News to Know (2/18/21)

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

BALTIMORE, Md. – Federal agents seized some one million counterfeit masks in a warehouse in western Maryland. They uncovered pallets full of fake N-95 masks that were headed to the front lines of the battle against covid-19. N-95 maker 3M says it has filed legal actions over fake masks in more than 20 states.

ALTAMONT, Kan. – Natural gas prices have hit historic highs, which are hitting one town in southeast Kansas hard. Officials with the city of Altamont say their gas prices are normally close to $3 dollars per unit. But yesterday, the price had shot up to more than $260 dollars per unit. Meaning that for a months supply, the city would owe half a million dollars. That’s as much as the city’s natural gas budget for an entire year.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt wants federal disaster declaration to help deal with the aftermath of the winter storms. If approved, the declaration would allow for reimbursement to cities, counties and tribes for costs of eligible emergency protective measures related to mass care and sheltering operations through FEMA’s public assistance program. It would also authorize federal resources to assist state and local governments.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman hospital cancels its vaccine clinic scheduled for today. Officials say it’s due to the weather and the potential danger it presents for people getting a vaccine. The hospital will reschedule the clinic for next week and will contact patients to reschedule their appointments.

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