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Updated at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 12 with the call for a special legislative session to include COVID-19 liability protection

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday that students and teachers exposed to the coronavirus do not need to quarantine as long as masks were worn.

“Because transmission within our schools appears to be low and masks continue to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus, Missouri is modifying its guidance,” Parson said at his COVID-19 press briefing.

Two days after handily winning a full four-year term as governor, Mike Parson stepped to the podium and made it clear that he doesn’t want to waste the opportunity to fundamentally reshape Missouri.

“I hear everybody say I got a plan, I got a plan, I got a plan,” Parson said. “You know, people are tired of hearing about plans. People want to know if they’re going to deliver on those plans.”

The Missouri House gave final approval Tuesday to a $1.2 billion supplemental budget bill, most of which comes from the federal government.

The legislation gives the governor appropriation authority to ensure the state has access to additional coronavirus relief funds.

Ilhan Omar Reelected To Congress, Muslim Students Association Responds

Nov 10, 2020
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Tuesday night, incumbent Democrat Ilhan Omar was reelected to the US House in the 5th Congressional District in Minnesota. Omar, who was first elected to office in 2018, was one of the first Muslim-American women in Congress.

Muslim Students Association Vice President Jowairia Khalid said representation is important to feeling connected to elected officials and the democratic process. Ilhan Omar being reelected to Congress is a significant step in creating more representation.

“There’s barely been any diversity,” she said. “We need that representation.”

Delaware Elects First Openly Trans Person To A State Senate Seat, Inspires Hope At Southeast

Nov 10, 2020
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Democratic candidate Sarah McBride has been elected as the state senator for District 1 in Delaware, making her the first openly transgender person to be elected to a state senate seat.

McBride is now the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the country and in American history, according to an article by Vox. She was elected with 73.3% of the vote against Republican candidate Steven Washington.