News to Know (4/6/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. hit a record for vaccinations over the weekend, more than four million doses administered in a single day. But the White House covid response team says new coronavirus cases have increased for the fourth week in a row….fueled by a record number of pandemic-era travelers and spreading variants.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. – The defense attornies for a Lawrence County murder suspect are pushing for an outside jury for the trial. Back in August of last year, Sarah Pasco of Aurora was shot and killed and another woman shot and injured in Lawrence County. Authorities have ultimately charged ten people in the case, four are charged with capital murder, four are charged with first degree murder, and another is charged with hindering prosecution of a felony. Yesterday, a change of venue hearing was held at the Jasper County Courthouse in joplin for one of those defendants, Gary Hunter Junior, who could be facing the death penatly.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin’s first medical cannabis dispensary officially opens. “Missouri Made Marijuana” in Joplin is now open. The dispensary currently has flower, pre-rolled joints, vape cartridges and edibles. But they plan to add their own product lines soon so that product supply will keep up with demand. The newly opened dispensary is another option for patients.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed two bills into law that will impact education in the state. One bill is designed to make it easier for students to transfer to different school districts. the other changes the way the state will *fund* school districts. In the past the money was given out based on student count from the previous two years. Now it will be based on only the previous year. The Miami Public School District says rural areas have declining enrollment, and the new law will impact the district’s planning and budgeting in different areas of education.

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