KOAM News to Know (9/9/21)

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

JOPLIN, Mo – Hundreds of work-from-home jobs are currently available in the Joplin area. The latest data from the Bureau of Labor statistics shows 13-percent of employed people teleworked or worked from home in the last four weeks because of the pandemic. But now, some local businesses are hiring new employees specifically for work from home positions. Tele-Performance and Dish Network have ads listed online for remote work in the area and Alorica in Joplin is working on hiring 600 employees, none of whom will go to the office. Joplin employers embracing work from home model.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman Health officials spoke about the upcoming flu season and how the pandemic could affect it. Last year flu cases hit a record low — which health experts attribute to increased masking and cleaning practices. Because of the low exposure last year the CDC worries more people could be vulnerable this flu season. Freeman officials recommend everyone keep wearing masks, practice regular hand-washing, and get the flu vaccine. Freeman officials recommend flu vaccine in briefing

JOPLIN, Mo. – Several county and city health departments are reporting new covid-19 related deaths. The Joplin Health Department reports one death, bringing the city’s total deaths to 165. The Jasper County Health Department reports five more deaths, bringing the county’s total to 207. And in Crawford County, two more people have died bringing that county’s total to 104.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Authorities capture a Pittsburg man after a standoff. Police say late last month William Patton, who was on house arrest, removed his ankle monitor. After following up on several tips Pittsburg police tracked down Patton at a Pittsburg home on East 9th. After an hours long stand-off that involved multiple police agencies, including the KBI, law officers arrested Patton. Patton now faces additional charges of felony interference with law enforcement and unlawfully tampering with an electronic monitoring device. That’s in addition to numerous previous charges that include aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated assault. Wanted Pittsburg man arrested after 9 hour standoff

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