News to Know (12/22/21)

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – 14-months after the first sale of medical marijuana in Missouri, the state has reached a milestone. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports dispensaries in the state have sold $200-million dollars in product. Missouri has more than 158-thousand qualified medical marijuana patients, and 32-hundred caregivers.

GIRARD, Kan. – The Crawford County Jail has added some new eyes. Officials have added cameras to the facility. The cameras are operated and positioned in such a way to prevent blind spots, helping to insure security for inmates and jail staff. The cameras also allow jailers to spot potential mechanical issues before they become worse. The jail added around 40 cameras.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – With Christmas and other holidays approaching, a lot of people are expected to travel in the next few weeks. But the omicron variant of covid-19 is raising concern for health officials and locals in southeast Kansas. To insure residents are safe for their holiday visits, the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas on Tuesday handed out at-home tests in Pittsburg. They provided two types of tests, one requiring a cell phone. Results for both tests can be expected in as little as 15 minutes.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Tuesday Neighborhood Lifehouse in Joplin hosted its Christmas candlelight service. It was a night of worship and reflection for those in attendance. Choir and dance students performed, and soup was available to warm folks up. Lifehouse had hosted the event for 12 years prior to the pandemic. They took a break last year due to safety concerns.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: As we finish up 2021, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your life goals. This morning we are asking what is on your bucket list? Is it finishing the next level of education, building a project, making amends, trying new foods, or maybe something entirely different? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote @ koamnewsnows.com/vote.