State and Regional News

K-12 teachers could receive $500 tax deductions

ALLISON MARIE SAWYER, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — K-12 teachers could receive up to $500 in tax deductions under proposed legislation addressed by House lawmakers this week.
Rep. Ann Kelley, R-Lamar, said House Bill 314 would reimburse teachers for any expenses related to educational purposes.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Missouri, but a ban will remain in state statutes

BY RACHEL BEHRNDT, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY – Every year, state lawmakers pass legislation to remove language from Missouri statutes that is defunct or moot.
This year, discussion centered around wording that wasn’t being removed, rather than what was.

House approves new school choice bill

MARK OSSOLINSKI, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — For the second time in a month, the Missouri House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill Thursday aimed at expanding school choice in the state.

Governor applauds vaccination efforts as Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Plan opens

As Phase 2 of Missouri's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan opens today, extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to approximately 880,000 Missourians, Governor Mike Parson applauds the continued efforts of state-supported vaccination teams and other community vaccine providers across the state.

Senate rejects local health order restrictions after marathon session

BY RACHEL SCHNELLE, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — After nearly eight hours of debate, legislation to limit local public health departments’ emergency orders was shot down by a bipartisan effort in the state Senate on Thursday.