State and Regional News

Bright Flight Scholarship eligibility score to change for Class of 2023 high school seniors

    The ACT score requirement for the Higher Education Academic Scholarship, also known as Bright Flight, will be increasing to 32 or above for students graduating from high school in 2023. Since 2008, students have needed a score of 31 or above on the ACT to receive the maximum $3,000 award.

$2 million grant will use in-home sensors to monitor older adults in rural Missouri

Among the biggest side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been increased social isolation, loneliness and depression, particularly for older adults living in rural areas. This isolation has led many to delay or cancel health care procedures, including elective surgeries, which may lead to worsening health outcomes.

Temporary benefits increase being extended through March for Missouri WIC participants

    Missouri WIC is extending the temporary increase of the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB) for January, February and March 2022.

Minimum wage rate set for private employers for 2022

The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announces the state minimum wage rate for 2022 has been established, according to state law, at $11.15 per hour, effective January 1, 2022.

Area unemployment rose in October

    While Missouri’s unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of one percent in October, both Crawford and Phelps counties showed an increase in unemployment for the month. Most of the regional counties also saw an increase in joblessness, although rates remained historically low.