Planned Parenthood

Missouri panel grants abortion license renewal request for St. Louis Planned Parenthood

A state judge has ruled today the St. Louis Planned Parenthood meets requirements to get its abortion license renewed. The State Administrative Hearing Commission’s decision is a major blow to Gov. Mike Parson’s administration attempting to shut down the only abortion clinic in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health denied the clinic license one year […]

Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Missouri Chamber calls on governor to deal with ‘opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits’

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants Gov. Mike Parson to call a special session to put an end to “opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits”. In a press release, the Chamber says coronavirus liability is an emerging problem in Missouri involving those who believe they might have contracted the virus at a business and wants to […]

O'Neal Steel Website

O’Neal Steel to open 64,000 square foot facility in St. Joseph

Next month, a new metal distribution center will open in northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph. During today’s press conference, Gov. Mike Parson says O’Neal Steel is opening the 64,000 square feet site on June 1 that will support several industries statewide. “O’Neal Steel is part of the U.S. States’ largest family-owned network of metal service centers […]

Missouri Income Tax Form

Audio: Missouri Department of Revenue Director Ken Zellers says “no tax return backlog this year”

The state has received and completed about 2.5 million individual income tax returns. Missouri Department of Revenue Director Ken Zellers says the figure represents a roughly 358,000 decline compared to this time last year.     “I expect it to stay pretty steady. I do not expect a backlog,” says Zellers. “Every year, we process […]

Walter Barton Executed

Walter Barton executed for 1991 murder of southwest Missouri woman; pronounced dead at 6:10 pm

At 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, convicted murderer Walter Barton, 64, was pronounced dead at the state prison in southeast Missouri’s Bonne Terre. Barton was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1991 brutal stabbing death of 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler of southwest Missouri’s Ozark. His death makes Missouri the first state in the nation […]

Medical Marijuana

Audio: Missouri Legislature adopts medical marijuana changes

The Missouri Legislature has passed changes to the state’s new medical marijuana industry. The FBI informed the state health department, which licenses and regulates the medical marijuana industry, that the department will not have access to its national fingerprint background check database. Representative Lane Roberts, R-Joplin, says his legislation would clear up that problem. “Because […]

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500K Missourians file for unemployment since mid-March

State unemployment figures out today show 52,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week – bringing the overall total since mid-March to more than half a million people requesting jobless aid. Last week’s figure represents a small dip from the previous week but it’s still a massive shift in Missouri unemployment numbers. Before the coronavirus fallout, […]

MIssouri State Board of Education

Missouri Board of Education discusses classes next fall, students dodging school work

A new state statute requires Missouri’s K-12 districts to start the school year no earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September unless the State Board of Education waives the requirement. Board members are discussing whether to waive the requirement and give districts the option of starting the school earlier this […]

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More than 101,000 Missourians file for unemployment last week

Missouri’s latest unemployment figures have taken another jump. More than 101,000 Missourians filed a jobless claim last week – an increase of roughly 10,000 over the previous week. Since the coronavirus started hitting the state’s economy in mid-March, over 339,000 people have requested unemployment aid. That’s more than all of 2019 jobless figures of 183,000. […]

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91,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week

The latest state information shows more than 91,000 Missourians filed for unemployment last week. During the last three weeks of state unemployment records, more than 237,000 Missourians have filed jobless claims. That’s more than all of 2019 when about 183,000 claims were filed. Before the coronavirus pandemic began taking its toll on Missouri, the state’s […]