State and Regional News

First flu-associated deaths are reported in Missouri

    The total number of influenza cases in Missouri recently surpassed the 1,500 mark, and the state has received three reports of influenza-associated deaths this season. As preparations are made for holiday gatherings, getting the annual flu shot should be on the to-do list so that holiday cheer can be spread rather than influenza.

Missouri’s children rapidly losing health coverage

Missouri’s youngest children are losing health care coverage at an alarming rate, according to an analysis released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The drastic increase in both the number and rate of Missouri children under age 6 without insurance leaves kids vulnerable at a time of critical brain development and can have lasting consequences.

MSHP to participate in Project Blue Light

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Missouri State Highway Patrol will again join members of Concerns of Police Survivors in paying tribute to fallen officers and showing support for law enforcement by participating in Project Blue Light.

Veteran public safety leader Zim Schwartze named Missouri Capitol Police Chief

Department of Public Safety Director Sandy Karsten today announced that Zim Schwartze has been named Chief of Missouri Capitol Police. Schwartze, a 28-year public safety veteran who is currently Director of Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications, will begin work on Jan. 6.