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U.K. COVID variant found in 13 wastewater systems across Missouri

U.K. COVID variant found in 13 wastewater systems across Missouri

ST. LOUIS – The fast-spreading U.K. variant of the coronavirus has been found in wastewater samples taken from areas across according to the .But they did say, the U.K. variant was “not highly prevalent” in the wastewater samples. , the director of the state health department, said this discovery makes it clear that the variant is more widespread in Missouri and across the country than what has been detected by testing. So far, there has been only one confirmed case of the U.K. variant of the in Missouri. That was found in Marion County in northeast Missouri on February 6. Health officials...

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Rush Limbaugh laid to rest Wednesday in St. Louis

Rush Limbaugh laid to rest Wednesday in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Rush Limbaugh was laid to rest at in St. Louis during a private ceremony on Wednesday, according to the . There will be a virtual ceremony later according to a statement issued by Kathryn Limbaugh.The cemetery was closed to the public during Wednesday’s ceremony. around 40 family members and others were there.was born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He has deep roots in that community and the rest of the state. But, some people are surprised that he was buried in St. Louis.Limbaugh died on February 17 at the age of 70. It came a year after announcing he...

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February’s Full Moon is this weekend; three planets visible at sunrise

February’s Full Moon is this weekend; three planets visible at sunrise

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The full moon is this weekend. February’s full Snow Moon reaches its peak in the early morning hours of Saturday,  February 27.  It’s called the because traditionally heavy snowfall occurs in the month of February.If you are an early riser, the next several mornings will put on quite a show.  The planets of , , and Mercury will rise close together just before sunrise, in the 6:00 hour, on the Eastern horizon.They will be followed by Venus (tough to see) and then the Sun. You have to look quickly though, as the Sun comes up those planets will get very hard to spot.FOX2Now...

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Missouri House passes bill to require voter photo ID

Missouri House passes bill to require voter photo ID

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri House has passed another bill to require at the polls. Lawmakers voted 109-46 in favor of the legislation.The bill is aimed at addressing a ruling last year that permanently blocked a central provision of a 2016 voter ID law. That law required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement to cast a regular ballot.The new bill would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.Suggest a CorrectionSign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We...

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Solar storm to hit Earth later this week; auroras expected

Solar storm to hit Earth later this week; auroras expected

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A solar storm is reportedly heading towards Earth on February 23 or 24 and it could provide great views of auroras in higher latitudes near the Arctic Circle possibly stretching to southern Canada. It comes after a solar flare happened in the sun on February 20.The astronomy site is reporting an eruption split the sun’s atmosphere. The eruption resulted in a coronal mass ejection (CME) creating a “canyon of fire” on the sun’s surface.The CME means there also was a large expulsion of plasma and magnetic field released. It is not heading directly for the earth but it is going...

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Photos: Sports broadcaster Joe Buck’s Ladue home listed for over $3 million

Photos: Sports broadcaster Joe Buck’s Ladue home listed for over $3 million

ST. LOUIS – Joe Buck is selling his Ladue home for over $3 million. The six-bedroom home listed under Buck’s name went up for sale Thursday.It is 7,422 square feet and sits on a six-acre lot. The full asking price is $3,295,000. The annual taxes are listed at $38,514. to see the listing., the Fox Sports lead play-by-play broadcaster and St. Louis native is the son of Jack Buck. His father is in the Radio, Pro-Football, and Baseball Hall of Fames.J. Buck’s Restaurant in Clayton and Joe Buck’s Restaurant downtown closed in 2015. , called the decision “difficult.”Due to the coronavirus, the...

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Apophis asteroid will be visible from Earth this weekend

Apophis asteroid will be visible from Earth this weekend

ST. LOUIS – An asteroid the size of three football fields will pass by a star and be visible from Earth on Sunday, February 21. But have no fear, there is no danger of it hitting our planet.“The more that we can understand the orbits of asteroids like Apophis the better we can prepare,” said Will Snyder, Manager at the St. Louis Science Center McDonnell Planetarium.According to experts, the 1,000-foot wide around 11:50 p.m. But in order to see this rare event, you have to be located exactly along its path.“At home scientists and citizen astronomers will have the opportunity to observe this...

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Feb 18
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Pacific, Mo. girl receives kidney from her pre-K teacher

Pacific, Mo. girl receives kidney from her pre-K teacher

PACIFIC, Mo. – A young girl from Pacific, Missouri just received a new kidney that she’s needed since birth. Her donor? Her pre-kindergarten teacher.  Kayleigh Kulage is a beautiful little girl born premature at just 26 weeks. “She was 15.2 ounces and 11.25 inches when she was born,” said Desiree, Kayleigh’s mother. “She was in the NICU for 158 days.” Kayleigh is a fighter and now she’s an incredible 5-year-old. “If she didn’t have like these tubes on her or anything you wouldn’t really know anything’s wrong with her,” Desiree said. “She never cries. She never complains about pain. She’s a...

