State and Regional News

State Tech reveals plans to bring ‘Eatertainment’ venue to Linn

    The State Tech Board of Regents unanimously approved a design contract today with Paragon Architects to replace the clubhouse at the Osage Country Club with a multipurpose event and entertainment venue.

MSHP completes annual school bus inspections

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the results of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division’s 2021 annual school bus inspection program.

Unemployment rates increased in May across region

    Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased from April 2021 to May 2021, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by a tenth of a percentage point. The unemployment rates also increased slightly in both Crawford and Phelps counties.

State Fire Marshal urges caution for those who use consumer fireworks for July 4th celebrations

• Fireworks sales at seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from June 20 to July 10

As vaccination rates climb, COVID-19 cases drop and more Americans plan July 4th celebrations, the Division of Fire Safety is reminding Missourians to put fireworks safety first this Independence Day. Public fireworks displays not only offer the best sights, they are the safest, and Missourians will have more options than last year, when many displays were canceled because of the pandemic.

Population trends up in Missouri, down in region

    Although final 2020 U.S. Census data is yet to be released, initial reports show that Missouri’s population grew by about 11,000 people from 2019 to 2020. That may not be the case in the Meramec Region, however, as populations in the area have actually been on the decline over the past 10 years.