Flu activity is currently widespread throughout Missouri. 11,171 cases of influenza have been reported in Missouri so far. 11 people have died from influenza-associated illness this season. Nationally, influenza activity remains high, and forecasts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that it will remain elevated for several more weeks.
State and Regional News
The Maries County Sheriff’s Department warns residents of an upcoming episode of television focusing on a murder that took place near Vichy more than 20 years ago. The department said residents should be aware of the episode, as it might bring back memories for those who were affected by the murders and subsequent execution of the murderer.
To improve the performance and the integrity of the unemployment insurance (UI) program while reducing operating costs, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Division of Employment Security (DES) recently removed the option to file initial unemployment claims and weekly requests for payment via its Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system, which resulted in the DES realizing an initial savings of over $60,000 per year in software licensing.
As 2019 comes to a close, Governor Mike Parson highlights the state’s many successes and accomplishments over the past year.
“From economic and workforce development to rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, 2019 has been an exciting year for Missouri,” Governor Parson said. “We've had some big wins worth celebrating and have shown what major progress we can make by working together for the people of Missouri. We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished in 2019 and look forward to another successful year in 2020.”
Governor Mike Parson has announced his consent to initial refugee resettlement in Missouri in response to Executive Order 13888 signed by President Donald J. Trump on September 26, 2019.