State and Regional News

Area unemployment rates remained low in December

    Unemployment rates throughout the region remained low in December, although several counties reported increases in joblessness. Locally, Crawford County’s rate increased last month, but the rate in Phelps County was unchanged.

Tax Form 1099-G available online for individuals who received unemployment benefits from Missouri in 2021

Individuals who received unemployment benefits from Missouri in 2021 can now view, print and download their 1099-G tax form online at

Federal medical team headed to St. Louis to assist hospital staff following state request  

On Friday, Governor Mike Parson announced a specialized medical team of U.S. military personnel, which includes doctors and nurses, is being deployed to the St. Louis region to support hospital staff strained by COVID-19. The team is expected to be in place at BJC Christian Hospital next week.

Bipartisan commission approves new Missouri House districts

By The Missouri Independent
As the Missouri House finalized its version of a new Congressional map Wednesday, a panel of 20 Republicans and Democrats agreed on a new map for the chamber’s 163 seats. The House Independent Bipartisan Citizens Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan, which needed support from 14 members to pass before Sunday’s deadline.

New scholarship provides reimbursement for high school students taking DC/DE courses

    Students in Missouri have a new option to help them pay for college courses during their junior and senior years of high school. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) has a new state financial aid program to reimburse students for the cost of dual credit and dual enrollment courses. The application for the scholarship went live today, and high schools have been notified of the application opening.