Up First in the Four States for Wednesday 10/20/2021

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,

Clear skies and nice today and tonight throughout Southeast Kansas, highs today in the mid ‘70s, lows in the lower ‘40s. Plenty of sunshine across the area Thursday and Friday, although a few degrees cooler each day. Highs tomorrow in the upper ‘60s, and into the lower ‘70s on Friday.

Lawmakers are looking into the state’s child support collection system after one mother says Kansas failed to help her collect $53,000 she was owed.

This time next year, the Oliva Apartments near downtown Joplin could have new residents. The 5-story building was constructed in 1906, and caught fire in early December last year, badly damaging the roof.

Advocacy groups in Kansas are calling on Republicans in the state Legislature to hold up their pledge to schedule more redistricting town hall meetings.

There was a slight uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Joplin over the past two weeks. First the good news, Joplin continues to lead Missouri in the percentage of residents getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

A democratic state Representative is pointing to recently revealed security risks in a state-run website as a further reason for a cybersecurity commission she helped create.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is accusing federal officials of stifling parents’ free speech, following an initiative to combat a rise in threats against public school officials.

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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