Tax Credit

Lawmakers propose permanent tax credit to stimulate development in nation’s underserved areas

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) have introduced a measure to permanently extend the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), which has created jobs and driven investment in neighborhoods with high poverty and unemployment rates. The New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act (S.456) will permanently authorize a 39 percent federal tax credit for […]

Jerry Armstrong

Audio: Former coach at Trenton High School and member of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame dies at 76

A former coach at Trenton High School and other schools, Jerry Armstrong, died February 4th at his home in Mountain Grove. He was 76. Jerry Armstrong completed 30 years of service as a high school coach, teacher, and administrator. He was an assistant boys basketball coach at Trenton High School in the 1966-1967 school year […]

Jobs Report or unemployment

Missouri monthly jobs report for November, 2020

The Missouri labor market showed further improvement in November 2020. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 17,400 jobs over the month. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points from October 2020 to November 2020, and the civilian labor force increased more than 23,000. However, the labor market still showed substantial losses from […]

Coronavirus News Graphic

COVID-19 Update: Putnam County reports 35 new cases, Mercer County 3 and Grundy County 4 new cases

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Putnam County have increased by 35 since December 1st, which brings the total to 270. The health department notes 20 of the confirmed cases are in long-term care facilities. Thirty-nine cases are active. Two COVID-19-related deaths have been reported for Putnam County. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased in Mercer County by […]

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‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

(Missouri Independent) – Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis […]

Unemployment

Unemployment rates in northern Missouri take a huge dive compared to August

County unemployment rates are down considerably when comparing the September numbers with August. The Division of Employment Security reports Missouri’s unemployment rate last month dropped to 4.3% compared to an August rate that was 7.1%. For Grundy County, the state report shows 108 unemployed out of a civilian labor force of just over 4,300. That’s […]

Guilty Plea

Robert Shiflett enters “Guilty” plea, waives formal arraignment in Caldwell County court

A Brookfield man accused of driving the wrong way at a high speed on U. S. Highway 36 in December waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of guilty in Division One of Caldwell County Circuit Court Thursday, July 16th. Online court information shows the prosecutor dismissed two counts for 58-year-old Robert Shiflett. In exchange […]