Independence National Historical Park, U. S. Department of the Interior.

October 1820 marked the return of the Major Stephen H. Long expedition to Missouri from its explorations in the central plains. The scientists, artists, soldiers, and others of the expedition studied local animals and plants, described geology and countryside, created improved maps, held councils with Indian tribes, ascended Pike’s Peak, and named Long’s Peak in Colorado. Edwin James, geologist and botanist, chronicled the trip.

Missouri education officials aren’t ready to declare teachers essential workers, but a few school districts are doing it anyway.

Essential employees can continue coming to work if they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, as long as they don’t have any symptoms. It’s a classification that’s kept hospitals and health clinics staffed throughout the pandemic. Making school personnel essential could keep schools open for in-person learning during an unprecedented substitute teacher shortage.

Southeast Missouri State University

Dan Woods spoke with Nathan Bullock. He is the Dean of Extended Learning at Southeast Missouri State University. He shared some of the latest happenings at the university's regional campuses, about a new Learning Management System and more.

Ameren Missouri will build a network of electric charging stations along Interstates 70, 40 and 55 by the end of the year.

Ameren Missouri is among six Midwest utilities planning to build charging stations in several states, including Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma. The multistate network is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

As more people rely on electric vehicles, additional charging stations are needed on highways to keep them running, Ameren Missouri officials said.

Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University recently announced the expansion of its test optional admissions and scholarship offerings available to beginning freshmen entering Southeast in fall 2021 to increase access to higher education.

According to Lenell Hahn, director of Admissions, Southeast became a test-optional institution in fall of 2019. The expansion is offering admission to students with a 2.75 GPA after graduating high school.