News to Know (3/10/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A final vote on a pandemic relief bill is expected in the House today. The $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan includes funding for COVID-19 vaccination programs, schools, and local governments. It also provides increased unemployment benefits and $1,400 stimulus checks for most taxpayers.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signs legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state. Supporters hope it’ll force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe V. Wade. Governor Hutchinson had expressed reservations about the bill, which allows the procedure only to save the life of the mother and does not provide exceptions for those impregnated by rape or incest. Arkansas is one of at least 14 states where legislators have proposed outright abortion bans this year. The legislation won’t take effect until 90 days after the majority-republican legislature adjourns this year’s session.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt says residents can visit their loved ones in nursing homes. The announcement came during a news conference at Saint Ann’s Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Oklahoma City. Visitation to long-term care facilities first closed in mid-March 2020, a decision Gov. Stitt said helped to save many lives. Now, almost a year later, Governor Stitt and state health officials are working to safely bring families back together.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin man, Zachary Tallie, gets 15 years in prison for shooting at people in a car with a shotgun last year. Tallie pled guilty to charges of unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree child endangerment back in December. The shooting happened in February of 2020. Tallie was riding in a vehicle with his girlfriend, when he leaned out the window and shot at another car and the two people inside.  The victims, Eric Smith and a 16-year old, were not hurt.

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