News to Know 11/19/21

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

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commutes the death sentenced of condemned inmate Julius Jones. Crowds erupted in celebration over the decision near the prison in McAlester where Jones is being held. Jones was set to be executed yesterday afternoon but Governor Stitt announced his decision just hours before, after widespread support for Jones from the public and even some celebrities.

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City shutdown for the day on Thursday due to two fires. Workers discovered the fire from Heartland Home Furnishings to Flossie’s Fried Fancies in the lower western portion of the park. Three buildings were damaged. Authorities are still working to determine the exact cause of the fire. The park will open today, as scheduled.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Allison Blevins is an adjunct professor at Missouri Southern. On Thursday, she released her very own poetry book. Blevins says the book, titled “Slowly Suddenly,” deals with trauma, disabilities, and queer experience. The MSSU English and Philosophy Department hosted the release and a reading by Blevins.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Youth Council is encouraging families to read over Thanksgiving. The council on Thursday hosted a literacy event for families with children between the ages of three and 10. Families were asked to donate a book that will be passed along to area organizations working with children on reading.

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