News to Know (12/11/20)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coronavirus vaccine is on the verge of being approved in the U.S. An FDA advisory committee voted Thursday to endorse Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use. The agency is expected to move quickly to make it widely available. The vaccine’s approval came on the same day that more than 3,300 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the country. It was the most since the pandemic began, breaking a record set a day earlier.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Now that a covid-19 vaccine is one step closer to approval, pharmacies are getting ready to put it in the hands of those most vulnerable. CVS and Walgreens both have contracts with the federal and state governments to distribute vaccines to long-term care facilities. CVS says they’re hiring more than 10 thousand new employees by the end of the year so they can serve the more than 40,000 facilities that have signed up. Walgreens has increased its ability to store the vaccine that requires sub-zero temperatures.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police arrest two people in connection with a deadly fire on December fourth. The suspects Tiffany Lukasiewicz from from Pittsburg and Elizabeth Baez from joplin are charged with Second Degree Murder, First Degree Arson and First Degree Domestic Assault for the fire on South Picher that killed 68-year-old David Crowder and hospitalized two women.

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative is building solar farms across the state of Kansas. That includes one in Girard near Greenbush along Highway 47. Another solar array will be built in Neosho County between Erie and Chanute along 160th road.

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