News to Know (4/15/21)

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

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – In Minnesota, protesters turned out again last night…after Brooklyn Center’s mayor called for calm in the wake of Daunte Wright’s shooting death by a former police officer. A prosecutor announced a second degree manslaughter charge against Kim Potter. The 26-year police veteran shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday. The former police chief, who also stepped down, said Potter mistook her gun for a taser.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A scientific committee advising the government on vaccines says it needs more time to evaluate the risks associated with Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus shot. That comes after the FDA and CDC called for a temporary pause in using the single-dose vaccine nationwide Tuesday. Six women…one of whom died…are known to have come down with an extremely rare blood clotting disorder after receiving the vaccine.

JOPLIN, Mo. – As more people get fully vaccinated against covid-19, you might wonder how long a vaccine will protect you. With each flu season, you have to get a new flu shot to be protected against the latest strain of the flu virus. But with the covid-19 vaccines being so new, research is continuing to determine how long the vaccine protects you. According to local health officials, current data says the vaccine may be effective up to one year out.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Senate passes a bill centered on protests, igniting controversy as demonstrations continue in other parts of the country. The Oklahoma bill would grant immunity to motorists who accidentally hit and kill or injure a person while the motorist is fleeing a “riot”. The measure passed by the Senate would also increase penalties for people who block traffic during a protest. They could be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to up to a year in prison.

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