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Jobless rate climbs in most areas

HANNIBAL | As nearly 41 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past 10 weeks, Northeast Missouri’s jobless rates have climbed, although more slowly than the national trend.

Jobless rate started to spike in March
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Jobless rate started to spike in March

March unemployment rates for Missouri counties show a snapshot of the first wave of unemployment filings due to the coronavirus disruptions

United Way gets $50,000 grant to fight impact of COVID-19

United Way gets $50,000 grant to fight impact of COVID-19

HANNIBAL | The United Way of the Mark Twain Area has received a $50,000 investment from the Missouri Foundation for Health for the organization's COVD-19 Response Fund.


“We're both stunned and gratified by this investment in the people of Northeast Missouri. We are committed to putting this money to good use helping the thousands of people affected by COVID-19. We will be good stewards,” said United Way vice president and campaign chairman Forrest Gossett.


Dollars given to the fund are directed to local non-profit organizations that are assisting individuals with their needs during this time. Many local organizations are increasing their services, having to provide services differently or are creating new programs to help individuals with needs due to COVID-19.

United Way establishes COVID-19 Response Fund

United Way establishes COVID-19 Response Fund

A COVID-19 Response Fund has been created by the United Way of the Mark Twain Area to help partner organizations better serve clients during disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


 Executive Director Denise Damron said some of the area's most vulnerable individuals have been affected by the precautions that are designed to lower the risk of spreading the virus.


Many of the nutrition centers have stopped congregate feeding and will face new challenges and costs in getting food to clients.


“My understanding is that senior centers get paid for the individuals that come in their doors. They're not going to have those headcounts and these places are needed now more than ever before,” Damron said.


Damron said on Friday that General Mills has donated $7,000 to get the fund launched. United Way will set priorities to distribute the money.

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Region responds to fight COVID-19

Hospitals, schools and government officials are working together in unprecedented ways to fight the COVID- 19 coronavirus

Medicaid expansion drive makes headway
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Medicaid expansion drive makes headway

Healthcare for Missouri officials believe they'll easily gather enough petition signatures to get a Medicaid expansion question on ballots in November

Homeless count shows hidden population
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Homeless count shows hidden population

Agencies that fanned out across rural areas on Jan. 29, tried to count the number of homeless people in each Missouri county

Crews focus on year's first storm
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Crews focus on year's first storm

HANNIBAL | Street and highway crews have watched as the first winter storm of 2020 was approaching.


“It looks like we'll get quite a bit of rain, especially to the south. There may be a chance of flash flooding. Then starting Friday night or Saturday there may be a little bit of ice and a couple of inches of snow,” said Brian Untiedt, area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation's Northeast District.


Those details were known Wednesday afternoon and Untiedt said MoDOT crews were preparing snow plows and making plans to keep highways open in 17 counties stretching from the Missouri River to the Iowa border.


“We have 165 trucks to take care of the roads and we have about 10,000 lane miles that we plow,” Untiedt said.