Coronavirus

Missouri partners with Washington University for roll out of new COVID-19 saliva tests

The state of Missouri is working with Washington University in St. Louis to offer its new COVID-19 saliva test statewide soon. Officials reportedly hope to launch the tests later this month or in October. During a press conference in St. Louis, Missouri Economic Development Department Director Rob Dixon says the state is working alongside the […]

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Missouri Senate committee begins work on violent crimefighting package

A Missouri Senate committee is reviewing a plan that aims to help reduce the state’s violent crime rate. Sen. Doug Libla, the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee chairman is sponsoring the bill the Legislature is tasked with passing during the special session underway. In Kansas City, at least 107 people have been murdered so […]

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Key health committee senators urge making COVID-19 antibodies test free for everyone

Senators Roy Blunt and Lamar Alexander, chairmen of the two Senate committees responsible for health policy and spending said, “Health professionals agree that Americans who have had the disease are almost certainly immune for a time and can go back to work and back to school without contracting the disease again or exposing others. Free […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Audio: A Senate committee to hear testimony on a proposed prescription drug monitoring program

A Missouri Senate committee is scheduled to hear testimony today about a proposed statewide prescription drug monitoring program.     Senator Tony Leutkemeyer has proposed the Narcotics Control Act which will create a statewide database that requires healthcare providers to keep a record of any controlled substance they dispense, and who they dispense it to. […]

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Audio: Missouri lawyer says federal background check system used for firearms sales is faulty

A southwest Missouri trial lawyer says the federal background check system used for firearms sales is faulty. During a Monday hearing before an interim Missouri Senate committee studying the state’s gun violence problem, Craig Heidemann of Springfield, says Missouri is not providing mental health information to the database, to keep guns away from unstable people. […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson requests Army Corps of Engineers manage Missouri River for flood control, navigation

Governor Mike Parson has submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The committee field hearing in Glenwood, Iowa, will focus on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers river management following devastating flooding in the region. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will participate. Witnesses will include officials from the Army Corps as well […]

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Audio: Northwest Missouri state lawmaker optimistic about Sliced Bread Day Legislation

Legislation designating July 7th of each year as “Missouri Sliced Bread Day” is heading to a State Senate committee in Jefferson City. Chillicothe State Representative Rusty Black’s bill encourages you to participate in events to commemorate the first sale of sliced bread, which happened in 1928 in northwest Missouri’s Chillicothe.     The House has […]

Audio: Missouri Senate committee approves pornography proposal

The Missouri Senate could soon discuss a southwest Missouri Senator’s proposal about pornography.     State Senator Ed Emery says reports show 11 and 12-year-olds are viewing pornography because the content is easily accessible and heavily advertised. His bipartisan resolution that has been voted out of a Senate committee would acknowledge the sexual content as […]

Audio: Missouri Senator proposes bill that aims to keep kids away from porn sites

A state Senate committee is considering legislation that aims to keep kids away from pornographic websites.  Alisa Nelson with Missourinet files this reports.     Some internet company representatives say such a law could be an additional cost to customers. Under the measure, internet companies that purposely fail to block the content or are made […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Missouri Senate committee considers charging sales tax for some online purchases

A Missouri Senate committee is considering whether the state should be charging a 6.5-percent sales tax on out-of-state internet purchases. Missouri School Boards Association spokesman Brent Ghan says the tax could bring in additional money for the state.     Ghan hopes lawmakers would not use the additional revenue to give tax cuts.     […]