News to Know (3/25/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is set to hold the first news conference of his presidency this afternoon. CBS News will air a special report covering the event from the white house. In addition to the pandemic, it’s likely the president will face questions about the economy, the border crisis and gun control.

ATLANTA, GA – A new AstraZeneca report out Wednesday has updated the data on how well its coronavirus vaccine works. The drug giant now says its vaccine is 76-percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease and 100-percent effective against severe or critical disease or the need for hospitalization. AstraZeneca says its vaccine is 85-percent effective in preventing symptoms in volunteers ages 65 and older.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The number of available homes in the area is not keeping up with the demand, making it difficult for some buyers to find their dream home. Charles Burt, with Charles Burt Realtors says interest rates are very low right now, making home financing more affordable. But, there are few homes available to finance. Burt says five years ago, they had 1,200 listings for available homes in the area. This year there’s only about 300. Despite all the new construction, Joplin’s Planning and Development Director Troy Bolander says space is limited.

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – The Saint Louis community loses a hockey legend. Bob Plager is dead after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Interstate 64. Authorities say Plager was rushed to a hospital from the scene but didn’t survive. The Ontario native was a member of the Saint Louis Blues’ inaugural team during the 1967 season. He suited up for the Blues for 11 of his 14 years in the National Hockey League. After hanging up his skates, Plager still was part of the Blues in various ways including head coach and special assistant to the general manager. Plager, who ranks seventh in Blues history with 615 games played was 78-years old.

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