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Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri students and teachers identified as being exposed to a coronavirus case in school may now be permitted to remain in class if they continue to test negative for the virus and properly wear a mask. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its school reopening guidance Friday to include the new […]

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Columbia schools ask judge to dismiss Missouri AG lawsuit seeking to block mask rule

(Missouri Independent) – School districts are not subject to the law Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is using to challenge masks mandates in classrooms, attorneys for Columbia Public Schools wrote in a court filing seeking dismissal of a lawsuit initiated last month. The district also challenges Schmitt’s standing to file the lawsuit, argues that he is […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

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Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against St. Louis County executive over COVID-19 restrictions

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, Dr. Faisal Khan, and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for the arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable application of COVID-19 restrictions in St. Louis County. Specifically, the suit takes issue with the restrictions on religious institutions, masking requirements for […]

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Audio: New White House Coronavirus task force report shows COVID-19 risk is at ‘historic high’

A new White House Coronavirus Task Force report says the COVID-19 risk is at a historic high.     The latest report, dated November 29, says “America is in a dangerous place” due to the current, extremely high COVID-19 baseline and limited hospital capacity. It says a further post-Thanksgiving surge will compromise COVID patient care […]

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Audio: Ameren Missouri warning customers about scammers threatening to disconnect your service

A St. Louis-based utility that serves 64 of Missouri’s 114 counties is warning residents about increasing utility scams, where scammers are posing as Ameren employees and threatening to disconnect your service if you don’t pay them. Ameren Missouri corporate security supervisor Maria Gomez urges you to be vigilant. She says the best way to combat […]

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Trenton R-9 Superintendent reports several staff members under quarantine due to “close contact” with COVID-19 individual

Trenton R-9 Superintendent Mike Stegman says several staff members are under quarantine because they were said to have had “close contact” with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and was recently on the campus in Trenton. Stegman did not reveal the gender of the positive case, nor where contacts were made and there’s no indication […]