KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-1

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.