News to Know (7/30/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden announced new covid-19 requirements for millions of federal workers…saying they must be vaccinated or face weekly testing, masking and social distancing rules. That comes as published reports say an internal CDC document warns infections from the Delta variant are likely more severe, and the document reportedly says it spreads as easily as chickenpox. Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

JOPLIN, Mo. – Ambulance crews see an increase in covid patients increasing their overall call volume. It’s an issue they saw at the end of last year when numbers were high, then numbers dropped as vaccines rolled out. Now with the Delta variant spreading in the four-states, their numbers are back up. A Mercy ambulance crew out of Cassville had to bring a patient to the Joplin area on Thursday, their second of the day. The crew’s paramedic describes the days as hectic and tiresome.  EMS grappling with increasing calls, longer transports, amid COVID surge

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General’s office says it has closed its investigation into Sunshine Violations in the Joplin City Council. The AG says they did not find any violations of Sunshine laws. The investigation came following resident complaints about council members gathering in city hall’s dining room before meetings. The AG’s office says they did provide guidance to the city regarding the complaints. Missouri Attorney General’s office closes Joplin council investigation

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – The Humane Society of Missouri says its Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 21 dogs in McDonald County living in a quote, “appalling situation”. The Missouri Department of Agriculture used a court order to inspect the property of a licensed breeder. The society claims the dogs were in extremely poor health and that there was evidence others had recently died. They say most of the dogs had no access to water. They had to amputate the leg of one. On a scale of one to ten for body condition, only one dog scored higher than a two. Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 21 dogs in McDonald County

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News to Know (7/21/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Another former adviser to President Trump is arrested. Tom Barrack is accused of acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates between 2016 and 2018. Prosecutors say the 74-year-old used his access to President Trump to illegally lobby on behalf of the U-A-E. Trump inaugural committee head accused of being UAE agent

JOPLIN, Mo. – Police link a Joplin area man to six July burglaries. According to Joplin police, 29-year-old Brady Shafer was arrested with the help of a K9, after running from a church that had been broken into, The First Baptist Church at 41st and Connecticut. Police say Shafer identified himself as homeless. After investigations, police also connected him to burglaries at Bodegas, Bartlett’s Shoe Company, New Hope Church, Saint Phillips Episcopal Church, and South Joplin Christian Church. Police link Joplin area man to several burglaries

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A full Federal Appeals Court panel is re-hearing a case over Missouri abortion restrictions. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last week decided to take up the case on its own motion. At issue is a 2019 state law to ban abortions as soon as eight weeks into pregnancy and prohibit abortions based on a Down Syndrome diagnosis. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month upheld a lower court injunction prohibiting Missouri from enforcing the provisions. The latest ruling means all the 8th Circuit Federal Appeals Court Judges will consider the case.  Federal appeals court blocks sweeping Missouri abortion law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that students and teachers should wear masks regardless of their vaccination status when they return to school this fall. The call for masks comes as not everyone is fully vaccinated, and vaccines aren’t available to children under 12. The Delta variant also is appearing more often in younger people, and given how contagious it is, officials with the academy believe the best course of action is masks for everyone two and up in school settings. American Academy of Pediatrics tells parents students and teachers should wear masks this fall

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KOAM News to Know (7/7/21)

TAMPA, Fla. – Elsa is moving up the Gulf Coast. Watches are in place for much of Florida, Georgia, and into the Carolinas. High winds and heavy rain could bring storm surge, flooding and power outages. Elsa weakens to a tropical storm as it takes aim at Florida

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The highly contagious Delta variant is leading to a surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations across the country. Cases are up nine percent and much higher than that in several states that have low vaccination rates. Health experts warn if you’re not vaccinated and you’ve never had COVID, you’ll likely get sick this summer. Missouri becomes hot spot for Delta variant fueling hospitalizations while vaccination efforts lag

JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities formally charge a man in connection with a fatal crash that happened during a police chase in Joplin Saturday. Charges against 36-year old Kenton Cowgill of Carthage include DWI death of another, resisting arrest, and drug crimes. When Joplin police investigated a report of a car blocking a driveway on Rex Avenue Saturday, they say Cowgill was inside unconscious. When they woke him, they say he appeared to be intoxicated and drove off. Police chased him until Cowgill was involved in a crash with two other vehicles at the intersection of Seventh and Duquesne Road. The driver of one of those vehicles, 66-year old Robert McDermid of Joplin, later died. Police say Cowgill tried to flee from the crash scene and dump 94 grams of meth under his car. Man charged after police pursuit ends in fatal DWI crash

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Jasper County Prosecutor files formal charges in a weekend stabbing. The stabbing happened Saturday afternoon at Ewert Park. Police say the victim had multiple stab wounds. A suspect was arrested a short time later around 5th and Kentucky. That suspect is Joe Guevara, a homeless man. He’s charged with First Degree Assault in the stabbing.

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News to Know (7/6/21)

ATLANTA, Ga. – The highly contagious Delta variant now makes up one in four coronavirus cases in the U.S. It’s the dominant strain in five states including California. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are almost 90 percent effective against the variant, but just 33 percent when only one dose has been received.

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Elsa is heading toward the Florida Keys after bringing heavy rain, wind and flooding to Cuba. It’s forecast to make landfall in the state north of Tampa by tomorrow. Elsa prompted the decision to use explosives to bring down the section of a condo building still standing after a partial collapse a week and a half ago. Teams resumed their search of the rubble shortly after the demolition and discovered more bodies. Crews were able to reach areas that were inaccessible before the building was brought down, including a section with master bedrooms. Officials say the demolition was necessary to ensure the building wouldn’t fall down as Elsa nears.

