News you need: record low unemployment and a welcome surprise

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin and Missouri’s unemployment remained at a record low in August. The Joplin unemployment rate was 2.4%. According to the Missouri economic research and information center, this is the lowest it has been since 1990. Before this summer, Joplin has a previous low of 2.7% over a 5-month stretch in the fall and summer of 2018 — before the pandemic.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas governor Laura Kelly on Monday announced Kansas has received more than 12.6 million dollars to help 13 community mental health centers. It will help qualify them as certified community behavioral health clinics.  the funds will help the centers offer new services such as substance abuse disorder treatments and integrating behaviorial health care with physical health care.

ANDERSON, Mo. — Middle schoolers from McDonald County school district got a chance to meet best-selling author Dusti Bowling. Bowling books are popular across the nation with middle-grade readers. She wants to inspire kids to read and showcase how diversity can create exciting stories.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — On Monday a local teacher was surprised with an award. Hannah Pritchard teaches third grade at Fairview Elementary in Carthage. Arvest Bank handed out five hundred dollar gift cards to 145 teachers across the 4-states as part of its we love teacher awards. Pritchard was one of those teachers honored.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *