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Missouri governor declares emergency, notes 2 new cases

Teresa Patton, a night custodial supervisor with the Fort Zumwalt School District, sprays a bleach disinfectant Thursday in the classrooms of Progress South Elementary in O'Fallon, Mo. With the introduction of the coronavirus the district purchased three additional machines to clean two million square feet of space inside the district's buildings. Photo by Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Senior Services on Saturday announced the state’s fifth case of COVID-19, an individual in ...

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Coronavirus concerns disrupt work at US state capitols

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, center, speaks to reporters Thursday from a gallery overlooking the Senate chamber in Jefferson City, Missouri. Schatz, a Republican, was joined by Democratic Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, left, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, right, in announcing that the Senate will not meet again in full session until at least March 30 because of concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo by David A. Lieb

Mounting concerns about the coronarvirus spread to state capitols across the country last week, as some lawmakers halted their sessions, shut out the public and scrambled to finish work on essential spending bills to keep government going. Even in states ...

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