News to Know (2/25/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There may soon be a new weapon in America’s fight against covid-19. The one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine could soon receive emergency use authorization. An FDA Advisory Committee meets tomorrow. The Biden Administration says if approved, it will be in position to ship out three to four million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine next week.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin police launch a death investigation after a body was found in a burned house. Joplin police identified the victim as 60-year-old Neal Fiscus. The 911 call for the fire came in around 4:00pm on Tuesday. Joplin Fire and Police responded and found Fiscus dead in the home on South Galena. Investigators have scheduled an autopsy for Friday.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Some parents and students in Joplin aren’t happy with the decission to go back to full time in-person learning. Tuesday, the board of education voted to bring students at the high school back to full time in class learning, phasing in grade levels beginning next week. The decision was based largely on the low number of cases in the area, and in the schools. But some parents and students feel it’s too soon and would rather finish out the year with the current schedule.

ANDERSON, Mo. – Officials in McDonald County, Missouri say they had extra covid-19 vaccines so they administered some to people outside of the county. The county’s emergency managment director says the state allocated them 2,000 vaccines, so they expanded distribution to all qualifying Missouri residents. People were allowed to show up without an appointment to the ball park near Industrial Avenue in Anderson. Any Missouri resident at least 65 years old or adults with underlying conditions were eligible.

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