News to Know (10/14/21)

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

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Covid numbers are declining across the 4-states. According to data from the Missouri and Kansas Departments of Health, cases in our area have dropped in the past week compared to two weeks ago. In Kansas, Cherokee, Crawford, Bourbon and Labette counties have reported lower covid numbers, with Neosho County showing a slight increase in cases. In Missouri — Vernon, Barton, Jasper, and McDonald show lower case numbers while Newton County has seen a slight increase. COVID numbers trending down in most parts of the four-states

JOPLIN, Mo. – At the Freeman media briefing yesterday officials discussed declining covid cases as well, including a decline in the number of people hospitalized with covid. Additionally, Freeman’s Chief Clinical Officer, Jeff Thompson, discussed the new Merck pill, that’s designed to treat covid. Merck requested emergency use authorization from the FDA on Monday and Thompson says there are still a number of unanswered questions on exactly how the pill will roll out. Freeman officials discuss Merck COVID treatment pill

JOPLIN, Mo. – The city of Joplin and Missouri Southern hand out certificates for the first graduates of the new fire academy. MSSU and the city together created the academy earlier this year and classes started in the summer. Two students received their certificates on Wednesday. One of them was honored with the Steve Fierro Endowed Memorial Scholarship award, honoring a Carthage firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2004. MSSU awards certificates to Fire Academy graduates

SENECA, Mo. – The Eastern Shawnee tribe is helping the Seneca, Missouri Fire Department build a new station. The tribe yesterday donated $373-thousand dollars for the project. Tribal officials say it’s a win-win for both parties.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: California is banning the sale of gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers by the year 2024 and the sale of gas-powered generators under 25 horsepower in 2028. While many say they understand the need for zero-emission, many others are struggling with the transition. We’re asking… where do you get your energy from: traditional sources… green sources… or a combination of both? Join the KOAM Facebook discussion and vote on our KOAM InstaPoll@