News to Know (2/9/2021)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial gets underway in the Senate today. The first day of the proceedings will consist of a debate and vote as to whether the trial itself is constitutional. Former President Trump faces a single article of impeachment… it accuses him of inciting the January 6th attack on the U-S Capitol.

NEVADA, Mo. – Authorities in Nevada, Missouri arrested two suspects in an early Saturday morning raid looking for drugs at a Nevada motel. There they found evidence — about a quarter of a pound of meth, money, and a handgun — among other things. Authorities also arrested two people during the raid. Those suspects are 30 year old Emily Collar of Nevada and 35 year old Joshua Stoneking of Independence, Missouri. Both are charged with second degree trafficking drugs and delivery of a controlled substance. Stoneking is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri tasked nine regional groups across the state with making sure black and latino communities had equitable access to covid-19 vaccines, but the effort is off to a slow start. Just 5% of doses in Missouri have gone to black residents even though black people make up about 11.5% of the state’s population. But regional officials say the effort is being hampered by a lack of state funding and confusion about what they see as vague state expectations.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin city staff has come up with a master plan aimed at growing and improving the city’s many parks over the next decade. It’s called the “Joplin Parks and Recreation Road Map,” and it has five main goals – including educating the masses, cultivating health and wellness, improving connectivity, developing destinations, and prioritizing safety.

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