News to Know (2/16/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The weather caused cancellations and delays of coronavirus vaccine appointments across the U.S. The CDC says nearly 53 million doses have been administered out of just over 70 million distributed. Around 14 million people have been fully vaccinated. Health experts say there could be a surge in cases from variant strains of covid-19 in the coming weeks.

JOPLIN, Mo – We need to conserve power all across the area, to help utility companies and each other. The southwest power pool which has dozens of member utilities including the Grand River Dam Authority, Evergy, and Liberty Utilities, is asking those members to begin emergency electricity reductions in order to reduce the load on the network. However, the demand has gone beyond what electricity is available, and now, rolling blackouts are being implemented area-wide to ensure a total failure doesn’t happen.

MIAMI, Okla. – Through the winter storm, Ottawa county residents are coming together to help those in need. New Hope Christian Church in Miami has opened its doors and started an emergency shelter. The shelter has been open since Friday offering three meals and a warm place to sleep.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police say a shooting victim is dead. Officers say they responded to the Motel 6 on Rangeline in Joplin for a call of “shots fired”. When they arrived they found 43-year-old Matthew Painter of Joplin with multiple gun shot wounds. He died later at the hospital. Authorities say the case is under investigation and that the man who police beleive to be the shooter is cooperating with the investigation. Police have not arrested anyone in the case.

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