KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-17

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-17
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JOPLIN LAWSUIT

A lawsuit filed seeks to bring down both Howsman buildings in Joplin after the city recently voted to rehab one. Urban Dwellers, which owns the Main Street Lofts at 501 Main Street, is attached to the backside of the Howsman building. It’s filing a suit against the city, the county, and four other defendants. Urban dwellers alleges the deterioration of the Howsman buildings led to flooding and structural damage to the loft property, making a portion unusable.

JOPLIN SENIOR CENTER

The new Joplin Senior Center showed off its new facility with an open house on Thursday. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, folks got to tour the building and talk with staff about some of the programs and activities offered. The new building includes a larger kitchen, an exercise room, a computer lab, and plenty of other features.

GENERIC EPI-PEN

Officials with the food and drug administration have approved a generic version of Epi-pen, the emergency allergy medication. It comes two years after Epi-pen makers Mylan hiked the price of the live-saving device by more than 500%. The new version will be sold by Teva. Several other companies sell products containing the drug epinephrine, but they aren’t usually prescribed by doctors.

ARETHA FRANKLIN

News of Aretha Franklin’s passing sent her 30 greatest hits album soaring to the top of the I-tunes chart. The queen of soul died at her home in Detroit yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. Fans are paying tribute to the legendary songstress from her star on the Hollywood walk of fame to the Apollo Theater in Harlem.