11 Governors' Races Are On the Ballot. Here Are the Ones to Watch.

Only a couple of the races are considered highly contested this year, with a toss-up in Montana and a competitive race in Missouri between a GOP incumbent and a Democratic challenger.

Cities Giving Paid Leave to Employees to Work the Polls

Facing shortages of poll workers, some city officials are allowing employees to volunteer as election workers in exchange for paid leave.

St. Louis Police Will No Longer Have to Reside Within City Limits

By temporarily doing away with the city’s residency requirement for first responders, St. Louis officials hope it will become easier to recruit and hire officers to fill current vacancies.

In Missouri, a Rift Over Local Murder Prosecutions

Missouri’s governor wants the state attorney general to take over prosecutions for uncharged homicides in St. Louis.

Missouri Voters Back Medicaid Expansion

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Missourians to Vote on Medicaid Expansion as Crisis Leaves Millions Without Insurance

As a result of the unemployment crisis, millions of people lost access to their private health insurance plans at a time when they might need it most.

California Child Care Providers Struggling, With Some on the Financial Brink

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Missouri AG intervenes in local gun case … New York Assembly passes bill to protect undocumented immigrants … Shooting in Chicago leaves 15 wounded.

State Fairs Are the Latest Casualty of Covid-19

At least 15 states have canceled their annual fairs due to public health concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while others are moving ahead with modified, pared-down events.

At Lake Of The Ozarks, It’s (Almost) Business As Usual, Despite The Coronavirus

“Hardly anyone wears masks here. People are sort of like, here, it’s a vacation resort, and they don’t have to worry about it.”

Bruises from Coronavirus Begin to Show on State Budgets

Recent days have seen spending reductions and downbeat revenue forecasts.

Where in the World is Kansas City?

President Trump’s congratulatory message for the Kansas City Chiefs included a common mistake.

Proposed Missouri Bill Targeting Children’s Books Could Land Librarians in Jail

A bill proposing parental review boards to identify “inappropriate” sexual material in children’s books would impose hefty fines—or even jail time—on librarians who don’t comply with their decisions.

State Can’t Ban Ads for Discount Booze, Appeals Court Rules

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Missouri restrictions on alcohol advertising violated the First Amendment.

Kansas City Sues Gunmaker and Others Over Alleged Firearm Trafficking

The lawsuit by the Missouri city is the first one a municipality has filed against the gun industry in over 10 years, officials say.

The Disproportionate Effects of Air Pollution

Residents of poor and segregated neighborhoods around St. Louis had heightened risk of cancer due to increased exposure to air pollutants, including car emissions, researchers found.

Kansas City Votes to Remove Martin Luther King Jr’s Name from Historic Street

Residents voted overwhelmingly to restore MLK Jr. Boulevard back to its original name, The Paseo.

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

State borders can highlight Medicaid’s arbitrary coverage.

States With the Most Cost-Efficient Highways

The Reason Foundation’s annual highway report gives high marks to North Dakota, Virginia and Missouri for good road conditions and low spending on highway and bridge maintenance.

The Drop in Drug Overdose Deaths Missed Some States

The number of fatal drug overdoses dipped by 5% in the United States last year, but in Missouri deaths increased 16 percent. Experts blame the uptick in deaths on the influx of fentanyl sold in the state.

A State Proposal to Cremate Bodies the Jedi Way

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize open-air human cremation, similar to Darth Vader's funeral.

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