Up First In The Four States For Wednesday 10/13/2021

Good Wednesday Morning, thanks for joining me for Up First in the Four States, from KRPS. I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro. Let’s first take a look at local weather,

Showers and thunderstorms expected today throughout the Four States, mainly before 10 this morning, also winds up to 25 miles per hour, highs today in the upper ‘70s. Cloudy skies tonight, partly cloudy on Thursday, still a remaining chance of scattered showers across the area tonight and tomorrow. Lows tonight in the upper ‘50s, highs Thursday in the lower ‘70s. Mainly sunny, a low chance of rain, highs Friday in the lower ‘60s.

The group charged with approving memorials at the Kansas Statehouse wants to add new ones commemorating the roles played by Kansas women and Black men in two of the nation’s most significant historical events.

Later this morning, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin will recognize students who’ve completed the inaugural Firefighter Certificate program.

The director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health is retiring. Mark Stringer’s retirement will be effective January 1.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson will be making three stops in the area today, including two in Southwest Missouri.

First Lady Jill Biden paid a visit to Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday, where she urged Latino residents who’ve found success to pay it forward.

Nearly 20 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds in Missouri are obese, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That’s the eleventh highest rate in the nation.

A parent in Valley Center, north of Wichita, has filed an open meetings complaint against the school board.

And now our feature of the day,

Kansas spends about $80 million a year on prescription drugs for its employee health plan. But how much of that money is for buying the actual drugs? And how much of it goes to the pharmacy middlemen who process the claims? As Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service reports, those are questions every employer should ask.

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

If you want to talk to me directly I’m on Twitter @morningsonkrps.

Thanks for joining me for the up first in the Four States podcast. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

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