State and Regional News

State of Missouri $33.5 million grant to improve early learning

Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that the State of Missouri has received a $33.5 million grant aimed at coordinating a more effective, high-quality early learning system that better prepares Missouri children for success.

First project in governor’s Focus on Bridges Program opens to yraffic

 Just six months after the program’s launch in May, the first project in Governor Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges program is now partially open to traffic. A new Route 72 bridge over Stouts Creek in Iron County opened to one lane of traffic this morning.

Lower unemployment leads to reduced taxes for Missouri businesses

For the third year in a row, thousands of Missouri’s employers will see a reduction in their unemployment insurance (UI) taxes due to a decrease in Missouri’s UI taxable wage base (TWB). For Missouri employers the TWB will decrease $500 as of January 1, 2020, from $12,000 to $11,500.

State fire marshal reminds Missourians to think of fire safety throughout the holidays

State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is encouraging Missourians to think of fire safety throughout the holidays, whether they’re gathering with friends or celebrating with family members at home. Across the U.S. from 2013 to 2017, fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires started by Christmas trees each year. Annually, the fires resulted in an average of three deaths and 15 injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.