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.
State and Regional News
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.
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.
BY MIKAYLA EASLEY, Missouri News Network
Days after it was announced that Medicaid expansion could be on November’s statewide ballot, Missouri lawmakers discussed additional requirements that could limit coverage.
BY EMILY WOLF AND IAN MCMANUS, Missouri News Network
Child care providers and low-income families could soon see some financial relief, thanks to an expansion of the state’s child care assistance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.