State and Regional News

ECC Nursing Program ranked fourth in state

    East Central College once again has been named the fourth best nursing school in Missouri.
    That’s according to, a nursing advocacy organization, which ranks nursing programs statewide and nationally.  ECC was compared to more than 50 nursing programs in Missouri.

Missouri Summer Safety Day, June 3, is a reminder of the serious hazards posed by lightning and excessive heat

With temperatures on the rise this week and summer officially about to get underway, Missourians are reminded that excessive heat and lightning pose serious hazards and to take precautions as they spend more time outdoors.

Governor announces $209 million in additional expenditure restrictions

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced over $209 million in additional expenditure restrictions due to COVID-19.
“It goes without saying that COVID-19 has had severe impacts on our anticipated economic growth. This is truly unlike anything we have ever experienced before, and we are now expecting significant revenue declines,” Governor Parson said.

COVID-19 testing coming to local VA clinics

    Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital and the Columbia Vet Center are teaming up to provide mobile COVID-19 screening and testing services for veterans at all eight of Truman VA’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Veterans currently enrolled, or those who qualify for enrollment, will be tested at clinics in the area, including the St. James CBOC.

Unemployment claims jump across region

    The unemployment rate and first-time jobless claims both saw significant increases across the region in April as a result of stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures released by the state on Friday. Statewide unemployment was 9.7 percent, up from 3.9 percent in March.