State and Regional News

USDA’s decision to increase SNAP will benefit Missouri families 

Empower Missouri and its Food Security Coalition applaud this week's announcement that a long overdue federal increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be taking place on October 1.

Patrol provides synopsis of some new laws

The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law.

Governor announces $400 million plan to improve broadband infrastructure in Missouri 

Today, during a press conference at the Missouri State Fair hosted by the Missouri Farm Bureau, Governor Mike Parson announced plans to deploy more than $400 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to increase broadband internet access, adoption, and assistance statewide.

Patrol to offer first accelerated academy for 114th recruit class

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces it will offer its first 15-week accelerated academy to law enforcement professionals interested in becoming a trooper. This accelerated training is the Patrol’s newest approach to hire the most qualified applicants for the position of trooper.

Census confirms local population decline

    Final census numbers released on August 12 confirmed what the Census Bureau had predicted earlier this year—both Crawford and Phelps counties saw population declines from 2010 to 2020, as did much of the region. Data for cities is yet to be released.