Tessa Weinberg, Missouri Independent

Tessa Weinberg

Missouri Independent

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Tessa:

Missouri officials say Medicaid applications are now processed within federal deadline

Missouri officials said Medicaid applications are now being processed within the federally-mandated timeline of 45 days. → Read More

Missouri crisis centers see wave of calls since the 988 suicide hotline's launch

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline aims to be a comprehensive resource for people facing mental health and suicide crises. → Read More

Stark disparities persist in Missouri's maternal mortality rate, state board finds

A multi-year report analyzing maternal mortality in Missouri found that women on Medicaid and Black women were both more likely to die. → Read More

Abortion is now illegal in Missouri in wake of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Under Missouri’s trigger law, abortions will only be permitted in cases of a medical emergency, with no exceptions for rape or incest. → Read More

Missouri governor signs law shielding doctors prescribing ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine

Under the Missouri bill, “lawfully” dispensing or prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine cannot be the basis for disciplinary action. → Read More

'Anything's on the table': Missouri legislature may revisit contraceptive limits post-Roe

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, reproductive rights advocates worry contraceptives could be limited, which Missouri lawmakers have tried before → Read More

Medicaid enrollment backlog persists as advocates say Missouri could be doing more

In January, the average time it took to process Medicaid applications increased to 99 days as Missouri struggles to tackle a backlog. → Read More

Missouri AG sues nine more school districts, including one for students with disabilities

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced he was suing nine more school districts over mask mandates, bringing the total filed to 45. → Read More

GOP lawmakers renew effort to bar Planned Parenthood from Missouri Medicaid program

Missouri Republican lawmakers plan to renew their efforts to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer dollars this upcoming session. → Read More

'Soooo frustrating:' Infighting, bad predictions hindered Missouri response to Delta

Missouri officials failed to meet the Springfield region’s needs as Delta caused record COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this past summer. → Read More

After outrage over unused vaccines at rural clinics, Parson vows more KC, STL events

Frustration over unused doses in rural areas is especially acute in urban metros, prompting lawmakers to question Missouri's vaccine rollout. → Read More

'The virus is winning': Health officials call for statewide mask mandate in Missouri

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson needs to issue a statewide mask mandate and “safer-at-home” policy to prevent the state’s health system from becoming overwhelmed, Dr. Alex Garza, the incident commander of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said Friday. “Unfortunately, as has been painfully obvious to even a casual observer, we are past the time […] → Read More

Tarrant County is moving forward with countywide voting. Here’s what it means for you.

On Election Day this November, Tarrant County, Texas, residents may have the option of casting their vote at any polling location countywide. But to reap benefits, experts say, voter outreach will be important. → Read More

UT Arlington, UNT, Tarleton projects on hold after lawmakers fail to approve bonds

With a campus opening on the Chisholm Trail Parkway, Tarleton State University has been growing in Fort Worth, TX. But construction may slow after lawmakers failed to OK $3.8 billion in tuition revenue bonds. → Read More

A year after the Santa Fe school shooting, Abbott signs bills to make schools safer

Gov. Greg Abbott signed three bills Thursday that aim to increase school safety, mental health resources and school marshals throughout Texas’ schools. → Read More

Gov. Abbott signs bill banning red light cameras in Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Saturday authored by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, that will ban red light cameras across the state. Cameras in Fort Worth, TX, could disappear within days. → Read More

The main draw in this tiny town has been chicken fried steak. It just got another one

Texas lawmakers approve funding for Palo Mountains State Park, located between Fort Worth and Abilene. But it will still need private donations to open its gates to guests. → Read More

Two years after her murder, Molly Jane is honored with state law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs Molly Jane’s Law, named for a Fort Worth woman who was raped and killed in 2017. The bill would help law enforcers better track sexual assaults and catch serial offenders. → Read More

Texas lawmakers pass school finance plan, including teacher raises, property tax cuts

Texas lawmakers approve school finance bill that includes teacher raises, property tax cuts, sending the bill — a top legislative priority — to Gov. Greg Abbott for consideration. → Read More

Texas lawmakers pass property tax reform bill

Texas lawmakers in Austin, TX, approved a property tax reform bill that some call transformative. Others say it micromanages local officials and could cut into basic city and county services. → Read More