The company says demand for its products is down and retailers are trying to reduce inventory. Despite the layoffs, hirings are expected in the fall, according to the plant manager. Briggs & Stratton is the largest employer in the Poplar Bluff region.
For the week ending March 21, Missouri had the nation's second-highest number of new unemployment claims, behind California. The 669,000 claims nationwide was the highest total in more than 26 years. The Labor Department expects to show in an upcoming report America's unemployment increased to 8.5 percent at the end of March.
Winston's Sheriff Department discovered a squalid, unlicensed puppy mill after responding to and shooting a rampaging chimpanzee. The mill, run by the chimp's owners, held an estimated 100 to 200 small-breed dogs. Only 13 dogs and two cats were recovered.
The Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was chosen over other bases for the home of the Air Force's Global Strike Command.