‘The Rundown’ News Headlines from KRPS for 07.21.20

Good morning, thanks for joining me for KRPS news headlines for Tuesday, July 21st. 

Partly cloudy skies once again throughout the Four States today, also a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms before 5 this evening, a high today of 90. Tonight, those partly cloudy conditions will remain in the area, just a 20 percent chance of rain, a low of 72. 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says all K-through-12 students, teachers and staffers must wear masks, use hand sanitizer and have their temperatures taken daily as a way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in schools. 

Kansas is seeing an increasing number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Monday, Stormont Vail in Topeka had 20 patients and the University of Kansas Health System hospital in Kansas City had 36 — about as high as the hospital has ever seen. 

Joplin city officials held their weekly COVID-19 update on Monday. The mood at this week’s press briefing was notably lighter with the cities face-covering ordinance in effect Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley tried to strike a more positive tone when speaking about the latest COVID-19 numbers. 

New prosecutor filings say Kansas Republican Congressman Steve Watkins told a detective a staff member filled out unspecified documents that listed an incorrect address for him. 

The start of fall sports is on pause for five M I Double-A universities throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The conference announced Monday that it is delaying the start of practice two weeks until the week of August 31st. 

And now for our feature of the day, 

If you get COVID-19, and your medical bills pile up, a federal law could protect you from paying. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service reports that you may need to dig and fight back, to defend yourself against charges you’re not supposed to pay. 

KRPS’s  Kansas News Service reports on health, the many factors that influence it, and their connection to public policy. 

Check back tomorrow for more news headlines from the Four States on KRPS.

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