Missouri News

Grant Helps Missouri Judges Learn The Science Of COVID-19

Feb 22, 2021

A federally funded grant is helping judges in Missouri and 12 other states learn the science behind the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonprofit National Courts and Sciences Institute regularly teaches judges about emerging issues in science. The $150,000 from the State Justice Institute, a congressionally funded nonprofit meant to improve the quality of state courts, will allow nearly 60 judges to take the 12-month training, followed by six months of follow-up research.

The COVID-19 pandemic threw off a whole lot of political events — including when critical U.S. Census data would be ready, and that delay could push back redistricting and even elections.

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A bipartisan bill passed by the Special Committee on Government Oversight on Wed. Feb. 18, would allow Missourians to keep a portion of overpaid unemployment benefits, that were paid out of federal funds.

Missouri overpaid more than $150 million in unemployment since the start of the pandemic, according to the Missouri Department of Labor Director. An estimated 75 to 80 percent of the overpaid benefits came from federal funds, which Missourians would be able to keep as long as they did not commit fraud.

The National Weather Service of Paducah said the region should brace for another round of wintery weather arriving Wednesday, with accumulation of snow potentially accompanied by freezing rain and sleet. But meteorologists also forecast warmer temperatures are on the horizon beginning this weekend and into the coming weeks. 

Utility companies in Missouri are asking people to conserve energy over the next few days as a winter storm blows through the Midwest.

On Tuesday, the regional electric grid operator warned energy companies that extreme cold weather has led to high electrical demand. It advised asking customers to conserve power.