Missouri has not seen unemployment figures like this for three years. Until the good times of the last few years, a 4.3 percent unemployment rate had been considered pretty good. That’s what it is in the June figures – up 7-tenths of a point since May. The State Department of Economic Development says Missouri has lost more than 25,000 manufacturing jobs in the last year, another 18,000 durable goods jobs, and another 17,500 positions in business services. Economic Development Director Joe Driskill says it is imperative for the state to find new ways to strengthen manufacturing here.
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The State Health Department is warning of increased tick-borne diseases in Missouri this year. Cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are more than double the average. People can protect themselves from ticks by avoiding tall grassy areas, bushes and woods, and forest edges. If you find a tick embedded in your skin, you’re advised to remove the tick, using steady pressure. Do not burn the tick and do not handle it with bare hands.
Wednesday is a deadline for Missourians wanting to get their names on the state’s No-Call telephone solicitation list. There will be other chances, but this is the deadline for inclusion on the new list that goes to telemarketers. Attorney General Jay Nixon says he’s ben playing hardball with telemarketers violating the No-Call List. complaints can be filed by downloading a form online or by calling the Attorney General’s office and requesting a form. The toll free telephone number is 1-866-NO CALL.
Voters in northwest Missouri’s 3rd Legislative District go to the polls next Tuesday to cast ballots in a special election to send a State Representative to Jefferson City to replace David Klindt, who was elected to the State Senate. Roscoe Moulthrop, who served 27 years in the Air Force, represents the Republicans while the Democrats are represented Trenton car dealership owner Jim Whorton. Moulthrop has several priorities, including new roads for rural Missouri. But he does not want taxes increased to pay for the projects. Whorton says his priority is taking care of the needs of senior citizens. Both candidates believe they can make a difference in Jefferson City.
Paul Byrd (2-4) gets the start tonight for the Kansas City Royals as they visit the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series. Byrd is coming off a complete game win against Seattle his last time out. the Sox will start Jon Garland tonight. Kansas City is 3-3 thus far on this 12-game road trip.
After an off-day on Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals get back to work tonight as they open a three-game series at home against Atlanta. The Cardinals will give the ball to Dustin Hermanson, the righthander is 8-8 on the season. Atlanta counters with Kevin Millwood, he’s 2-4. St. Louis comes into play 8 1/2 games out of first in the National League Central. They are six games out of the wild card.
Two-a-day workouts continue today for both the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Rams. Both teams will spend their morning sessions concentrating on special teams while the afternoon workouts will be business as usual. The Rams are moving closer towards their exhibition opener. That will be Monday night in Canton, Ohio aganst the Miami Dolphins.
The MIAA released its pre-season poll on Monday and to no one’s surprise, Northwest Missouri State was the choice as the #1 team. The Bearcats are coming off a fifth-consectutive MIAA title, although they lost in the first round of the Division II playofs. Missouri Western is also highly regarded heading into the season as they are ranked third. Central Missouri State is the number #4 pre-season team.
Something new and something better. That’s what’s being prommised to state employees by the first union to file petitions asking for a unionizing vote. The first group to get enough petitions asking for a vote is made up of 2,000 case managers in employment security, workforce development, and probation and parole. The Service Employees International Union hopes the workers will vote to let the union bargain collectively for them. The state has about 60,000 employees. This first organizational effort affects about 2,000 of them. Health care workers will be the next targets of organizing efforts.
Red oak borers are devastating vast tracks of forests in Arkansas. And Missouri foresters are watching out for the insects in this state. Forest rangers in Arkansas have seen the insects severely infest 300,000 acres with estimated damages in the million board feet range. Here in Missouri, the bugs haven’t been as bad, despite some of the same conditions. Missouri forests are in pretty good shape, but foresters are watching the areas of thin soils where the trees are already weakened.