State and Regional News

February is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri, with emphasis on preparedness

Southeast Missouri is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), which generated some of the most powerful earthquakes ever to jolt the nation. A series of major quakes occurred in 1811-12, destroying buildings, ringing church bells hundreds of miles away, and briefly causing the Mississippi River to run backward. The area is still active today, with an average of more than 200 earthquakes each year, though many are too small to be felt.

State lawmakers receive vaccinations meant for other employees

BY RACHEL BEHRNDT, JUDY LUCAS AND GRACE ZOKOVITCH, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers and members of their staff received COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday that were intended for other state employees.

Proposed state budget benefits from federal COVID-19 relief funding

BY ADAM SATRYA JACKSON, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson proposed a well-funded 2022 state budget thanks to federal cash buoying pandemic-related revenue losses.

Gov. Parson emphasizes education, public health priorities in State of the State

BY JOSE LUIS ADRIANO, MISSOURI NEWS NETWORK
JEFFERSON CITY — In a session already marred by uncertainty about COVID-19 and vaccine rollout, Gov. Mike Parson used his State of the State to reemphasize his dedication to education funding, infrastructure and public health.

Governor delivers 2021 State of the State Address

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson delivered the 2021 State of the State Address to the Missouri General Assembly.
Governor Parson highlighted several accomplishments the state has made in combating COVID-19 as well as major successes in infrastructure and workforce development despite the challenges of the past year.