News to Know (12/3/20)

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

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Some students at Pittsburg State University get a much needed financial boost as the university finishes distributions of Cares Act funding. PSU received a total of more than $2.6 Million for students. The funds were distributed in three phases. The first phase went to pell grant students who automatically qualified to receive the funds. The second and third phases were distributed to students who applied for the funds and were eligible.

JOPLIN, Mo. – New data suggests that learning loss during the pandemic hasn’t been as bad as originally feared. NWEA says reading assessments were similar this semester to fall 2019. And in math, they were between five and 10 percent lower. That’s nationwide, and for grades three through eight Joplin says they’ve seen similar numbers. Their reading assessment showed a three percent drop, with math dropping ten percent.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin City Council sets goals on improving the city’s appearance, including public areas maintained by the city. Areas like sidewalks, curbs, right-of-ways, and city parks are all part of that goal for areas of improvement. City leaders say they developed this goal after noticing some of the city’s public areas weren’t quite up to the standards they’d like.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said Wednesday the state expects to receive its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. She said the vaccine will be distributed in three phases and her plan is in line with recommendations from the CDC. Kansas is expected to receive 24,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December and roughly another 49,000 from Moderna shortly after.

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