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WELCH, Okla. – A man charged with murder for the 1999 deaths of a Welch couple and the presumed deaths of their daughter and her friend will undergo a mental competency evaluation. According to the Craig County District Attorney’s office, both the prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that 67-year old Ronnie Busick should have a mental evaluation. Busick has denied involvement in the case and said he doesn’t know where the missing girls are.

SIKESTON, Mo. – A Southeast Missouri judge sentences the final suspect in the murder of a Pittsburg man in Sikeston, Missouri. Larenzle Coleman is sentenced to 13 years in prison. Authorities say he and two other people killed 66-year old Larry Weaver of Pittsburg and stole his motorcycle in Sikeston in 2016. Coleman’s sentence will run concurrently with any previous sentence.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state officials say tax mistakes could mean people who usually receive a modest refund might instead owe the state money. And those who receive a refund could see it reduced by up to 90 percent. The department said the changes were caused by a longstanding inaccurate calculation of the federal tax deduction that had previously gone undetected.

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C. opens 2019 with the 11 day of the partial government shutdown. Democrats take control of the house on Thursday. They’re expected to introduce legislation to reopen the federal government, but not include any money for a border wall. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned his chamber won’t send any bill to President Trump that he won’t sign.

NEW YORK – And farewell to 2018 from Sydney’s opera house to London’s eye and everywhere in between…fireworks lit up the night sky as millions rang in the new year around the world. Here in the U.S. pouring rain couldn’t dampen the mood in times square as revelers watched the ball drop.