News to Know (9/28/21)

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

TOPEKA, Kan. – Top Kansas legislators are forming a committee to examine the impact of covid-19 mandates and what they call government overreach, partly in response to President Biden’s federal vaccine requirements. Senate President Ty Masterson and House Speaker Ron Ryckman will appoint the 11-member panel, which will meet for up to five days and hear public testimony. One senior Democrat said the move could further politicize the pandemic. Governor Laura Kelly and all state house members are up for re-election in 2022.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Kelly orders flags throughout the state to be flown at half-staff to honor covid-19 victims as Kansas exceeds 6,000 reported deaths. Governor Kelly’s order on Monday applies immediately and directs that flags remain lowered until sunset Wednesday. The governor issue an order every time Kansas reports another 1,000 covid-19 deaths.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to test hundreds of deer for the coronavirus this hunting season. The U.S. Department of agriculture reported federal testing in five other states showed deer carrying the antibodies. That included 67 percent of the deer tested in Michigan. However none of the deer actually fell ill and there is no evidence of humans contracting covid from eating venison. USDA confirms COVID in deer, Missouri to also test deer

MIAMI, Okla. – NEO in Miami, Oklahoma announces a new program aimed at getting adults their high school diplomas and a pathway into college. The aptly named “pathway to degree program” allows adults to earn their diplomas free online. They can then pursue an Associates degree at NEO.

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