Last night our blog community broke news about an upcoming Missouri COVID court battle over control of public health rules.

For the midday, our progressive pals and some more MSM news links attempt to explain the legal confrontation . . .

"Missouri’s attorney general says a ruling from a Cole County judge invalidates mask mandates for both local health authorities and school districts, but a St. Louis University law professor disagrees, saying it depends on who is issuing the order."

Read more via news links . . .

What a recent court ruling means for Missouri's mask mandates

A ruling by a Cole County judge has called into question who can issue mask mandates inMissouri. Attorney General Eric Schmitt has sent letters to local health authorities and school districts, saying that the ruling invalidates their mandates and that they should no longer be enforced.

More Districts Modify COVID-19 Rules After Schmitt Letter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Kansas City area districts are dropping mask mandates and modifying quarantine rules in response to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's threats to file legal action against districts over the regulations.

Missouri county denied mask mandate despite 150% increase in COVID cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday morning on a mask mandate. The resolution failed by a vote of 5-4. Supporters of the resolution cited an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county as one of the reasons the mandate was necessary.

Missouri flu cases nearly double in a week

ST. LOUIS - Flu cases are rising in Missouri, as the state also deals with an uptick of COVID-19 cases. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 265 confirmed-positive flu cases for the last week of November. That number jumped to 476 positive cases the first week of December.

Wednesday: Missouri AG's threats against school districts draw pushback

This interview will be on "St. Louis on the Air" at noon Wednesday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . An attorney hired by a Lee's Summit school district wasted little time responding to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt last week after Schmitt threatened legal action against the district.

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