News to Know (4/23/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scientists advising the government meet today in an emergency session to discuss the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The United States could decide to resume use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but the vaccine could carry a new warning, after several women who received it came down with a rare blood clotting disorder. As many as 10 million doses have been sitting un-used since last week.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Missouri Senate budget committee votes against funding the voter-approved Medicaid expansion. The budget panel voted seven to seven on a Republican-sponsored proposal that would have set money aside to pay for the program. The tied vote means the proposal failed. Missouri voters last year amended the state constitution to extend government health care to thousands more low-income adults. But now the legislature is arguing over whether to pay for it. The leader of the budget committee says it’s now up to the full senate to make a final decision on funding for the program.

TOPEKA, Kan. – In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly vetoes legislation that would have banned trans-student-athletes from competing in girls sports. In a statement the governor said quote “As Kansans, we should be focused on how to include all students in extracurricular activities rather than how to exclude those who may be different than us. Kansas is an inclusive state and our laws should reflect our values. This law does not do that.” Supporters of the bill still could try to override her veto and try to persuade a handful of moderate Republicans who either voted against the bill or abstained to switch.

CHANUTE, Kan. – Police search for at least three more suspects following a series of drug raids in southeast Kansas. Warrants remain active for Kevin Pratt and Jessica Rogers from Iola and Timothy Mishler from Chanute. They’re among 12 suspects who were sought in KBI raids Wednesday in Neosho County, Allen County and Montgomery County, Kansas following an eight-month long investigation of drug crimes, including distribution of methamphetamine. One of the raids was at this location on North Garfield in Chanute where officers say they found suspicious explosive devices. They’ve arrested a total of nine people so far, six suspects from Chanute, two from Iola and one from Cherryvale.

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