Up First In The Four States for Thursday 10/28/2021

Good Thursday 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,

Rain showers and breezy conditions today and tonight throughout Southeast Kansas, winds as high as 39 miles per hour, highs today in the lower ‘50s, lows tonight in the mid ‘40s. Mostly cloudy tomorrow, still windy and a few degrees warmer, highs Friday in the upper ‘50s. Sunshine over the weekend. Highs Saturday in the mid ‘60s, near 60 for Halloween.

Veteran Kansas legislator Russ Jennings died yesterday from cancer. As Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service reports, Jennings’ death further thins the ranks of moderate Republicans at the Statehouse.

Officials at Freeman Health System in Joplin Wednesday said that COVID-19 conditions in the area remain stable. In late August the head of Freeman’s COVID-19 unit Dr. Robert McNab stated that patients had a better chance of surviving a heart attack than COVID-19 at the time.

A federal grand jury has indicted eight members of a Kansas City, Kansas-based sect on forced labor charges.

Officials at Freeman Health System in Joplin said Wednesday that the hospital had only 14 COVID-19 patients, none on ventilators, and zero COVID-19 deaths in the past ten days. Nationwide, the CDC reports that about 45.5 million cases have been reported nationwide since the pandemic began last year. Freeman Neurologist Dr. Gulshan Uppal speaking Wednesday says that for many people, getting COVID is just the start.

Research from Washington University has found long-term exposure to air pollution affects how quickly the coronavirus spreads within a community.

As Kansas charities gear up for another holiday season, some of the groups say the pandemic is still affecting fundraising and the demand for services.

Now for our feature of the day,

Four decades ago, two cities — one in Kansas and one in Colorado — competed for the world’s largest meatpacking plant. For the winner, it meant becoming the epicenter of the region’s beef industry. For the other, it meant a continued economic slide all too familiar to rural America. As David Condos of the Kansas News Service reports, that fateful outcome has forever altered the trajectories of both towns. Clip 98106

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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