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News to Know (6/3/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is urging Americans to get their covid-19 shots. At the White House, he stressed that vaccines are safe and effective and let people shed their masks. He wants 70 percent of American adults to have received at least one dose by July 4th. But recent vaccination declines are bringing that goal into question.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Saint Louis man gets federal prison time for shooting a Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy. A federal judge sentenced 47-year old E.F. Fitchpatrick to 25 years in federal prison without the chance of parole. He plead guilty in June of last year. Fitchpatrick was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions. In March 2017, the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Task Force was serving a search warrant at the Econolodge on Rangeline in Joplin. A detective, entering a room through a window, was shot by Fitchpatrick who was standing in the bathroom. That detective, Jasper County Deputy Nolan Murray, was wounded but survived. Man who shot Jasper County deputy sentenced in federal court

PURCELL, Mo. – The former mayor pro-tem of Purcell, Missouri is accused of stealing from the town. Authorities have charged Nancy Wilson with felony stealing. A probable cause statement says the city’s current mayor, Kelsey Freeland, uncovered the theft totaling more than 25-hundred dollars. Investigators say Wilson wrote checks from the city and deposited them in her own bank account in March and April of this year. Former mayor arrested for stealing from City of Purcell

TOPEKA, Kan. – Voting rights advocates are suing Kansas state election officials over two election laws passed this session over the veto of Governor Laura Kelly. The League of Women Voters of Kansas, Kansas Appleseed, and Loud Slight filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court. They object to a law that limits the number of ballots a person or group can deliver from other voters, and another law that reduces the power of the Governor, Secretary of State and the Courts to change election laws.

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