News to Know (1/22/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On his first full day in office, President Biden signed ten executive orders in his administration’s war on covid-19. One of the orders mandates the use of masks in airports, and on planes, trains, and intercity buses. another invokes the defense production act to speed production and delivery of covid tests, vaccine, masks and other PPE for healthcare workers.

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – We’ve lost 13 more people to covid-19, just in Joplin and Jasper County alone. The health department yesterday said the death toll in the city jumped by seven to 112. Elsewhere in the county, it jumped by six to 119. That’s a total of 231 lives lost to covid just in Joplin and Jasper County. The 13 men and women added to the death toll ranged in age from 50 years old, to their 80’s.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri’s covid-19 vaccination map shows only a handful of locations where folks can get vaccinated, but the health department administrator in Newton County, Mssouri says — that’s about to change. The reason many sites do not have vaccines yet, is because they don’t have the means to store the Pfizer vaccine which requires extremely cold temperatures. It’s easier to store the Moderna vaccine, which is what many sites will soon be receiving.

WOODSON COUNTY, Kan. – Several Southeast Kansas law enformcement agencies team up to find and arrest a suspect in multiple crimes including shootings in Coffeyville and Independence. Authorities say they found Benjamin Whitaker Wednesday night in Yates Center after an air and ground search. Whitaker was released on furlough by a Montgomery County judge to attend his grandmother’s funeral, but he never came back. Authorities also say Whitaker stole money from an ATM in Parsons while he was furloughed. He’s now in the Woodson County Jail.

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