‘The Rundown’ News Headlines From KRPS For 07.01.20

Good morning, thanks for joining me for KRPS news headlines for Wednesday, July 1st. 

We’re going to have mostly sunny and hot today throughout the Four States today, a high of 95, the heat index could reach as high as 105. Mostly cloudy tonight, a chance of isolated thunderstorms, a low of 75. Mostly to partly sunny skies both Thursday and Friday, also a 20 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms after 1 in the afternoon, highs in the mid to upper ‘90s. 

KU has reversed course and decided to leave it up to department chairs whether to hold in-person classes this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joplin’s arts and culture nonprofit Connect 2 Culture unveiled the updated design and renderings for the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex on Tuesday. The non-profit also announced that they had raised about 90 percent, or 15 point 9 million dollars of their new goal of 17 point 5 million dollars from over 250 individuals, foundations, and organizations. Most importantly C F O of Connect 2 Culture Cliff Wert says there is going to be plenty of parking around the Cornell Complex.  The project located in downtown Joplin is scheduled to start construction in January of 2021 and be completed in the fall of 2022. 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced he’s withholding 448 million dollars from the state budget passed by lawmakers last month. He signed the $35.3 billion dollar budget Tuesday. St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll has more on the restricted spending. 

While Kansas State University athletes want the school to discipline a student for a tweet that mocked George Floyd, legal experts say K-State likely lacks the authority. Jayden McNeil founded a conservative organization at K-State and last week called Floyd a drug user. Wichita lawyer Lyndon Vix (LIN-done VICKS) says the tweet is protected by the First Amendment unless the school can show McNeil meant to incite violence. “But that’s a pretty high standard and I find it very doubtful that that particular tweet would rise to the level that the student in question could be disciplined, expelled, what have you.”  K-State President Richard Myers says the university is fast-tracking a plan to combat racism.

In a broadcast that you heard live on KRPS on Tuesday morning, Pittsburg State Provost Dr. Howard Smith and PSU’s President Dr. Steve Scott held a town hall and provided an update on the reopening of campus that is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 20th. Ahead of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s statewide face-covering ordinance that is set to go into effect this Friday, Pittsburg States mandated masks on campus starting this past Monday. President Steve Scott on the choice of mandating face coverings for everybody on campus.  The fall semester at PSU is scheduled to start on Monday, August 17th, with dismal, happening the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the final two weeks of the semester being exclusively online.  

 A Miami businessman who acquired troubled rural hospitals across the country, including some in Kansas and Missouri, has been indicted for fraud.

And now our feature of the day: Today, Wednesday, July 1, is the halfway point of the year, and so much has changed and will continue to as the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. Recently I spoke with Dr. Elliot Fisher, a professor at the Dartmouth Atlas Project, who last week, for the second consecutive week named the Joplin area to have the high COVID-19 case growth rate in the country and it’s likely that slowing the spread of the virus didn’t come quickly enough as it should have in the Four States.   

Thanks for joining me for The Rundown powered by the Kansas and Missouri News Service. I’ll be back next Thursday, July 9th. Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

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