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Feb 17
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Evicted Missouri mom’s plea reaches those willing to make an exception

Evicted Missouri mom’s plea reaches those willing to make an exception

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Our You Paid For It team went to a St. Peters organization to ask for help on behalf of a mother and her two kids who were just evicted.An emotional Melissa Crader called FOX 2 when she and her two kids had gotten evicted from her home in De Soto in Jefferson County. She spoke with reporter Elliott Davis in the front yard of what used to be her home.Crader says she offered to pay the landlord some of the rent but he wouldn’t accept partial payment. She says she couldn’t find house cleaning work because of the pandemic and had nowhere to go. Crader called ‘You Paid...

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Feb 17
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Larger Missouri cities lagging behind smaller counties in COVID vaccinations

Larger Missouri cities lagging behind smaller counties in COVID vaccinations

ST. LOUIS – Some St. Louis-area leaders feared we were getting shorted in the amount of vaccine our region had been receiving. Now more doses are on the way.Heavily populated areas in Missouri like St. Louis City and County have been far behind smaller counties when it comes to the percentage of the population that has received the first dose of the vaccine.Exactly 6.5% of St. Louis City residents have received the first vaccination and 8.1% in St. Louis County. The numbers are much larger in smaller counties. For example, it’s 15.7% in Cape Girardeau County and 18% in Shelby County.Dr....

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Feb 11
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Teen donates kidney to save his mother’s life

Teen donates kidney to save his mother’s life

TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – Kebra Peebles is all smiles now but that wasn’t always the case. A rare kidney condition led to her undergoing dialysis and eventually receiving two kidney transplants at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.“Dialysis itself is so grueling,” Peebles said.Doctors said it was possible she would not survive birth due to her condition, but Peebles was determined not to terminate two pregnancies. Little did she know that her son would years later donate his own kidney to help save her life.“I would just like to publicly thank my son for giving me life,” Peebles...

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Feb 11
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Burglary suspect leads police on chase that ends with standoff on I-44

Burglary suspect leads police on chase that ends with standoff on I-44

ST. LOUIS- A burglary suspect was taken to a hospital after turning the gun on himself following a police pursuit and standoff that ended on I-44 in Eureka this afternoon.Franklin County Sheriff Deputies began looking for the suspect after getting a call about a burglary on N. Goodes Mill Road in Washington, Mo.Deputies tracked the suspect to the Red Barn Mobile Home Park based on a security photo from the scene. Deputies say a person saw the marked patrol unit and jumped into the vehicle that matched the description of the stolen vehicleDeputies tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver...

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Feb 5
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Sign up for a Missouri COVID-19 vaccine waiting list here

Sign up for a Missouri COVID-19 vaccine waiting list here

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – There are 27 mass vaccination sites in the state of Missouri that are being set up now. One for each region of the state. Governor Mike Parson has mobilized the National Guard to help.Most of the locations require Missourians to pre-register and have an appointment. You can find a waitlist for your area by checking the directory below.There is not much vaccine to distribute at the moment. Many Missouri counties are asking people to follow their Facebook pages for the latest updates about when vaccine will be available and where they can get it. But, there are a lot of...

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Jan 29
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Missouri launches online COVID vaccine registration

Missouri launches online COVID vaccine registration

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Missourians now have the ability to register for the COVID-19 vaccine and be notified later once they’re eligible.Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of the on Monday. Individuals can complete an online questionnaire and determine their eligibility based on the state’s phased rollout for the vaccine.You’ll receive an alert either when a mass vaccination event is in your area or if a local health care provider receives the vaccine.The Missouri Vaccine Navigator will integrate with the state’s immunization database, which should streamline the process for data...

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Feb 8
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Missouri House approves $324 million in aid to renters and landlords

Missouri House approves $324 million in aid to renters and landlords

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri House approved hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid for renters and landlords.The Post-Dispatch reported the measure, which was approved unanimously, earmarks $324 million for a rental assistance program to be overseen by the Missouri Housing Development Commission.According to data compiled by Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, landlords in St. Louis City and County have filed for nearly 5,000 evictions since mid-March when local courts suspended them.Suggest a CorrectionSign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We...

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Jan 29
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NFL first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin to lead Kirkwood’s football program

NFL first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin to lead Kirkwood’s football program

ST. LOUIS – Former NFL first-round draft pick Jeremy Maclin to be Kirkwood High School’s next head football coach.Kirkwood High School Athletic Director Corey Nesslage plans to recommend Maclin to the Board of Education at their next meeting on February 22.“We are excited about the possibilities of Coach Maclin leading our young men to show them from a leadership role as the head coach how impactful Kirkwood High School can be for our student-athletes,” Nesslage said.Maclin will take Coach Farrell Shelton’s place. Shelton announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 season after six...

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Feb 8
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Gov. Parson disputes Missouri’s ranking on vaccine rollout

Gov. Parson disputes Missouri’s ranking on vaccine rollout

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson is taking umbrage with his state’s ranking on the rollout of the COVID vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), , as of Sunday, Jan. 24. That breaks down to 3,958 per 100,000 residents.The , , and reported on the low ranking on Sunday.“The article is totally misleading! The state of Missouri is above the national average,” Parson said. “They are talking about a federal contract that has nothing to do with our allotment. They put in the federal contract with states with Walgreens and CVS. That’s why...

