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  • Government tells Planned Parenthood to return $80 million it stole from COVID-19 relief

    05/28/2020 4:13:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Live Action News ^ | May 20, 2020 | Laura Nicole |
    According to a Fox News report, $80 million in stimulus funds intended to help small businesses struggling through coronavirus economic hardship have gone instead to Planned Parenthood, the multi-billion dollar abortion business. Under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Congress allocated $349 billion in federal funds to provide assistance to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. According to the Department of the Treasury, funds may be used to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits” as well as “interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.” In August 2019, Planned Parenthood rejected Title X federal funding after...
  • Lawsuit in Missouri Against Academy Sports for Selling Ammunition

    05/25/2020 6:20:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 23 May, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    On 1 May, 2020, Attorney Craig Heidemann filed a lawsuit against Academy Sports, contending they contributed to the unlawful death of Aaron “Josh” Hampton, who was one of the roommates of Luis Perez. Perez is an illegal immigrant accused of murdering three people including Hampton, another “roommate” and a woman, Sabrina Starr. Starr is said to have supplied Perez with the gun, while another woman, Nyadia Burden, is accused of purchasing the ammunition for Perez. From AP via The lawsuit alleges a worker at Academy Sports in Springfield should have realized the woman who bought the bullets, Nyadia Burden,...
  • Second Missouri Hairstylist Tests Positive for Virus, 147 People Exposed: Officials

    05/24/2020 8:40:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/24/2020 | Jack Phillips
    Two hairstylists at the same salon in Springfield, Missouri, potentially directly exposed around 147 people to the CCP virus after working with clients while displaying symptoms of COVID-19, officials said. The Springfield-Greene Health Department announced Saturday that a second worker at Great Clips tested positive for the virus. That stylist, who was not named, potentially exposed 56 people to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus while working between May 16 to May 20, said the local health agency. She was “experiencing very mild symptoms but potentially infectious,” officials said. “At this time, this is the only other positive result we...
  • Chuck Graham, former Columbia state legislator and disabilities advocate, dies

    05/20/2020 2:22:42 PM PDT · by gopno1 · 2 replies
    ABC 17 KMIZ News ^ | 05/20/2020 | Lucas Geisler
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Chuck Graham, a former state representative and senator from Columbia, passed away overnight on Monday. Graham's wife, Kate Graham, said on Facebook that the former legislator and advocate for people with disabilities died from an apparent heart attack. Chuck Graham was 55 years old. Graham served in the Missouri General Assembly from 1997 to 2009 as a Democrat from Columbia. He served four terms as a state representative in what was then House District 24. He was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2005. Graham used a wheelchair to get around following a car crash when...
  • Relatives sue Academy Sports store that sold bullets used in 3 Missouri killings

    05/18/2020 11:53:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 5/13/2020 | AP
    The lawsuit contends Academy employees did not try to determine whether Perez was legally able to buy ammunition, even though it was clear that Perez and Burden were together, The Springfield News-Leader reported. He handed her the box of bullets and gave her $20 to pay.
  • Missouri boy escapes abusive home after parents forget to handcuff him to his bed, police say

    05/15/2020 5:30:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies ^ | May 15, 2020
    It began when a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper found the 12-year-old boy walking alone along Highway T just across the St. Charles County line on May 2. Bruises covered his face, legs and arms. When the trooper raised the child’s shirt, bruises dotted much of his torso, all in various stages of healing, according to court documents. The boy told the trooper he had just escaped from his house along Highway OO. He had packed a bag. And escaped only because his parents, Christopher Crets, 40, and Nicole Crets, 33, forgot to handcuff him to his bed that day,...
  • FBI: Missouri man planning to bomb hospital killed himself

    05/15/2020 12:22:13 PM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    kxan ^ | May 15, 2020 | Heather Hollingsworth
    A Missouri man who was planning to bomb a Kansas City-area hospital killed himself in March as FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant, the FBI said Friday. An autopsy determined that FBI agents shot Timothy Wilson, 36, of Raymore, Missouri, in the upper and lower extremities on March 24 on a street in Belton, Missouri, but that his cause of death was a self-inflicted wound to the head, the agency said. The FBI didn’t say if Wilson shot himself before or after the agents shot him. Investigators said Wilson was distressed by the government’s response to the coronavirus...
  • University Furlough Tracker: Missouri, Georgia, West Virginia, Toledo And Idaho State

