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CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – The man accused of killing a three-year-old Carl Junction girl takes a plea deal. Jalen Vaden pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of Jayda Kyle. Judge Michael Cordanyer sentenced Vaden to 22 years in prison and he must serve at least 85 percent of that term.

JAPSER COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities say no-one was home when fire yesterday swept through a home just west of the Carl Junction, Missouri High School on County Lane 287. Joplin, Webb City, Fire and Oronogo crews helped the Carl Junction Fire Department battle the flames. Crews say it was especially tough because of high winds and because they did not have close access to water. Investigators don’t yet know the cause of the fire.

TULSA, Okla. – At least four people have died as a major winter storm blows through Oklahoma. Snow and ice have caused several wrecks in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Public Safety announced that state agencies may reduce non-essential services in 7 Central Oklahoma counties. The service reduction will be in effect until 10:00am.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House has passed two bills to fund and re-open the government, but the measures face likely failure in the Republican controlled senate. The legislation, backed by new democratic speaker Nancy Pelosi, would end the stalemate entering its 14th day on Friday. The bill does not provide funding for President Trump’s border wall. 800,000 federal employees are feeling the impact of the shutdown.