KOAM News to Know (9/6/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

TRENTON, N.J. – The death total from Hurricane Ida continues to rise, with 68 confirmed deaths and several still missing. More than 600-thousand homes remain without power. This comes as President Biden declared a major disaster in New Jersey on Sunday. The declaration will make federal funding available to state residents in six counties, allowing for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans and other financial assistance.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage Water and Electric plant distribution crews are back home after a week spent helping those affected by Hurricane Ida. The crews worked to restore the power grid along the gulf coast. They were joined in southwest Mississippi by volunteers from Independence, Nixa, Lebanon and others.

GIRARD, Kan. – Fire crews rescue a 65-year old woman from a burning house in Girard Sunday. Police say the fire started around 10:00am. When responders arrived on scene, they found 65-year-old Gayla Reinkens still inside. She was transported to Girard Hospital. 39-year-old Samuel Reinkens was able to get out on his own. Officials say he suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Girard Hospital. The Kansas State Fire Marshall’s office is assisting in the investigation.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Two of the industry’s biggest poultry companies agree to pay nearly 35 million dollars to settle a lawsuit with chicken farmers. The suit accused both Tyson foods and Perdue farms along with several other firms, of conspiring to dominate the industry and fix the prices paid to farmers who raise chickens. Tyson and Perdue agreed to the settlement last week without admitting any wrongdoing, while the lawsuit remains pending against several other industry giants — including Pilgrim’s Pride, Koch Foods, and Sanderson Farms.

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