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Ameren purchases wind farm in northeastern Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri said Wednesday that it bought its first wind farm and plans to make a "transformational advancement" into renewable energy. The subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. said it closed on its acquisition of...

 

Hospital ICUs filling up quickly across Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce. Data released by the state on Wednesday...

 

COVID-19 records: St. Louis hospitalizations, KC deaths

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The new surge of the coronavirus was evident in Missouri on Thursday, with record hospitalizations in St. Louis and Columbia, and the Kansas City metropolitan area experiencing its worst month ever for COVID-19 deaths. The St....

 

Hospitalization data flawed in Missouri, perhaps elsewhere

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the...

 

St. Louis couple who waved guns at protest plead not guilty

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple celebrated in some circles and vilified in others for waving guns at protesters marching on their private street pleaded not guilty to two felony charges at a brief hearing Wednesday. Mark and Patricia...

 

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested posi...

 

Teacher deaths raise alarms as new school year begins

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Teachers in at least three states have died after bouts with the coronavirus since the dawn of the new school year, and a teachers' union leader worries that the return to in-person classes will have a deadly impact across the...

 

Kansas girl's killer 5th federal inmate executed this year

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas girl's killer Friday became the fifth federal inmate put to death this year, an execution that went forward only after a higher court tossed a ruling that would have required the government to get a prescription...

 

Change laws that shield police, Missouri prosecutor says

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — After a third review failed to uncover enough evidence to charge the officer who fatally shot Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some prosecutors and civil rights leaders agree it's time to focus on changing...

 

Facing uncertain fall, schools make flexible reopening plans

MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Administrators in the Parkway school district in suburban St. Louis spent the summer break crafting a flexible reopening plan, with options that include full-time classroom learning, full-time online instruction and a hybrid...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    July 19, 2020

St. Louis couple charged for pulling guns at protest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' top prosecutor told The Associated Press on Monday that she is charging a white husband and wife with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during a racial injustice protest outside their mansion. Circuit...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 19, 2020

St. Louis Juneteenth march begins where slave case was heard

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A march Friday commemorating Juneteenth in St. Louis began at the most appropriate of places —- the Old Courthouse where Dred Scott's case played out, a legal setback that galvanized efforts to free the slaves. A mixed-race...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 29, 2020

Missouri reports big increases in coronavirus cases, deaths

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Friday cited 31 additional coronavirus deaths, among the highest one-day increases reported since the pandemic began. The website for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services showed...

 

Lake of the Ozarks business owner defends actions

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a business that hosted crowded pool parties over the Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks says no laws were broken and safety measures were in place to protect against the spread of the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    May 7, 2020

Judge dismisses Missouri lawsuit over meat worker safety

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of employees at a rural Missouri meatpacking facility, ruling that oversight of how the plant adheres to guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus falls to the...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 29, 2020

Kansas City, St. Louis County town move up reopening dates

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's largest city will reopen with significant restrictions next week, as jurisdictions in the state's two urban areas begin to move away from stay-at-home orders that sought to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Kansas...

 

Kansas church dispute pits health, constitutional concerns

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus faceoff over church services in Kansas just days before Easter weekend has put the state's Republican-led Legislature at odds with its Democratic governor. Though the Republican lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly...

 

Parson issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb virus

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, meaning Missouri has joined about 40 other states already requiring residents to avoid going out except for essential purposes. The Republican governor's order...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 1, 2020

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high w...

 

Missouri governor mobilizes National Guard for virus fight

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state's National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to re...

 

Kansas issues new quarantine mandates, bars new evictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas issued strict quarantine mandates Wednesday for people who have traveled or had close contact with those with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, part of an effort to limit its local spread. But that local spread was...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    March 8, 2020

Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 20-something college student didn't know she had the new coronavirus as she flew home from a study abroad program in Italy, landing at one of the nation's busiest airports. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by...

 

KC fans under closer scrutiny for chants, 'tomahawk chops'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While other sports teams using Native American nicknames and imagery have faced decades of protests and boycotts, the Kansas City Chiefs have largely slid under the radar. Until now. The Chiefs will appear in their first...

 

Doctor at Missouri abortion clinic defends patient care

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The top doctor at Missouri's sole abortion clinic on Wednesday defended its handling of four patients who faced complications — women whose care has been cited by the state as it seeks to revoke the clinic's license. The...

 

Mayor wants better system than hand-operated tornado siren

With a tornado bearing down on the small Missouri town of Sparta, the lone warning siren stayed silent because a downed tree kept the mayor from getting downtown to flip the switch that activates it. Most tornado sirens are activated remotely by...

 

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