News to Know (5/10/21)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just over a third of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But 14 states have less than 40 percent of their populations **partially** vaccinated, with Mississippi at the bottom. This comes as more states turn down doses, with Wisconsin asking for just eight percent of its Federal allocation, Illinois nine percent and Kansas under nine percent.

JOPLIN, Mo. – We’ve got something exciting coming up this week on KOAM and FOX 14. On Thursday, we’ll be hosting “Vaccine Day”. Experts from Mercy Hospital Joplin will be taking your calls and answering your questions regarding the covid-19 vaccine. Be sure to tune in to each newscast starting with the KOAM Morning News for our “Vaccine Day” special.

MIAMI, Okla. – Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority police say a person contacted them regarding a body in Tar Creek just north of the Neosho River in Miami. Officials with the GRDA police say the body was recovered and taken by the medical examiner. The victim is described as a male with reddish brown hair, facial hair, a thin build, around five foot eight to five foot ten inches tall with no tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GRDA police. The investigation is ongoing.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Route 66 Auto Center in Joplin caught fire Sunday. Fire officials on the scene say a car caught fire inside the auto shop. They also say due to it being a body shop, the chemicals within the shop may have played a part in the blaze. Joplin, Diamond, Carthage, and Webb City’s fire departments were called in to fight the fire. The fire did not spread outside of the building. As of now, a cause has not been determined, but officials have ruled the fire an accident.