State and Regional News

Governor declares August 16-22 as Water and Wastewater Treatment Workers Week

                  Governor Mike Parson has signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 16-22, 2020, as Water and Wastewater Treatment Workers Week in Missouri.

Missouri POST Commission and Department of Public Safety invite public to comment on law enforcement training and discipline in Missouri

The Missouri POST Commission and the Department of Public Safety today invited Missourians to participate in a survey on law enforcement training and discipline in Missouri. The Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission and DPS are interested in gaining feedback from both the public and law enforcement officers as they review current training curriculum and Missouri’s disciplinary process. Members of the public are invited to comment through Aug. 26, 2020 at

Missouri S&T researchers recommend combination of filters for homemade masks, other PPE

A team of researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology found that several layers of household air filters can achieve filtration performance similar to masks rated N95 – masks that capture 95% of particles. The researchers studied the filtration performance of non-medical materials and recommend making homemade face masks with a combination of fibrous and fabric materials. They say the materials will sufficiently remove aerosols and avoid the inhalation of fiber fragments generated during the cutting and folding of the filters. 

Missouri receives grant for Shared Work Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) yesterday announced that the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR) is the recipient of two grants, totaling over $1.8 million to improve and promote its short-time compensation (STC) program called the Missouri Shared Work Unemployment Compensation program. Missouri is the first state to apply for and receive the maximum amount available under the grant program.

ECC planning video commencement

    East Central College will be recognizing 2020 graduates through a recorded Commencement video in lieu of an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.