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Prevalence of Children with Autism Increasing; No One Factor to Blame, MU Researcher Says‏

Jesslyn Tenhouse, COLUMBIA, Mo. – The number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased nearly 80 percent in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced.

MDC confirms White-Nose Syndrome in bats in Lincoln County

A deadly disease in bats called “White-Nose Syndrome” was confirmed on this tri-colored bat from a cave in Lincoln County in March 2012. The name describes the white fungus,
Geomyces destructans, shown on the face and wings of the infected bat.  Photo courtesy MDC.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received confirmation that a deadly disease in bats called “White-Nose Syndrome” (WNS) has been found in three bats from two caves in Lincoln County.

Missouri State Parks announces Camp Smart program‏

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Parks encourages its visistors to help implement a green initiative, Camp Smart, throughout its park system that will help conserve energy, protect the environment and save money. Reducing energy use will also help Missouri State Parks keep camping fees low.

MDC and Ameren launch WOW program to improve wildlife habitat

Ameren Vegetation Supervisor Transmission Chad Warren and MDC Private Land Conservationist Jennifer Porcelli discuss options for habitat improvements as part of the cooperative project, Wires Over Wildlife.  MDC photo.

ST. LOUIS, Mo -- In partnership with Ameren Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has created a new program to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat on land underneath Ameren transmission lines.

The History of National Women's History Month

Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Cofounder, National Women's History Project

As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness.

“Growing Up Denatured: It’s Time for Kids to Go Back Outside”

Photo by David Stonner, courtesy MDC.

Educators, youth leaders and parents will learn about "Nature Deficit Disorder" and outdoor experiences that reconnect children with nature, cosponsored by the MDC.

Events to celebrate Women's History Month

Missouri Department of Labor, Jefferson City, Mo. - Though the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909, the earliest observation of Women’s History Week would not occur until 1978. 

Saint Louis Zoo Association Agrees to Conditional Contract to Purchase Forest Park Hospital Property

Purchase Could Offer Zoo Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Buy this Site, Allowing Zoo to Further Enhance Visitor Experience

March is National Women's History Month

You may have noticed in the past few days we have published several stories highlighting women.  That is because March is National Women's History Month.  Women's Education and Women's Empowerment is the theme for National Women's History Month 2012. 

Although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, this reversal of the gender gap is a very recent phenomenon.

New MU Report Could Improve Lives of Missouri Women

Univeristy of Missouri, COLUMBIA, Mo. – Though women are better represented in the workforce and in higher education institutions, they still face barriers in employment, education and health care access and are more likely to live in poverty.

Missouri unemployment hits 3-year low

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s unemployment rate in January was the lowest it’s been since shortly after the 2008 stock market crash.

According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, last month’s unemployment dropped to a rate of 7.2 percent. That’s down from 8 percent the previous month as a result of 21,000 new jobs added.

That number is also well below the national unemployment rate for January, which was 8.3 percent. It is also Missouri’s lowest unemployment rate since November 2008 when the jobless rate was 7.2 percent statewide.

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