    05/09/2020 8:42:28 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 9, 2020 | Michael T. Nietzel
    The University of Missouri announced the furloughing of 579 employees, one of several measures to reduce a $17 million shortfall in the budget year that ends June 30. The furloughs come in addition to 49 layoffs, 569 salary reductions, and 217 voluntary salary decreases. Administrators also are planning for a 12.5% cut for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. West Virginia University identified 875 employees who will be placed on temporary furloughs, beginning May 24 and lasting either through June 28 or July 26. The University expects to save $4 million through the furloughs. On Thursday, the...
  • NBC’s Melvin Urges Dem Whitmer to Arrest Michigan Protesters

    05/06/2020 8:39:35 AM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 35 replies
    mrc Newsbusters ^ | 05/05/2020 | Kyle Drennen
    After initially pointing out that some of Whitmer’s critics felt her policy “violated [their] constitutional rights,” Melvin launched into a rant against the demonstrators and implied a racial double standard in how authorities treated the protests: "I want to talk to you about these demonstrators that I saw over the weekend in your state capitol, a number of them armed. I remember vividly a few years ago being in Ferguson, Missouri and protestors there, many of them protesting, they weren’t armed, they were referred to as thugs. These men and women, many of them carrying flags, walking around with their...
  • Kansas City mayor defends ‘Nazi-like’ policy registering people attending church

    05/05/2020 8:06:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2020 | Caleb Parke
    A conservative law firm is calling a new order in Kansas City, Missouri, "Nazi-like" for requiring churches to "surveil, track, and spy" on anyone who attends an in-person service. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas issued the 10/10/10 rule in effect May 5, ordering that nonessential businesses, like churches, can have 10 people inside and 50 people outside as long as they practice social distancing. They also must record the information of anyone who spends more than 10 minutes inside. In addition, nonessential businesses can operate at 10 percent maximum capacity. The order states that by recording names and contact information,...
  • Hundreds of Missouri Residents Fear Consequences of 'Snitching' on Coronavirus Rulebreakers After Information Leaks Online

    05/04/2020 10:35:08 AM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 70 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 05/04/2020 | Bryan Kirk
    Now, some of those who snitched may be worried these business owners may show up at their homes or businesses, and Totsch said he thinks that's just too bad. "If they are worried about retaliation, they should have read the fine print which stated their tips would be open public record subject to a Sunshine request, and should not have submitted tips in that manner, to begin with," Totsch said. He added that he released the information to discourage this kind of behavior in the future.(snip) In March and April, St. Louis County officials encouraged residents to report businesses online...
  • More than 900 Missouri residents who 'snitched' on lockdown rule-breakers fear retaliation after their details are leaked online

    05/03/2020 8:25:04 PM PDT · by grundle · 105 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2020
    St. Louis County had urged the community to share details of anyone not following guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March After more than 900 submitted tips, 29 businesses were reprimanded Many tipsters reported their own jobs for not following social distancing rules 'I'm worried about someone showing up at my door, showing up at my workplace or me getting fired for doing what is right,' a tipster said Jared Totsch shared the file of complaint emails in a Facebook group and said: 'I released the info in an attempt to discourage such behavior in the future'
  • Missouri Governor Says Concerts Can Resume Monday

    05/02/2020 10:21:05 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 29 replies
    Billboard ^ | May 2, 2020 | Taylor Mims
    Missouri Governor Mike Parson has given the okay for concerts to begin again in the state as early as Monday. On April 27, Governor Parson released his Show Me Strong recovery plan that details plans for gradually reopening the state's economy starting May 4. The plan allows for retail stores to serve customers in-store at limited capacities and for restaurants to re-establish dine-in services while remaining socially distanced. A first for the country since governments started instating lockdown orders, Missouri will allow residents to attend live events, including concerts. According to the Show Me Strong guidelines, large events and gatherings...
  • Potential eviction crisis looms as local suspended court proceedings set to resume

