Missouri News

Five organizations advocating for voting rights are suing Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft over how absentee and mail-in ballots are handled.

The Organization for Black Struggle, Missouri Faith Voices, the St. Louis and Greater Kansas City chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis section joined as plaintiffs on the lawsuit.

Updated Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Even as they offered condolences to the family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Missouri and Kansas Republicans vowed over the weekend to push forward on filling the high court vacancy.

Just a day after her death, President Trump on Saturday urged Senate Republicans to move “without delay” to replace Ginsberg and it appeared that he could nominate a successor as early as next week.

Lindenwood University has reported more students with COVID-19 than any other university in the St. Louis region this week.

In a surprising move, the Missouri House abruptly ended the special legislative session on violent crime, failing to consider several proposals from Gov. Mike Parson after passing two others.

“I am as shocked as you all are, probably, about what just happened regarding this special session,” said Minority Leader Crystal Quade in a press conference right after lawmakers gaveled out Wednesday.

Quade, D-Springfield, said it’s shocking that, despite Republican supermajorities in both chambers, Parson got “very little” completed in the special session.

The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is looking for disaster relief volunteers.

The organization’s executive director, Stacy Burks, said they need volunteers willing to travel to areas of the U.S. that are being impacted by storms.

"We're looking for volunteers who are willing to step up and help folks who are still fighting to recover from Hurricane Laura as well as looking to the Gulf and Hurricane Sally," said Burks.

Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall in Louisiana late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.