News to Know (2/5/2021)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the battle against the coronavirus, Johnson and Johnson has asked the FDA to approve emergency use of its single-dose vaccine. That raises the hope of the U.S. having a third vaccine within weeks, as the country tries to speed up the slow-going vaccination effort.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House and Senate are working in tandem on legislation to counter future, federal gun laws. In the House the bill is known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act”. It seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person’s second amendment right to bear arms. The legislation would allow someone to sue police departments, starting at 50-thousand dollars. Opponents including some police agencies, say that would amount to defunding the police. The state Senate is working on identical legislation.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s governor reports that covid-19 numbers are on a downward trend. In a news conference Thursday Governor Parson said the positivity rate for covid-19 tests has dropped dramatically. The governor also said 600-thousand Missourians will have received a vaccine by the end of this week. That number remains lower than expected. That’s due to a supply issue.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – The coronavirus has been rough on many businesses, but it’s also helped create some new ones. That includes Carl Junction Company, “Enviroteks, LLC,” that’s in the business of disinfecting everything in rooms, including the air, with an electrostatic sprayer. Enviroteks, LLC provides a fogging service, which is a method endorsed by the CDC to disinfect both surfaces and the air, and uses a product found on the EPA’s “N List” of covid-19 disinfectants.