Missouri Day Festival

Officials release statement on Missouri Days Marching Festival

Officials of the Missouri Days Marching Festival today released a statement regarding plans for the upcoming Marching Band Festival. “2020 has proven difficult to plan anything. While there are many unknowns, we are continually planning for the 2020 Missouri Days Marching Festival. This festival has always put students first. 2020 is nothing different. We fully […]

Chillicothe Correctional Center suspends visitation due to COVID-19

The Chillicothe Correctional Center’s visitation has been suspended until further notice due to positive cases of COVID-19. Missouri Department of Corrections Communications Director Karen Pojmann confirms there are three cases among staff and four among residents. She says mass testing was conducted at the Chillicothe Correctional Center in June, and everyone tested negative at that […]

Unemployment Benefits Graphic

Audio: Mandatory job searches resume this week for unemployed Missourians

Mandatory job searches resume this week for unemployed Missourians.      Missourians who want to continue getting unemployment benefits are required to do job hunting again. The mandate had been lifted temporarily for those who had filed a COVID-19 related unemployment claim.  Individuals without jobs are required to do three work searches each week. Since […]

Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Audio: Missouri education commissioner says closing schools was necessary but kids suffer serious consequences

State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says closing schools was necessary in mid-March to help fight the coronavirus. But she says there are several “serious consequences” that can come from students not attending school in person.     A task force is working to develop tools to help schools identify gaps in student learning, both academically […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Missouri middle school teacher pleads guilty to enticing a minor for sex

A former Joplin, Missouri, middle school teacher has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Tuesday, June 16, to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity.  Schweitzer was a […]

Unemployment

Audio: Missouri pays out approximately $2 billion in unemployment claims during pandemic

Missouri’s governor and state officials say initial unemployment claims have dropped from about 100-thousand in late March to about 20-thousand in early June. Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui addressed the issue during a Statehouse news conference on Tuesday.     The state fully reopened for business on Tuesday, and Director […]