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News to Know (7/22/21)

CINCINNATI, Ohio – New covid-19 infections in the U.S. have more than tripled in a month as health authorities battle mis-information about vaccines and the more contagious delta variant spreads nationwide. In a televised town hall in Cincinnati, President Biden expressed frustration over vaccine hesitancy. He said the country has quote “a pandemic for those who havent gotten the vaccination.”  Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson announces the state’s vaccine incentive program, called MO VIP. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will get vaccinated will win $10,000 dollars each. Every two weeks, 80 winners will be randomly selected, and win $10,000 dollars. 20 adolescents who are 12 years old or older will also get $10,000 dollars in education credits. The governor also announced that local health departments will have funds to give up to $25 to each vaccine recipient, up to a total of $11,000,000 dollars. Missouri announces ‘MO VIP’ vaccine incentive program

HUMANSVILLE, Mo. – The owners of a now closed girls boarding school in Humansville, Missouri have settled four civil lawsuits alleging sexual and physical abuse. About two dozen girls were removed from Circle of Hope Girls Ranch last year during an investigation into abuse allegations spanning several years. The owners now face 100 criminal charges including statutory rape, sodomy, physical abuse and neglect. Abuse claims against Missouri reform school settled

LITTLE ROCK, AR – A U.S. district judge in Arkansas grants a preliminary injunction blocking the state’s near-total abortion ban from going into effect, while an ACLU lawsuit moves forward. the lawsuit, filed in may, challenges an act passed by the Arkansas General Assembly which bans abortions unless one is necessary to save the life of the woman. The ACLU says the law would have banned abortion in nearly every case and imposed stiff criminal penalties on doctors for providing care. The group says the judge’s decision makes clear Arkansas’ abortion ban is just as unconstitutional as other bans struck down in other states. Federal judge blocks 18-week Arkansas abortion ban

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