News to Know: Monkeypox cases rise in Missouri, and Crawford County finishes election recount

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NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The CDC says the number of monkeypox cases in the state of Missouri is up to 25. According to the CDC, the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases nationwide is nearing 13,000. A Newton County health official says they’re closely monitoring the situation and still trying to figure other ways the virus might spread. As of Wednesday, the Newton County Health Department does not have monkeypox vaccines.

GIRARD, Kan. – Crawford County election officials finish recounting ballots for the Value Them Both Amendment. In total, nine Kansas counties saw recounts on the amendment following a request by pro-life supporters. According to county officials, Crawford County overall remained a “no vote” county, the only in southeast Kansas. Crawford County is the only county in the area that had a recount on the question. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Though classes haven’t started yet, the Joplin School District staff are back at work and on Wednesday they had a little fun. The district hosted it’s opening day ceremony. It’s the first time the ceremony has been hosted in person since the pandemic started. Teachers, administrators and other staff from all of the districts school were treated to skits and performances. After the ceremony, many of the staff members took part in professional development opportunities. Click here to read more about this story.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern welcomed international students to campus with a resource fair. The goal of the fair is to let the new lions know what resources are available to them both on campus and in the community. Officials say there are 50 international students on campus so far, with 10 more on the way. The students say this event is very helpful in their transition. Classes begin at MSSU on Monday. You can click here for more information on this story.