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Humboldt, Kansas used to be classified as a food desert because of a lack of a grocery store, but a recent opening changed that. The new grocery store, named “Our Market,” took over the location of the old “Moon’s Hometown Market,” which closed more than a year ago. Our Market is a family owned store that’s trying to provide fresh, local products. The owners say they saw more than 300 customers on their opening day. Our market opened July 1st, but they’ll host their grand opening event this Saturday.

JOPLIN, MO. – Our country may have been dealing with a fireworks shortage this year, but some Joplin-area sellers had record-breaking sales. Sellers include the Watered Gardens fireworks tent which raises money for their Forge program, a program that helps people down on their luck get back on their feet with employment, shelter, and more. Watered Gardens says they saw a 60 percent increase in sales over last year.

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News to Know (7/5/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans around the nation celebrated the Fourth of July, President Biden spoke from the White House last night. The president said this year’s Independence day is a special celebration as the country emerges from the ”darkness and isolation” of the pandemic. The first family later enjoyed the fireworks display marking the country’s 245th birthday.

SURFSIDE, Fla. – In Surfside, Florida, demolition specialists brought down the part of the Surfside condo that remained standing after the building collapsed more than a week ago. Mounting concerns that the rest of the structure could crumble during the search and rescue prompted the decision to demolish the rest of the building. Residents of nearby buildings were asked to shelter in place during the demolition.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Police Department’s Special Response Team is called out after a report of alleged domestic violence. The incident happened early Saturday morning in the 800 block of South Joplin street. The victim said her significant other, 24-year-old Sean Wolsey of Pittsburg, strangled her. Authorities got a search warrant and took Wolsey into custody. Wolsey also had an active arrest warrant out in Crawford County. A 17-year-old juvenile was also located inside the home and taken into police protective custody.

TOPEKA, Kan. – As of Friday… 18-to-20 year-olds can apply for concealed weapons permits in Kansas. Democratic Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a bill lowering the age from 21 in May, but lawmakers overrode that veto. Supporters of the bill say younger people should be able to carry hidden weapons if they are properly trained. They point out people can serve in the military at 18 years old. Critics note the law does not require training to get the permit. Kansas House passes bill dropping concealed carry age to 18

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News to Know (6/22/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A big win for college athletes. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled the NCAA’s strict limits on benefits to student-athletes violates Federal Anti-Trust Law. The ruling focuses on how schools reimburse players for things such as computers, science equipment and musical instruments. The narrow ruling does not directly address athlete compensation, but it could ultimately change the landscape of college sports.  Supreme Court win for college athletes in compensation case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A court trial over Missouri officials’ refusal to expand Medicaid is underway. Voters last year amended the state constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including three women who are now suing Governor Mike Parson’s administration. The governor says he won’t expand Medicaid because the legislature refused to pay for it. Two single mothers and another low-income woman in response sued to force Missouri to provide coverage as called for in the state constitution. Missouri governor drops voter-approved Medicaid expansion

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council herd a presentation on an alternative mode of transportation, scooters. Bird scooters, specifically. They’re looking to come to town. The scooters utilize an app. That app allows residents to rent the scooters for a short period of time. When the person who is traveling by scooter is done, they leave it for the next rider or to be picked up by a Bird contractor for repair or charging. Last night the city council decided to move forward on negotiations with Bird scooters. Current 4-State scooter programs receive positive reviews

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – Harvest is underway in the 4-States and hay season is in full swing. Use caution when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, or other implements. First, don’t assume the farmer knows you are there. Pass with extreme caution. When a farm vehicle pulls to the right side of the road, it does not mean it is turning right or allowing you to pass. Due to the size of some farm equipment, the farmer must execute wide left turns so allow it plenty of room and time to turn. Be alert to see if they might be turning into a driveway or field. Don’t assume that a farmer can move aside to let you pass.

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KOAM News to Know (6/21/21)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden is back at the white house as the nation inches closer to his goal of having 70-percent of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4th. The highly contagious Delta variant of the virus has now been identified in more than 40 states and could soon become America’s dominant covid threat. The president is due to travel to North Carolina this week to encourage people to roll up their sleeves.

MONTGOMERY, Al. – Storm watches and warnings are up all along the Carolina coasts…as a deadly storm system heads northeast.  Claudette is being blamed for several deaths, including nine children, in Alabama. The children, all from a youth ranch, were riding in a vehicle that crashed on Interstate 65 about an hour South of Montgomery.

MIAMI, Okla. – Plenty of people packed Miami’s Riverview Park pavilion Saturday, all for the Miami NEOK Pride 2021 celebration. Organizers say they wanted to bring people together as a show of equality, tolerance, and love. The event featured tons of cool things to check out, including local vendor booths, drag pageants, live music, a dj, and plenty of activities for the kids. One attendee tells KOAM, she came to the event to celebrate who she is and show that same support to others in her community.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce held its annual Expoland. The business expo is an opportunity for area businesses and organizations to get out into the community and let people know about what they do. The event was for all ages, and had activities for kids such as a balloon artist. One non-profit aimed at promoting adult literacy was at the event to spread the importance of their mission. The chamber says the event gave businesses from all over the area including, Joplin, Neosho, and Carthage a chance to come to Carl Junction and interact with parts of the community they normally wouldn’t. Carl Junction’s Expoland helps out local businesses

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