News to Know (10/20/20)

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

JOPLIN, Mo. – The search continues for a missing teen from Joplin. 14-year-old Leora Hardee went missing more than a month ago, on September 17th. On September 28th, Joplin police were joined by several federal and local agencies to do a search of the north part of Joplin. On friday, the case received national attention when it appeared on A & E’s Live Rescue. Joplin police say they’ve now followed up on more than 120 leads.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin City Council approves the budget for the next fiscal year unanimously at last night’s meeting. That budget includes a nine percent, across the board wage increase for *all* city employees. It also is preparing for the potential continued impacts of Covid-19 by ensuring the city can be ready for any potential loss of revenue.

NEOSHO, Mo. – 60 people in Neosho, Missouri will soon be losing their jobs. Missouri Walnut LLC is closing a portion of its business in early December. This is expected to be a permanent closing of the entire sawmill and trucking facility. Current employees will have options to trasnfer to other jobs or locations.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A single-vehicle crash claims the life of a Baxter Springs, Kansas resident. The incident happened on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 around 2:00 p.m. on U166, about 1.1 miles east of Baxter Springs. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a GMC pickup was driving west when it went off the roadway to the left and hit a tree. The driver, 61-year-old Bruce W. Rardin did not survive the crash.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With just two weeks left until Election Day, President Trump continues to hold rallies across the country. Democratic nominee Joe Biden is taking a break from the campaign trail to prepare for Thursday night’s final presidential debate. On Monday, the organizers announced rule changes that include muting the candidates’ microphones while the other is speaking, but only for two minutes at the start of each topic.