State and Regional News

Department of Natural Resources loans available for energy improvements

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is now accepting low-interest energy improvement loan applications. Public K-12 schools, public colleges and universities, local governments including municipal, county, regional and international airports, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public and not-for-profit hospitals are eligible to compete for a total of $6 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state.

Governor delivers 2020 State of the State address

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2020 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly. Governor Parson highlighted several of the state’s major successes in workforce development and infrastructure last year, including a $1.5 billion investment from General Motors and an $81.2 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding American grant to build a new I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport, among many others.

DHSS continues to urge flu vaccination

    Flu activity is currently widespread throughout Missouri. 11,171 cases of influenza have been reported in Missouri so far. 11 people have died from influenza-associated illness this season. Nationally, influenza activity remains high, and forecasts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that it will remain elevated for several more weeks.

Maries County Sheriff warns of upcoming show about Vichy murders

    The Maries County Sheriff’s Department warns residents of an upcoming episode of television focusing on a murder that took place near Vichy more than 20 years ago. The department said residents should be aware of the episode, as it might bring back memories for those who were affected by the murders and subsequent execution of the murderer.

Approximately 95 percent of stats’s unemployed workers now file online, saving more than $60,000

To improve the performance and the integrity of the unemployment insurance (UI) program while reducing operating costs, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security (DES) recently removed the option to file initial unemployment claims and weekly requests for payment via its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system, which resulted in the DES realizing an initial savings of over $60,000 per year in software licensing.