News to Know (3/29/21)

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

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Opening statements are set to begin today in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He is charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death last may of George Floyd. The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas governor announces every adult Kansan will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine starting today. Governor Laura Kelly says beginning today, every Kansans age 16 and over will be eligible. Governor Kelly says it’s thanks to the anticipated increase in vaccine supply from the federal government. As of Friday, more than 35 percent of adult Kansans have already received at least one dose of a covid vaccine. The vaccine rollout has coincided with a drop in cases. But there are concerns that the numbers could again rise as variants begin to spread. In a news release Friday Kelly said quote, “I strongly encourage every Kansan to get the covid-19 vaccine so we can get back to school, back to work, and back to normal”.

NEVADA, Mo. – Students from Nevada High School are getting ready to head to the state capital to testify on two bills they helped conceive. They did this alongside the legislative team of State Representative Patricia Pike. The bills are focused around student’s health, both mental and physical. One student and representative from Healthy Nevada says he hopes this will inspire more young people to try and make a change in their communities. Tomorrow the students will testify on a bill aimed at suicide prevention and stress management strategies in the classroom.

CHANUTE, Kan. – A Chanute, Kansas woman is dead after a shooting in Topeka. Topeka police say 39-year old Kristi Rodriguez of Chanute died after she and two others were shot near Southeast 31st street and Adams in Topeka Friday Night. One of the two was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries — the other was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Topeka police say they’re looking for two people of interest in the case — 28 year old Devonta Miller of Topeka and 21-year old Harlee Borders of Marysville. Topeka Police officials say if anyone knows what happened or where to find Miller and Borders to contact the Shawnee County Crime Stoppers.

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