News to Know (11/24/20)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The General Services Administration is now acknowledging Joe Biden as the ‘apparent winner’ of the 2020 election. The decision by the GSA came more than two weeks after CBS News and other media organizations projected Mister Biden’s victory. Earlier Monday, Michigan certified its election results and declared Biden the winner there. On Saturday, a federal judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit aimed at delaying Pennsylvania’s certification process. The G-S-A’s move gives Biden’s transition team funding and access to the federal agencies it will run.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin City Officials held a briefing discussing several topics, including the mandate. The mandate went into effect last thursday following a special meeting of the city council. A lot of members of the public have spoken out in support of and in opposition to the mandate, and many wonder how the city can enforce it. City leaders say the ordinance spells out enforcement, but it all comes back to the businesses.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman has started a petition to recall members of the city council who voted for the new mask mandate. Six of nine council members voted in favor of the mandate last Thursday. A petition organizer believes the council members should be removed from office for failing to protect the federal and state constitutional rights of citizens. She says the petition needs more than 7,600 signatures to force a recall vote.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – McDonald County authorities release the name of the suspect and victim in a weekend shooting death. The prosecutor’s office charged Shun’tavion Thomas of Noel with Second Degree Murder. Thomas is accused of shooting and killing Jonathan Arellanos of Noel at a Noel apartment complex Sunday morning.

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