News to Know (3/1/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans are expected to begin receiving the nation’s first single-shot covid-19 vaccine this week. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine joins the Pfizer and Moderna shots in the nation’s war against the pandemic. Only four million doses of the J and J vaccine have been made but the company projects twenty million doses should be available by the end of this month.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Officials with Spire say they’ve reconnected natural gas to a majority of homes in Carl Junction. The Energy Company posted door hangers with next steps for customers they were unable to reach. The shutdown comes after firefighters say a gas line exploded on the south side of Carl Junction during what Spire says was a ‘pipeline inspection process’. One worker was injured in the incident.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma power company paid more for fuel during the winter storm than it did all through last year. The average annual power cost for Oklahoma Gas and Electric is around $600 million, but the price to keep Oklahomans warm last week was nearly a billion. That extra cost will likely be passed on to consumers. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is also looking into a proposal from OG&E to spread out recovery costs over the course of ten years. If approved, officials say it would keep fuel-cost-related increases to less than 10 percent for an average residential customer’s bill.

JOPLIN, Mo. – May 22nd will mark ten years since a violent tornado tore a path through the heart of the city of Joplin. This year, organizers of the Joplin Memorial run wanted to offer a course preview. But there will be some changes due to the construction of the new Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, organizers have changed the starting point of the race to Cunningham Park.

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