News to Know: Free covid-19 testing, Honoring Dr. King, Betty White Challenge

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

WEBB CITY, Mo. – People in Webb City have a new option for free covid-19 testing. Ivy medical opened a new testing site at 115 North Madison Street. The site is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday. It offers free rapid antigen and PCR testing. No appointment or health insurance is required, you can just drive up or walk in and get tested. Then you can either wait for your results or have them e-mailed.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – On Monday Fort Scott Community College honored the legacy of Doctor King by holding a presentation about the Dockum Drugstore Sit-in. The sit-in happened in Wichita in 1958. Black students gathered at the drug store to stage a peaceful protest against segregation. The guest speaker at Monday’s event was the founder of Storytime Village, a non-profit that promotes reading among low-income families.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pitt State also hosted a ceremony honoring Doctor King. The university held a candlelight vigil and a short program featuring a song, a reading of King’s historic Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and reflections on how King still impacts people to this day.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Yesterday would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. She died just weeks before hitting that milestone. White was an animal advocate and in honor of her birthday, the Betty White Challenge has been trending on social media. That challenge calls on everyone to donate at least five dollars to a local animal shelter or rescue. Some of our local shelters are participating, including the Joplin Humane Society. Officials there say they’re grateful for the extra attention, but say this isn’t the only day they need help.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: As the Senate takes up discussion of voting rights, this morning we are asking how often do you vote? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and weigh in on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.