News to Know (8/4/2021)


WASHINGTON D.C. – The CDC has issued a new temporary moratorium on evictions. The new order expires October 3. It covers counties experiencing substantial or high levels of covid-19 spread where about 90% of the U.S. population resides. (CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3)

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – One of the largest employers in the Four-States announces it’s requiring vaccines for its U.S. based workforce. Tyson foods made the announcement Tuesday. The company also announced it would give $200 to fully vaccinated team members. Tyson’s chief medical officer said, “Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the single most effective thing we can do to protect our team members, their families and their communities”. (Food giant Tyson to require vaccination for all US workers)

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin area advocates and health officials are pushing vaccination efforts. The Southwest Missouri Democrats held a press conference in partner with Access Family Care in Joplin with a goal to share information about the area’s current COVID-19 situation and to raise vaccine rates. Joplin’s mayor pro-tem spoke at the event, and says he wanted to raise awareness about vaccination in the community amid the rise in hospitalizations. The mayor also says that the city council is aware of the area’s COVID-19 numbers, and says they are standing by to help the community get through this. (Joplin community leaders gather to spread awareness about Covid-19 vaccines)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A campaign to put Missouri’s new gasoline tax increase to a public vote has been tabled. Americans for Prosperity-Missouri had hoped voters would overturn the tax increase. But the group’s executive director says the campaign just didn’t come together. The law will gradually raise the state’s 17-cent a-gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years. Buyers can get a refund if they keep their receipts.

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