Missouri unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent

( KTRS ) Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since 2006. The state Department of Economic Development reports that Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in November. That’s down from October and is the lowest mark since April 2006. Missouri’s seasonally adjusted employment rose by 2,200 jobs from October to November.…

Data show Illinois 20th in high school graduation rates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – New data from the U.S. Department of Education show that 86 percent of Illinois students graduate from high school. That’s the 20th-highest graduation rate in the country. The department said Tuesday that the 82.3 percent national graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year was the highest recorded since it started using…

Backlash begins over University of Missouri protest response

( KTRS ) A backlash has begun over how the University of Missouri handled recent turmoil on its Columbia campus. A newly proposed bill that could punish the university, would also revoke scholarships of student athletes who strike. The measure is in response to the Mizzou football team supporting the protests. Legislative leaders say funding for the…