State and Regional News

Preventing heat deaths: 5 of Missouri’s 19 heat-related deaths last year were children left in vehicles

In 2018 in Missouri, five children died as a result of being left behind in hot vehicles, according to data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The deaths serve as a reminder of the absolute importance of taking precautions to protect against summer heat and humidity, particularly in vehicles.

Missouri ranks 28th of 50 states in dhild well-being

• U.S. Child Population Grows and Changes: 74 Million Kids to Shape Future of More Diverse America

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo/June 18, 2019 -- The approximately 1.4 million children who comprise nearly one quarter of Missouri’s population are more likely to live in poverty than Missouri’s children in 1990. According to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Patrol releases 2019 school bus inspection results

    Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division's 2019 annual school bus inspection program. A total of 11,958 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2019 program. Of all buses inspected, 89.3% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.