News to Know (2/4/2021)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a secret ballot vote, House Republicans overwhelmingly rejected efforts to remove Liz Cheney of Wyoming from leadership. Hard right conservatives turned on her after she voted last month to impeach then-president Donald Trump. And House Republicans are standing by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Today, democrats are expected to vote on whether to kick Greene off her committees for past incendiary remarks and for endorsing conspiracy theories.

ELLIS COUNTY, Kan. – A variant of the coronavirus first discovered in the UK is now in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the variant was found in a resident of Ellis county, Kansas. They’re investigating to find out how the resident became infected with the variant. The UK variant was first reported in the US at the end of December. It’s since been found in 33 states.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – According to the latest quarterly economic report produced by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and PSU, Pittsburg businesses did an excellent job weathering the economic storm brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The president of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce says last March, the city’s unemployment rate fell to a 20 year low of 3.3%, and while it did get up to 9% in April, as of December the unemployment rate was back down to 3.5%.

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A vigil was held yesterday for the six people murdered in Muskogee, Oklahoma Tuesday. A man, five children under the age of 10 and their mother were found shot in a home. The mother survived, and is hospitalized with serious injuries. 25-year-old Jarron Pridgeon faces six counts of murder and other charges. There’s no word on a motive yet.

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