News to Know (1/12/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House democrats plan to impeach President Trump again, unless Vice President Mike Pence takes action to remove the president from office. A vote on a single article of impeachment is planned for tomorrow. It accuses the president of inciting an insurrection, when a crowd of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson began a new term in office yesterday, with an inaugural ceremony marking the start of Missouri’s bicentennial celebration. This marks Parson’s first full elected term as governor after taking over for former Governor Eric Greitens in 2018. Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick and Attorney General Eric Schmitt were also sworn in yesterday.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Construction on the new Jasper County Courts building is officially underway. The 80-thousand square foot building will be at Seventh and Pearl in Joplin, across the street from the existing building. Demolition to the existing parking lot started Friday, with South Pearl Avenue from Sixth to Seventh streets being closed permanently. One of the biggest challenges for drivers during the two-year construction project will be finding a place to park when they have court business. Once the new building is completed, the old courts building will be torn down to create parking.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Proposed ban on police choke-holds in Missouri is beginning to gain traction in the legislature. Choke-holds have been used for decades but have fallen under greater scrutiny recently, most notably after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the neck of George Floyd last year until he stopped breathing. Republican Senator Shamed Dogan is partnering with Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden and Democrats to outlaw the practice. The proposed bill would also ban police from having sex with people in police custody.

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