State and Regional News

Unemployment rate remains at near record lows

Missouri's unemployment rate came in at 3.3 percent in December, and the state finished the year having added 20,000 jobs to the economy.
Missouri’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate saw near record lows through the summer and fall of 2019, edging as low as 3.1 percent, but held steady at 3.3 percent for six months out of the year.

Shortage of blood, platelets taking place

By Dr. Rhonda Cooke, MD, Pathologist
    Blood Transfusion is one of the most common procedures performed in the hospital.  Transfusions are needed every day for trauma patients, cancer patients, and surgery patients.  There is no substitute for blood and all of the blood products that hospitals receive come from volunteer donors.  The BJC Hospital System, including Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, receives their blood products from the American Red Cross, which collects whole blood, double red blood cell, and platelet donations from local donors.

Highway Patrol seeking applicants

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri.

Missouri higher education institutions state their case for more funding

By Ian McManus, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers met twice in the last week to hear college and university presidents state their cases for additional funding. Themes of dilapidated infrastructure and slowing growth dominated the conversations about future funding.

Lawmakers show bipartisan support for bills restricting seclusion, restraint in schools

By Emily Wolf, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — There is no state law regulating seclusion and restraint in schools. A bipartisan effort is pushing to change that.
Reps. Dottie Bailey, R-Eureka, and Ian Mackey, D-St. Louis, have filed House Bill 1568 and House Bill 1569 to put rules in place on schools utilizing seclusion and restraint techniques on students. The legislation closely mirrors legislation Mackey proposed in the 2019 legislative session.