State and Regional News

Local families can collect school supplies for children worldwide

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted everyday life in some way for nearly everyone on the planet. Yet, Samaritan’s Purse continues to share hope through a shoebox. Staff and volunteers want boys and girls around the world to know they are loved and not forgotten during this time of fear and uncertainty.

Area unemployment remained high in June

    Area unemployment rates remained historically high in June but continued on a mostly downward trend since peaking in April when the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of nonessential businesses. Initial monthly jobless claims also dropped.

Governor Parson authorizes $37 Million of CARES Act funding to Mental Health

Mental Health services have changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many service providers have lost significant revenue due to disruptions in service while incurring substantial additional costs for testing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and overtime. This week Governor Parson made available more than $37 million in CARES Act funding to help behavioral health and developmental disabilities services in five areas.

Ashcroft announces free genealogy conference registrations

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft today announced that the Missouri State Archives and Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) are offering 45 Lite Registration Packages, each valued at $130, to representatives of the state’s genealogical and historical societies interested in attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) 2020 virtual Family History Conference. These registrations are made possible through support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grants program of the National Archives and Records Administration.