News to Know (1/5/2021)

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ATLANTA, Ga. – President Trump and President-elect Biden campaigned in Georgia on the eve of runoff elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are up against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The GOP will maintain its Senate majority if it holds on to at least one of those seats.

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – The chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission resigns following an external investigation into the cause of a prolonged COVID-19 outbreak in Missouri veterans homes. The investigation found that at the state level, the MVC failed to recognize the outbreak, failed to plan for an extensive outbreak, and failed to respond to the outbreak. Locally, at the Mt. Vernon home, the report noted the home had instituted many positive practices and that at the time of the report the outbreak was contained to the isolation unit.  The MVC sent a statement saying it had already started taking corrective actions.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities have filed charges against a Joplin woman involved in a crash that killed two people. The crash happened at 28th and Connecticut in Joplin Sunday afternoon. Investigators say 30-year-old Rita Glasgow was intoxicated when she drove a reportedly stolen pickup through a stop sign and hit the side of an SUV. Two people in that SUV were killed. They are 55-year-old Terry Copple and 48-year-old Rhonda Copple, both of Joplin.

NOEL, Mo. – Communities are rallying to help find a new place of worship for the Noel, Missouri Islamic community. On December 28, a fire destroyed the Noel Mosque, the central meeting place for the area’s Muslim community. The fire also damaged the adjoining African Grocery Store. So the Joplin Islamic Society and the Bentonville Islamic Center in Arkansas have been raising funds to help the community. In just a week, donations have climbed to $82,000. The immediate plan is to find a space in Noel that the community can rent until a full mosque can be rebuilt.