    04/29/2020 11:08:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Fox4KC ^ | Apr 29, 2020 | Megan Dillard
    The biggest expense for most families is housing, something made more difficult for those out of work during COVID-19. Eviction court proceedings were temporarily suspended in Jackson County and in Kansas, but they’ll resume Friday. SNIP “I don’t think we’re going to see a rush to the courthouse based on rent,” he said. “In the private area, I think those landlords are thinking the same thing, (which) is it’s better to keep that family here in their housing and find a way to pay the difference over time than evict that family and all the costs that go with that.”
  • Flynn Case Update – Reviewing Missouri U.S. Attorney Provides Exculpatory Evidence Under Seal…

    04/24/2020 9:31:16 PM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    A very interesting development that could prove to be quite important. Today Michael Flynn’s counsel received a letter from the DOJ notifying his defense the Missouri U.S. Attorney, who was brought in to review all of the evidence in the case, has delivered new evidence and information on the case filed under seal. Here’s the letter: Further reporting from Sean Davis at the Federalist gives some background on the sealed evidence that indicates the provided information is exculpatory. According to Davis’s sources the internal investigative documents “will reflect poorly on the FBI.” […] The new documents, which were filed...
  • Former US Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Faces Coronavirus

    04/21/2020 9:37:26 AM PDT · by Missouri gal · 6 replies
    Southeast Missourian ^ | April 21, 2020 | Jon K. Rust
    For more than 17 years Jo Ann Emerson represented the 8th District of Missouri in the United States House of Representatives, one of the first Republican women elected to Congress in the state and a political force who regularly won re-election with more than 70% of the vote. In 2013, she resigned from Congress to become the first woman president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Known for her spirit of bipartisanship and zeal for "putting people before politics," she fought for constituents at times at the expense of her own party. Today, she's fighting coronavirus.
  • Want to end the quarantine? St. Louis Fed leader says universal testing is the answer

    04/15/2020 9:18:27 AM PDT · by rintintin · 153 replies ^ | April 14 2020 | David Nicklaus
    Universal testing for COVID-19 would be the best way to get the U.S. economy back up and running, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said Tuesday. Bullard, speaking on a conference call organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, said closing nonessential businesses “is appropriate for now but it’s a crazy inefficient policy. You don’t really want to go back to this quarantine policy in the future if you don’t have to.” He said that after coronavirus infection numbers start to drop, but without a vaccine available, the nation’s goal should be to get healthy workers back on...
  • Planned Parenthood launches telehealth services in Missouri

    04/09/2020 7:40:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    joplinglobe ^ | April 9, 2020 | STAFF
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is launching a new telehealth program in Missouri. The health care provider will begin phasing in services without requiring patients to visit a health center, beginning with patients seeking birth control or patients with urinary tract infections. The first remote services will be available using the mobile application PP Direct, and patients seeking access to birth control can schedule a phone appointment with one of Planned Parenthood’s providers. Patients accessing birth control can get it by scheduling a phone appointment with Planned Parenthood staff...
  • Springfield-Greene Co. leaders order businesses to not sell non-essential items

    04/07/2020 11:08:18 PM PDT · by thescourged1 · 8 replies ^ | 4/7/2020 | Abbey Taylor
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo From limiting the number of customers inside a store, to empty shelves, and long waits, shopping for just the essentials is the new norm around Springfield. "Grocery stores, building supply stores, personal care items, cleaning items all of those are essential items.," said Springfield Planning and Development director, Mary Smith. Springfield's Planning and Development Director, Mary Smith said they're asking stores to limit the sales of non-essential items. "The city is relying on those stores to self identify using the stay at home order what is essential and non-essential items," said Smith. For example, Walmart is not allowing...
  • Parson issues stay-at-home order for Missourians

    04/05/2020 2:03:50 AM PDT · by familyop · 2 replies
    fox2now ^ | March 3, 2020 | Kevin S. Held
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a stay-at-home order during Friday afternoon’s COVID-19 public briefing...The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6. Parson said his order would go beyond any other measure already in place in the state...“For the sake of all Missourians, be smart, be responsible, and follow this order. Stay at home, Missouri,” he said. The governor said he would trust local mayors and county executives to make additional restrictions in their jurisdictions.