News to Know (3/26/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his first formal news conference, President Biden said he won’t apologize for the administration’s handling of what some are calling a crisis at the border. The president also blasted GOP efforts to tighten state election laws calling them “un-American.” President Biden now vows to administer 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days, doubling his original vaccine goal.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signs legislation rewriting Kansas laws for managing the coronavirus pandemic and future emergencies. That’s even though she believes it could hinder disaster response efforts. The measure Governor Kelly signed this week extends the state of emergency for the pandemic until May 28th instead of letting it expire March 31st. Governor Kelly cited the extension in announcing her action. The measure also leaves counties in charge of mask mandates and other restrictions.

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Some area pharmacies are trying to make sure their covid-19 vaccine supply doesn’t go to waste. As pharmacies get more doses of vaccines, more appointments become available. But, when people don’t show up for their appointments, those unused doses of the vaccine can go bad. Instead of letting them go to waste, pharmacists use a waiting list to find people to vaccinate. People on the lists are prioritized by vaccine eligibility, and when those eligible can’t come in, the next available person on the list is called.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – Students in Fort Scott, Kansas will be getting some financial relief. Close to $2-Million dollars in federal pandemic relief will be used to cover general fees for Fort Scott
Community College students. Those fees will be paid for automatically, starting in the upcoming fall semester and going through summer 2022. The discount will be applied automatically. Some specialized fees, like tools for a cosmetology class for example won’t be covered.

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