News to Know (11/26/20)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans hit the roads, rails and skies to celebrate Thanksgiving today despite warnings from federal health officials. Now they worry the holiday gatherings could worsen the covid-19 surge already sweeping the nation. The total number of covid-19 cases in the U.S. is fast approaching 13 million after surpassing 12 million over the weekend.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – As some 4-staters hit road for thanksgiving, some local officials are working to keep travel safe. KDOT officials say in addition to your regular travel items, you should take hand sanitizer. Officials with the Kansas and Missouri highway patrols say they’ve noticed more inattentive drivers — some ultimately crossing lanes and causing crashes. However, Kansas officials say they don’t expect a significant increase in traffic.

NIXA, Mo. – A Southwest Missouri man dies in a wreck in Christian County, Missouri. It happened yesterday morning around 6:45 am, about a mile south of Nixa. 20-year-old Jacob Davis of Ponce de Leon, Missouri was traveling south on main street when his vehicle left the road, striking a tree. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The city council in Carthage, Missouri has passed a mask ordinance — but it will *not* be going into effect. Mask mandates have a lot of passionate proponents and detractors but every speaker and council member who addressed the proposed Carthage ordinance at Wednesday’s special council meeting was civil while presenting arguments. The ordinance ultimately passed by a vote of 6-4m but was then vetoed by the mayor.

What are you most thankful for this year?