parties, St. Louis County and state ask revelers to quarantine

A screenshot from a video posted on Twitter of the parties at Lake of the Ozarks.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 26, 2020

St. Louis County and the states of Missouri and Kansas have issued travel advisories and quarantine requests for anyone who traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend and did not socially distance. Anyone who had close contact with others without the recommended precautions during ...

Bill would allow some with COVID-19 concerns to vote absentee

Citizens vote at the Sunset Hills Community Center April 2, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Seth Bodine, Missouri News Network

May 10, 2020

A bill endorsed by a Missouri House committee last week would let Missouri residents vote absentee if they are at risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 and the governor has declared a state of emergency. The House Elections and Elected Officials Committee approved the bill on a party line vote o...

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

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 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,...

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...

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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