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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-1

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JOE BECKER FUTURE

  • A new professional baseball team in Joplin is a few steps closer to reality.  City officials on Thursday met with a representative of the newly formed "Southwest League of Professional Baseball" based in Texas.  Joplin's city manager told KOAM by e-mail yesterday that talks  between the city and the new baseball league continue, and that both sides are doing their due diligence.

STOLEN PACKAGES

  • Joplin police have arrested what they call a "grinch", someone suspected of stealing packages from porches.  26-year-old Michael Wright of Joplin is charged with three counts of theft.         Police had received a tip of a theft in a neighborhood of north Joplin.  Police say, as they investigated, they spotted Wright with several items allegedly stolen from the front porches of three homes.

GOP TAX VOTE

  • Senators are back on the hill this morning, ironing out details on the GOP tax overhaul bill.  New analysis shows the plan would add $1 trillion dollars to the deficit over the next decade.  Lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to satisfy the concerns of deficit hawks.  Republicans can only afford to lose two votes to get the bill passed.

WHITE HOUSE TREE LIGHTING

  • First Lady Melania Trump did the honors, lighting the National Christmas tree in Washington.  President Trump says he's waited all year to wish the country "Merry Christmas."  The tree-lighting tradition started in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.
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  • Fish Kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake Caused by Environmental Factors

    Fish Kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake Caused by Environmental Factors

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:33:00 GMT
    Courtesy: Brad DuvallCourtesy: Brad Duvall
    Courtesy: Brad DuvallCourtesy: Brad Duvall

    The Fort Scott, Kansas Police Department says a series of events lead to a fish kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake. Authorities say hot water temperatures, cloudy windless days, low water levels and an expanding green algae bloom that peaked and crashed were all factors. It created the "perfect storm" or aquatic conditions that depleted and decreased the oxygen level to a point where the aquatic system would not support life.

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    The Fort Scott, Kansas Police Department says a series of events lead to a fish kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake. Authorities say hot water temperatures, cloudy windless days, low water levels and an expanding green algae bloom that peaked and crashed were all factors. It created the "perfect storm" or aquatic conditions that depleted and decreased the oxygen level to a point where the aquatic system would not support life.

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  • Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:07 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:07:31 GMT
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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  • KS Storms: 2 Killed in Floodwater, Tornado Confirmed

    KS Storms: 2 Killed in Floodwater, Tornado Confirmed

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 4:20 PM EDT2018-08-15 20:20:02 GMT

    Tuesday evening, August 14th, 2018, authorities say two Montgomery County , Kansas men were killed when their vehicle was swept off CR 2950 road south of CR 5400 during heavy rainfall. The men were identified as 72-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Sr. and 39-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Jr. of rural Elk City. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies responded to multiple calls of stranded motorists during the heavy rain. Authorities say in some cases rural firefighters and deputies were goin...

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    Tuesday evening, August 14th, 2018, authorities say two Montgomery County , Kansas men were killed when their vehicle was swept off CR 2950 road south of CR 5400 during heavy rainfall. The men were identified as 72-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Sr. and 39-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Jr. of rural Elk City. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies responded to multiple calls of stranded motorists during the heavy rain. Authorities say in some cases rural firefighters and deputies were goin...

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