State and Regional News

Ashcroft announces availability of free on-demand archival workshops

   Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Records Services Division of his office and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) are offering free on-demand workshops covering a variety of archives, records management and genealogy-related topics between Oct. 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020. These educational opportunities are made possible through a State Board Programming Grant from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives and Records Association.

Missouri Department of Labor adds 24/7 online service

In an effort to make Missouri state government more responsive and accessible to its citizens, the Missouri Department of Labor’s (DOLIR’s) State Board of Mediation (SBM) teamed up with the Office of Administration Information Technology Services Division (OA-ITSD) to begin accepting petitions of Certification for Representation, Decertification and amended petitions online at

Over 400,000 Missourians now registered for annual statewide ‘ShakeOut’ earthquake drill on Oct. 17

Two weeks before Missouri’s annual statewide earthquake drill, more than 405,000 people are already registered to participate in the Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” on October 17. A total of more than 2.2 million people are registered in the 14 central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake.

Veteran MoDOT employee is named Central District Engineer

    Machelle Watkins, Jefferson City, has been named the district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District. The district covers 18 counties and includes the cities of Jefferson City and Columbia, as well as the Lake of the Ozarks area. She replaces David Silvester, who left the position to become the district engineer for MoDOT’s Kansas City District.

It’s harvest time, stay alert!

    Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. In the coming weeks, farmers across the state will be harvesting their crops. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to share the road. Expect to see an increase in farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways. Please obey all traffic laws and remain vigilant. Farmers and motorists alike are encouraged to be safe, courteous drivers.