News to Know (3/11/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks one year since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. The virus has since killed well over half a million people across the U.S. and taken some 2.6 million lives around the world. President Biden will address the nation this evening to mark the grim anniversary.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas could finish immunizing seniors, meatpacking employees and other essential workers and move on to the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations by next month. The next phase includes people ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions that put them at severe risk if they are infected with covid-19, including cancer and type 2 diabetes, as well as workers in critical industries such as information technology and government.

CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. – Dozens of felony charges are filed against the owners of the Circle of Hope girls’ ranch. Boyd and Stephanie Householder, the owners of Circle of Hope girl’s ranch in Cedar County, Missouri, have been charged with more than a hundred felony charges combined. They include sexual and physical abuse charges, as well as neglect charges. In August 2020, the state removed around 20 girls from the facility and the Attorney General’s office got involved in November. The Attorney General says so far, 16 alleged victims have come forward.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce starts talks with a major automotive manufacturer. Chamber President Toby Teeter Tuesday addressed a tweet he had sent to General Motors, pointing out the incentives the company could receive if they build a battery manufacturing plant in Joplin. There has also been a page dedicated to the effort on the Choose Joplin website. On Wednesday, the Chamber and GM started early discussions, something Teeter is excited about.

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