News to Know (10/7/21)

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

JOPLIN, Mo. – Covid-19 vaccination status is affecting some peoples health insurance rates but not in Missouri. Delta Airlines recently made headlines when it announced it was raising insurance premiums on its unvaccinated employees by $200 a month. Missouri’s “Covid-19 Dashboard” says a little over 48 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, which means a lot of Missourians will be paying more if their employer goes the same route as Delta. But the president of Joplin’s Insurance Center says that’s not currently the case in the show-me state. COVID-19 vaccinations & insurance costs

STELLA, Mo. – Area students get a valuable lesson on fire safety. The Stella, Missouri fire department visited Triway Elementary. The firefighters taught the students about fire prevention and what to do if they are involved in a fire.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Domino’s in Pittsburg is also taking part in Fire Prevention Week. Some customers on Wednesday were randomly selected and surprised at the door with their pizza delivered by a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the customer’s home were working, the pizza was free. If not, the fire fighters installed a new alarm or replaced the batteries.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tuesday, a Facebook staffer testified to congress about what she sees as the company prioritizing profits over public good. The focus of the hearing was on Facebook’s internal research that showed Instagram can have a negative effect on young people. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley plans to push legislation that could see tech companies sued over damages to children.

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