News to Know (1/6/21)

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

ATLANTA, Ga. – CBS News projects Democrat Raphael Warnock has won one of the two U.S. Senate seats in the Georgia runoff elections, beating incumbent Kelly Loeffler. The other race between David Perdue and Jon Ossoff is too close to call as votes are still being counted. At last report Ossoff had a very narrow lead. Democrats need to win both to take control of the U.S. Senate.

JOPLIN, Mo. – If you haven’t received your $600 stimulus payment, there may be a reason. Some people have found when checking the status of their payment the account number it was deposited in was wrong. The account numbers belonged to H&R Block and are associated with a “refund transfer” option. H&R Block officials say they’re aware of issue and working to process payments as quickly as possible.

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. – Officials with the village of Airport Drive, Missouri speak out after the Jasper County Commission denies their request for Cares Act funding. The village says they submitted two applications to the county totaling a little more than $47-thousand dollars. They intended to use the funds to recoup costs associated with two business stimulus programs from in April and May. Officials say those applications were set aside for more than a month before being reviewed and eventually denied this week.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri Southern State University is looking to add to its social media influencer program. The program started about a year ago with eight students, but hit 15 last semester and is steadily growing. Influencers are given free, branded items in exchange for generating social media content for their followers. The idea is to use students for testimonials online, creating a recruitment tool.