State and Regional News

Lower unemployment leads to reduced taxes for Missouri businesses

For the third year in a row, thousands of Missouri’s employers will see a reduction in their unemployment insurance (UI) taxes due to a decrease in Missouri’s UI taxable wage base (TWB). For Missouri employers the TWB will decrease $500 as of January 1, 2020, from $12,000 to $11,500.

State fire marshal reminds Missourians to think of fire safety throughout the holidays

State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is encouraging Missourians to think of fire safety throughout the holidays, whether they’re gathering with friends or celebrating with family members at home. Across the U.S. from 2013 to 2017, fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires started by Christmas trees each year. Annually, the fires resulted in an average of three deaths and 15 injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Report finds that majority of child abuse and neglect fatalities are sleep-related

A key finding of the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) special report, “Eliminating Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities in Missouri," reveals sleep-related deaths remain the leading cause of deaths for Missouri infants and the leading cause of child maltreatment related to deaths.

Transportation projects selected under governor’s cost-share program

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson announced that 20 transportation projects will receive $50 million under his transportation cost-share program. The Missouri Departments of Transportation (MoDOT) and Economic Development (DED) selected the projects with the goal of building partnerships with local entities to deliver road and bridge projects that have the greatest economic benefit to the state.