The Center Square Missouri: Voluntary participation questioned as Missouri law creates local government spending database

The Center Square Missouri: Voluntary participation questioned as Missouri law creates local government spending database. “Legislation creating a database to track every penny spent by counties and municipalities was overwhelmingly approved and signed into law in June by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. However, participation – sending financial information for posting on a state website – is voluntary.”

Joplin Globe: Joplin couple buys Supertam, the Route 66 attraction in Carterville

Joplin Globe: Joplin couple buys Supertam, the Route 66 attraction in Carterville. “One of Missouri’s popular Route 66 attractions — a small museum dedicated to Superman but that also sells red, yellow and blue ice cream — will soon be reopened under new ownership. Chris and Andrea Briley, of Joplin, recently purchased Supertam on 66 from Larry and Barbara Tamminen, after the latter couple closed the business on May 8.”

KSMU: Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Seeking To End Mask Mandates For Schools

KSMU: Missouri Attorney General Files Suit Seeking To End Mask Mandates For Schools. “Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a reverse class-action lawsuit against school districts that have implemented mask mandates. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is specifically against the Columbia Public School District but also against others that are ‘similarly situated.’ It calls mask mandates for school districts unreasonable and arbitrary.”

NBC News: What Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testingWhat Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testing

NBC News: What Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testing. “The spread of the delta variant has mired communities in emotional fights about how to safely send children — most of whom are unvaccinated — back to classrooms, particularly in states like Missouri, which has been bedeviled by a high aversion to mask mandates and low vaccination rates. As classes begin, once again schools must weigh testing and other strategies to limit Covid-19’s spread — potentially without a deep supply of test kits available.”

NBC News: St. Louis requires masks for everyone amid rising Covid-19 cases

NBC News: St. Louis requires masks for everyone amid rising Covid-19 cases. “The St. Louis area is bringing back a mask mandate for all as the number of Covid-19 cases in Missouri continue to rise amid a more-transmissible variant, officials said. Both the city and county of St. Louis will require masks to be worn by the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike in indoor public places starting Monday, the mayor’s office said.”

ProPublica: GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot

ProPublica: GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot. “Just as with his insistence that he won the election, former president Donald Trump’s attitudes about COVID-19 hold great sway with his supporters. Trump routinely bashed Fauci and infectious disease experts throughout the pandemic and questioned the severity of the coronavirus. He also strongly carried Missouri’s southwest corner in the November election. While Trump beat Joe Biden by 15.4 percentage points statewide, in rural Taney County, the margin was 57.8 points.”