State and Regional News

As Missouri’s COVID-19 cases rise, health departments grapple with contact tracing burdens

By Colleen Wouters, Missouri Information Corps
Nearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, city and county health departments in Missouri are working to expand contact tracing plans. But some say they’re still getting no direction or direct funding from the state.

Missouri’s tourism industry is reopening after being hit hard by COVID-19

By Regan Mertz, Missouri Information Corps
When Colleen Sundlie opened Cafe Dhibs in November, she experienced an influx of customers during the holiday season. The cafe is nestled into Commercial Street in Springfield’s historic district, which draws in-state and out-of-state tourists.

Free online classes now available to Missourians through Coursera partnership

Missouri workers who have been displaced by the economic disruption can now enroll in online classes for free. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera, an online learning platform, to help Missourians skill up and get back to work.

Governor signs HB 1768 and HB 2120 extending Missouri Broadband Grant Program

Governor Mike Parson has signed HB 1768 and HB 2120 extending the Missouri Broadband Grant Program through 2027.

Governor Parson, state leaders alarmed at rising traffic deaths

    Despite traffic volumes dropping dramatically in 2020 because of the impacts of COVID-19, Missouri has actually experienced a 12 percent rise in roadway fatalities over last year.