State and Regional News

Regional unemployment jumped in March, expected even higher in April

    As Missouri begins to reopen under the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan set out by Governor Mike Parson, the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) announced new unemployment numbers on Friday, May 8, as well as resources to help businesses and workers return to work. As of Monday, specific county unemployment numbers were only available as of the end of March. April numbers will likely be worse.

COVID 19 pandemic compounding the rural health care crisis

BY CLAIRE HASSLER, GABY MORERA DI NUBILA, CHENGZI CAO AND MINH CONNORS, Missouri News Network
As hospitals brace for a potential uptick in COVID-19 cases with the state reopening, small Missouri communities are facing problems exacerbated by the rural health care crisis that was already taking place in the U.S.

Gun legislation added to massive public safety bill

BY MADISON CZOPEK, Missouri News Network
Debate on a public safety omnibus bill that reached the House floor Tuesday focused heavily on gun legislation, as lawmakers proposed amendments that focus on preserving Second Amendment rights and eliminating many “gun-free zones” in Missouri.