State and Regional News

New training standards for Missouri law enforcement officers approved on emergency basis and take effect Jan. 1, 2021

New training standards that require annual continuing education training in de-escalation techniques and recognizing implicit bias for law enforcement officers have been approved on an emergency basis by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office, and will become effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Statewide winter weather drill set for October 21-22

    In an attempt to get a jump on this year’s winter season, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22. The drill has been expanded to two days this year to accommodate social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.

Oct. 16 is Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri

Gov. Mike Parson has proclaimed Oct. 16 as Buckle Up Phone Down Day in Missouri and fellow Missourian and former race car driver Carl Edwards is lending his famous name to the cause, all in an effort to encourage Missourians to take two simple actions to save lives on the state’s highways – fasten their seatbelts and put their phones down while driving.

East Central College Nursing Program ranked No. 4 in region

    The East Central College Nursing Program is ranked No. 4 among 660 nursing schools offering associate's degrees in the Midwest.
    NursingProcess.org evaluated nursing schools throughout the region on four factors — national test pass rates, academic quality, the nursing school’s reputation and affordability.

Watch for deer, says MSHP

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert. If you strike a deer, call 9-1-1 or *55 on a cell phone and report it.