A large tornado hit southeastern Missouri before dawn, causing widespread destruction as a broad swath of the Midwest and South braced for further storms that could spawn additional twisters and hail.
As lawmakers met to debate House rules, one proposed requiring women to wear jackets. They ultimately passed a modified amendment (permitting cardigans), but not without vocal pushback from Democrats.
In response to increasing abortion restrictions in the region, a Planned Parenthood chapter in Missouri and Illinois is preparing to open a mobile unit providing abortions in southern Illinois.
In the pandemic, the government allowed millions of children to stay on Medicaid — no need to have an adult re-enroll them every year. But that may end soon, and many kids could lose their coverage.
The policy says corporal punishment will be used only when other forms of discipline have failed and then only with the superintendent's permission. The district had dropped the practice in 2001.
A report from the Guttmacher Institute finds that state abortion restrictions do not necessarily correlate to a lower abortion rate, as more patients travel out of state.
Saint Luke's Health System, which operates several hospitals in the Kansas City area, said it was concerned about the risk of criminal prosecution by offering the emergency contraceptive.
Building on SB 8 in Texas, some Republican lawmakers are trying a new strategy: pushing bills that would attempt to limit what residents can and can't do even beyond state lines.
The National Weather Service predicts a prolonged, major winter storm that could travel across parts of the Midwest into the Northeast later this week.
Perez Reed is facing charges of murder and assault in shootings that occurred in the St. Louis County area. The gun used in those attacks has been tied to other killings in St. Louis and Kansas.