State and Regional News

COVID-19, crime stories topped website traffic in 2020

    The Cuba Free Press, Saint James Press, and Steelville Star-Crawford Mirror share a combined website at The top-10 most read stories on the website during 2020 were mostly COVID-19 related, but some crime reporting also made the list.
    The following is a review of the top-10 stories on the website in terms of the number of times each was read last year.

Governor announces $46 million in child care funding

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced $46 million in child care funding to ensure child care providers can support the needs of working Missouri families, especially those with low incomes during COVID-19.

Designate a sober driver or call a ride to avoid driving impaired

    While this holiday season may be different from years past, a lot of those smaller, socially distanced gatherings will still most likely include alcoholic beverages. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind those who plan to celebrate to designate a sober driver or call a ride to avoid driving impaired. Statewide, law enforcement will be on the lookout for substance-impaired drivers; with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 13, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021.       

Patrol addresses cold weather water safety

    Cold weather means cold rivers and lakes. If you have plans to be near or on one of the state’s many bodies of water, please be careful and stay alert!