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Kansas City Activists Plan Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protests Following Minneapolis Riots

A couple hundred people turned out for a peaceful protest in Midtown Kansas City on Friday, the first of what was expected to be a weekend of such events triggered by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week. Holding signs that mirrored some of Floyd's last words as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck — "I can't breathe!" — protestors said they wanted everyone to know that such violence happens everywhere. The crowd chanted, “No justice, no peace! Prosecute the...

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Nearly all businesses in Illinois are now able to open more than two months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s initial stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

There are still some restrictions and guidelines on how stores should operate, but they’re no longer closed to the public. Generally the state requires workers wear masks, and maintain a six feet social distance when possible.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis County Councilwoman Kelli Dunaway talks with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about how the county is spending federal coronavirus money.

She also addressed how county police should respond to protests over George Floyd’s death.

Dunaway is a Chesterfield Democrat who represents the council’s 2nd District. That takes in cities like Creve Coeur, St. Ann, Maryland Heights and Chesterfield. She was elected to her post in 2019, filling out the rest of Sam Page’s term on the council after he became county executive.

These conversations will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour on Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has announced a plan to distribute $64 million in federal aid intended to bolster the city’s response to the coronavirus. The plan, which Krewson said she’ll submit to the Board of Aldermen for revisions and approval, includes $2.5 million for contact tracing: to hire 25 people and invest in technology.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske will talk with Dr. Fred Echols, acting director of the St. Louis Department of Health, and Franda Thomas, the department’s communicable disease bureau chief. They’ll discuss the city’s efforts to track the coronavirus.

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The Camden County Health Department confirmed Friday that a Boone County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend. In a news release, the department listed a number of establishments the person visited, including some depicted in videos that attracted international attention over the past week. 

Columbia College to Resume On-Campus Classes

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In-person classes will resume at Columbia College on Aug. 31 and will continue that way until Thanksgiving break, according to a news release Friday from the college. After the break, students will finish their classes online.

Some classes will have a virtual option throughout the semester, the release said. Social distancing, wearing masks and deep disinfecting will be implemented for the fall.

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The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced today that they’re making clear, accessible masks available to Missourians.

These accessible masks have clear fronts, which allow people to clearly see an individual’s mouth while they speak. This aspect of communication is critical for those who read lips and an integral part of effective communication for those who speak American Sign Language.


Protesters Take On Police Violence in Columbia

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Today, demonstrators took to the streets in Columbia to protest the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as what they describe as systemic racism in police work.

The event started in front of the Boone County Courthouse, where around 30 protesters gathered and handed out signs. The demonstrators marched west towards the Columbia Police Department Headquarters, stopping in front of the Criminal Investigations Division on 7th and Walnut, across the street from the courthouse.

Here, some demonstrators spoke about why they were there.