News to Know (9/21/21)

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

ATLANTA, Ga. – Pfizer announces a medical trial shows its coronavirus vaccine is safe for children ages five to 11. This comes as nationally, covid cases in children have been skyrocketing. On the local level, Freeman officials tell us right now, they do not have any children hospitalized with covid, and Mercy says they haven’t had any up to this point. The vaccine showing positive results in children, could soon help keep kids safer at school. Officials with the Joplin School District tell us the announcement does not change the protocols currently in place. Neosho School District officials say they’ll continue to monitor the situation closely. Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

BALTIMORE, Md. – More people in the u-s have now died from covid-19 than died in the 1918 flu pandemic. Johns Hopkins University reports more than 675,400 people in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus. That breaks down to about one-person out of every 500. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were roughly 675-thousand fatalities from the 1918 flu. That broke down to one out of every 150 people due to the smaller population in the U.S. at the time. The findings from Johns Hopkins also says just over 19-hundred people in the U.S. are dying every day from covid-19. COVID has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police officials say burglaries in the city are declining continuing a trend since 2018. From January to September 15th of last year, there were 313 burglaries. During that same time period this year there were 302. JPD Captain William Davis says most residential burglaries in Joplin occur during the day, while commercial burglaries occur mostly overnight. Joplin PD reports decrease in burglaries

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma schedules its first executions since the state put lethal injections on hold six years ago following a series of mishaps. Included on the list of seven inmates scheduled to die is Julius Jones, whose case has drawn national attention. His execution is set for November 18th. The court set the date despite a recommendation by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board that Jones’ death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment without parole. Republican Governor Kevin Stitt must make the final decision. Oklahoma sets 7 executions in 6 months; 1st since 2015