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Jan 25
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G&W Bavarian Sausage Company reopens after a misunderstanding with the health department

G&W Bavarian Sausage Company reopens after a misunderstanding with the health department

ST. LOUIS – One of the seven St. Louis City businesses ordered closed last week by the City Health Department for COVID violations will reopen Wednesday morning.“It was all a misunderstanding, it’s been cleared up,” G&W Bavarian Sausage Company owner Bob Wanninger said.Several weeks ago three G&W employees contracted COVID-19 but were in quarantine and not at the south St. Louis meat processing plant on Parker Avenue. While investigating the COVID situation, the city discovered G&W did not have a retail license for its walk-in business. The process to obtain one can usually take up to a...

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Monica Ryan
Jan 27
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Missouri hospitals to hold mass vaccination sites across state throughout February

Missouri hospitals to hold mass vaccination sites across state throughout February

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hospitals across Missouri will start hosting mass vaccination sites this week, with the goal to vaccinate 5,000 Missourians at each location.The state announced the new distribution plan Monday. Two weeks ago, the Missouri National Guard partnered with local health departments to host mass vaccination sites in Missouri State Highway Patrol’s (MSHP) nine regions. Hospitals are now joining the force to help vaccinate as many as possible. Missouri is currently in the process of vaccinating those in Phase 1A and 1B, Tier 1 and 2.The Department of Health and Senior Services...

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Feb 1
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Woman gives birth while in a coma from COVID-19, names her ICU nurse baby’s godmother

Woman gives birth while in a coma from COVID-19, names her ICU nurse baby’s godmother

ST. LOUIS, Mo- At 26 weeks pregnant with her second child, Monique Jones started not feeling well. On September 4th she was admitted to Barnes and put in the ICU with severe COVID symptoms. Two days later, Monique was put on an ECMO machine, often called the highest form of life support.ICU nurse Caitlyn Obrock cared for Monique while she was sedated. Talking to her with words of encouragement and praying over her. Monique couldn’t hear Caitlyn but said she felt like she had a guardian angel.As Monique’s condition worsened, the doctors decided it was best to deliver her baby via C-section....

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Jan 30
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Nurses surprise Illinois couple battling COVID-19 with dinner date

Nurses surprise Illinois couple battling COVID-19 with dinner date

O’FALLON, Ill . – Love is in the air! An ‘inseparable’ couple who has been married for 63 years were separated after they were both hospitalized with COVID-19. But thanks to caring nurses at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Illinois Terry Martinez, 86, and her husband Frank Martinez, 93 were reunited and treated to a special dinner date.“As soon as we rolled him into her room, he said oh sweetheart you look beautiful”, said Kim Presson nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.After being told that the couple was always inseparable and very dependent on each other, their nurses, Presson and Hannah,...

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Feb 1
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More than 150 National Guard in Washington for inauguration test positive for coronavirus

More than 150 National Guard in Washington for inauguration test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday.The U.S. government imposed unprecedented security measures in the city following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, including fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by National Guard.The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the number of National Guard troops who tested positive could rise but was still a small fraction of...

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Jan 22
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Off by one number: Missouri girl inundated with phone calls, messages from Arizonans looking for COVID vaccine

Off by one number: Missouri girl inundated with phone calls, messages from Arizonans looking for COVID vaccine

SULLIVAN, Mo. – A third grade Sullivan, Missouri girl has been swamped by phone calls from people in Arizona wanting a COVID vaccine.Eight-year-old Sophia Garcia and her family moved from Arizona to Sullivan several years ago. She got a hand-me-down iPhone. It still has the Arizona number. That’s where the problem begins.Sophia’s phone has been ringing like crazy for the past week.“Out of the blue and at all hours of the day night, 24-7,” said Emily Lewis, Sophia’s mother.After listening to voicemails and searching the internet, the family figured out the Arizona health department’s phone...

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Jan 22
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Enterprise Center could become COVID vaccine distribution site

Enterprise Center could become COVID vaccine distribution site

ST. LOUIS – There are new signs the tide may be turning in the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in St. Louis region. The Enterprise Center, which hosts St. Louis Blues games and concerts, could soon become a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, according to multiple city officials. Also, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page tells FOX 2 he’ll soon announce up to six new vaccination sites countywide.The Missouri National Guard will staff nine mass vaccination sites across the state with the first opening tomorrow in Poplar Bluff, according to Missouri Governor Mike Parson.“As far as the...

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Jan 22
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Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials’ power

Missouri Republicans move to limit health officials’ power

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators in Missouri are trying to check health officials’ power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.Senate health committee members debated a bill Wednesday that would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public health emergencies.Other bills would take the power to make public health rules away from county health boards and instead leave it up to county commissioners.The bill sponsors argue that some health officials went too far in limiting gatherings at churches,...

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