News to Know (8/16/21)

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

QUAPAW, Okla. – The OSBI offers a $10,000 reward for anyone who can give them information to help solve a 47-year-old cold case. In 1974 Tina Mae Duffell was found dead in prairie dog pond a half mile northwest of Quapaw, Oklahoma. Investigators believe Duffell was either abducted or had left *with* someone from the C & D Grocery Store in Quapaw where she was working at the time of her murder. The autopsy revealed she had stab wounds to her neck. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OSBI. OSBI offers reward in 1974 cold case

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo – The FDA says roughly seven million U.S. adults who are immunocompromised can get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Larry Bergner at the Newton County Health Department expects more guidance from the state early this week on the full requirements, and a more comprehensive list of conditions that would make residents eligible. What to know as FDA approves third Covid vaccine doses for certain Americans

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin School Board meets in a special session to approve a re-entry plan for the upcoming school year. The first of which, masks for students and staff will be voluntary at all district buildings. Additionally, students and staff who are identified as a close contact and required to quarantine, may remain in or immediately return to school, provided they wear a mask while in the district buildings, and exhibit no covid symptoms. Joplin School Board approves modified re-entry plan

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Local swimmer, Haven Shepherd had a big weekend before she headed to Tokyo for the Paralympics. She was given a formal send-off on Saturday that included a parade at the Carthage square as well as a surprise send-off by her team at the Joplin Regional Airport. The Carthage resident earned her spot on the USA swim team, and says she’s ready to start this adventure and proud to have such a supportive community. Community surprises swimmer Haven Shepherd with send-off to 2020 Paralympics

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