News to Know (4/14/2021)
The news you need to know before you head out the door
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop has resigned, along with her commanding officer. Kim Potter was a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Before stepping down, Chief Tim Gannon said he believed she shot Daunte Wright after mistaking her pistol for her taser.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – All 50 states have suspended the use of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Federal health officials recommended the pause after six women developed blood clots after receiving the shot. The vaccine has been administered to roughly 7-million people.
JOPLIN, Mo. – A number of companies big and small are hiring across the region but not everybody is eager to return. Some employees experience anxiety about the prospect of returning to public jobs like retail and medical offices. One woman we spoke with says she’s waiting for more vaccines to be distributed and for officials to say it’s okay to go back.
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A Jasper County judge has granted a change of venue in a Lawrence County murder trial. Attorneys for Gary Hunter Junior were pushing for the change of venue due to media coverage of the case. They said their client would not get a fair trial in the region. Yesterday a judge approved their request allowing for jury selection in the Kansas City area, in Jackson County, Missouri. The jury will be transported to Lawrence County for trial. Hunter Junior is one of 10 people charged in connection with the shooting death of Sarah Pasco in August of last year.
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