Up First In The Four States for Tuesday 10/26/2021

Good Tuesday 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,

Partly sunny, breezy and a few degrees warmer throughout the Four States today, highs in the lower ‘70s. Showers and thunderstorms expected tonight, tomorrow and into Wednesday night. Up to three inches of rain is possible. Lows tonight in the upper ‘50s, highs Wednesday only in the lower ‘60s. Lows Wednesday night in the upper ‘40s. Cloudy skies expected Thursday, highs in the upper ‘50s.

Kansas state Senator Gene Suellentrop will spend 48 hours in jail and serve 12 months probation after being arrested for drunk driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 earlier this year.

Just over half of Missouri nursing home workers are vaccinated against COVID-19… the second-lowest rate in the U-S according to federal data.

Midterm elections next year will garner more attention, although there is an important election in Oronogo, (Missouri) next Tuesday that will determine whether the city will sell its gas utility.

The Kansas Supreme Court later today will hear a case involving a Johnson County school district’s mask rule.

Next Tuesday Joplin residents will decide whether to approve a new Internet Use Tax. In three weeks, the filing period opens for candidates to run in the April 2022 elections.

The Kansas economy has almost fully recovered from the downturn triggered by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Let’s take a quick look at sports,

The St. Louis Blues keep on rolling, now 5 and oh to start the season. The Blues shut out the Kings last night, 3, nothing. St. Louis will be back in action Thursday, hosting Colorado.

The Oklahoma City are winless so far this season, at oh and 3. Not getting any easier tonight when the Thunder host the Golden State Warriors. Game time in OKC tonight at 7.

The Chiefs will seek to get back on the winning track on Monday night football when they host the New York Giants. Game time at Arrowhead Monday night at 7:15.

And now for our feature of the day,

Missouri’s state legislative redistricting process is underway, as commissions are hearing testimony about what state House and Senate maps should look like. Not many people who follow the process are confident the commissions will succeed. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports, one redistricting veteran believes that the commissions need to defy tradition to avoid big problems in next year’s election cycle.

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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