Good morning, thanks for joining me for KRPS news headlines for Thursday, July 23nd. 

Sunny and warm once again today throughout Southeast Kansas, a high of 92. Partly cloudy with light winds tonight, a low of 72. Mostly sunny again tomorrow, 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, a high of 91. 

A new public health order in Sedgwick County shuts down bars and nightclubs for a month… as part of the latest effort to prevent coronavirus infections.

For every positive case of the coronavirus in Kansas, the state needs to contact an average of 10 people to let them know they’ve been exposed to the virus. 

Missouri teachers are worried about getting sick when and if they return to their classrooms this fall. 

K-12 schools in Kansas can reopen as currently scheduled. As Stephan Bisaha of the Kansas News Service reports, Governor Laura Kelly failed to get the State Board of Education’s support Wednesday to delay the start statewide until after Labor Day.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson was on the defensive Wednesday during a COVID-19 briefing. He continued to defend himself on comments he made on a St. Louis talk show last week regarding schools reopening and students getting sick with COVID-19.

And now our feature of the day, Missouri has been mulling over the idea of expanding Medicaid… the public health insurance program for low-income people… for years. But, voters will finally get to decide in the August 4th primary.  St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Jaclyn Driscoll breaks down the expansion question and what you need to know ahead of casting your vote. 

For more information on the expansion plan, visit the facebook.com/89.9FMKRPS

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to The Rundown from K R P S, available in Google Podcast and the Apple iTunes store. 

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

Published by KRPS News

89.9 KRPS Morning Edition Host and Producer Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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