U.S. District Court Chief Judge Brian Morris rescinded the mask mandate for the state’s federal courts Tuesday a week after state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath signaled to state courts to relax their own restrictions put in place since the start of the pandemic. Both federal and state courts have continued through the last year primarily through remote hearings although trials were largely backed up out of concern for gathering juries. Morris noted the 25-week decline in COVID-19 cases and the 40% of the state population who have been fully vaccinated.
Boating season is beginning in the Treasure State and with that the fight against aquatic invasive species continues. The Fish Wildlife and Park Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau is preparing for a busy season. Bureau Chief Tom Wolfe says they can cause a lot of problems.