Missouri News

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday he will use $125 million in federal funding for job training and to assist public universities in the fall. 

The money, which was distributed from the federal government to help states deal with the coronavirus pandemic, comes with restrictions on how it can be used. 

Colleges and universities will collect $80 million to help them prepare for students and faculty returning next month. Higher Education Commissioner Zora Mulligan said the money will be used for a variety of purposes to make public spaces safe. 

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants to be sure that Missouri voters know their options for casting ballots in the August General Primary Election and in the November General Election.

He’s touring the state talking about new options for absentee and mail-in voting, and Tuesday he stopped in Springfield.

The Missouri Legislature passed Senate Bill 631 on the last day of the session.  It allows a Missouri citizen to vote by absentee ballot without a notary if:

A new report by a nonprofit group of retired admirals and generals shows that lack of access to quality and affordable child care in Missouri is limiting military service and could ultimately affect national security. 

Mission: Readiness is a bipartisan organization whose goal is keeping kids in school, fit and out of trouble. Its report shows that 71% of Missourians age 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve in the military due to educational shortcomings, criminal history, drug use or obesity, according to Department of Defense data.

“The best way to address these disqualifiers is to start early,” said retired Brig. Gen. Daryl McCall. “There is scientific consensus that brain development from birth to age 5 sets the foundation for a child’s future success.” 

Missouri school districts that blend in-person and remote learning because of the pandemic won’t face funding penalties related to attendance.

The State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing how schools that opt for hybrid instruction models will be paid during the 2020-21 school year. The emergency rules pave the way for districts to release their plans for reopening schools.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in the Belleville News-Democrat.

The St. Louis Zoo’s 23-year-old Asian elephant has given birth to a male calf — only the second ever male elephant born in the zoo.

In a news release, the zoo said the baby was born at 1:55 p.m. on Monday. Both the baby and his mother, Rani, were doing well on Monday evening. The baby has not been named yet.