News to Know (5/14/21)

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

ATLANTA, Ga. – The CDC now says fully vaccinated Americans can go without a mask in most situations, both indoors and outdoors. There are some exceptions, such as in healthcare settings and on public transport. More than a third of americans are fully vaccinated.

JOPLIN, Mo. – While covid-19 vaccines have never been more available in Missouri, reports shows vaccination rates can vary depending on location. The CDC says 41 percent of people in Joplin have received covid-19 shots, while just 20 percent of residents in Jasper and Newton county have been vaccinated. Jasper and Newton county health officials say vaccine availability and two large hospitals in Joplin are the main reasons for the difference in vaccination rates. County health officials say beyond those two factors, zip codes could play a big part in the reported number of vaccinated people.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Newton County Missouri authorities file formal charges against a man accused of shooting at deputies. The suspect, Benjamin Ivey from Granby, Missouri remains in the hospital after authorities say he shot at deputies who returned fire. Ivey is charged in Newton County with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and resisting arrest. He’s also charged in McDonald county with first-degree felonious assault, three counts of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. At last report, Ivey was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In the George Floyd case the trial of three former Minneapolis officers charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter will move from August to next March. The judge says he’s doing that so the three, along with Derek Chauvin can face civil rights charges in federal court first. Chauvin was convicted last month of murdering Floyd.

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