KOAM Morning News to Know 1-8

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Regional Airport will soon be offering American Airlines flights to Chicago. Last night the Joplin City Council passed the ordinances to begin the flights in June. In the contract the airport has an obligation to sell $600 Thousand in flights a year. If the airport meets or exceeds that goal, then nothing is owed to American, however, if the airport falls short, whatever that difference is must be paid back to American.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin man is in the city jail, awaiting charges in both Jasper and Newton counties after police say he was involved in a carjacking Sunday night. 25-year old Ryan Ewing also has two JPD city warrants and a felony probation violation warrant for drugs. Authorities say Ewing knew his victim.

PINEVILLE, Mo. – Renovations at the McDonald County jail are finally finished a full year after the expected completion date. Construction was originally expected to finish up in November of 2017, but that didn’t happen until last month. Mcdonald County Commissioner John Bunch says a number of factors, like unforeseen complications renovating the existing part of the jail caused delays.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Outgoing Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer is considering a run for U.S. Senate after Senator Pat Roberts announced he would not seek re-election in 2020. Colyer said yesterday during a news conference that he and his wife are “strongly looking at” the race. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp and Western Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall also are considering the race.