State and Regional News

Celebrate safely during the Fourth of July weekend

    Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, is encouraging Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. Many people will travel somewhere to enjoy the wide variety of recreational opportunities in our state. No matter what you plan for the long weekend, you can choose to follow all Missouri traffic and boating laws.

Preventing heat deaths: 5 of Missouri’s 19 heat-related deaths last year were children left in vehicles

In 2018 in Missouri, five children died as a result of being left behind in hot vehicles, according to data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The deaths serve as a reminder of the absolute importance of taking precautions to protect against summer heat and humidity, particularly in vehicles.

Missouri ranks 28th of 50 states in dhild well-being

• U.S. Child Population Grows and Changes: 74 Million Kids to Shape Future of More Diverse America

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo/June 18, 2019 -- The approximately 1.4 million children who comprise nearly one quarter of Missouri’s population are more likely to live in poverty than Missouri’s children in 1990. According to the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.