News to Know (8/25/21)

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

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt files a lawsuit seeking to stop school districts from enforcing mask mandates and requirements aimed at slowing the spread of covid-19. The lawsuit names Columbia Public Schools along with the district’s Board of Education and board members but is a class action lawsuit that would apply to any Missouri district requiring masks.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s alcohol to-go law becomes permanent this weekend. The state first started allowing to-go sales of alcohol from bars and restaurants in April of 2020. Due to a new law that takes effect this Saturday, that policy becomes permanent. Under the law, the drink must be in a sealable container and the customer must make a food purchase along with the alcohol.

FAIRLAND, Okla. – The town of Fairland, Oklahoma in Ottawa County is down to three police officers, after the Chief, Assistant Chief, and most of the officers, resigned last week. Last night, the city hosted a special meeting with the public to discuss the situation. The chief’s resignation letter says it’s due to a hostile work environment, plus slanderous allegations made about him by a board of trustees member. Before the meeting, they interviewed Gordon Williams, a deputy with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, to fill the roll of chief.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The leaders of legislative re-districting committees say newly-drawn Oklahoma House districts approved by the legislature earlier this year will have to be redrawn.
The announcement follows the release of U.S. Census Bureau data that shows population increases in urban and suburban parts of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma legislature approved new house and senate districts based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates, not the final numbers released earlier this month.

KOAM InstaPoll: Should the decision to require masks in schools be left of up to the parents — the school district — the city or county government — or be decided at the state level?