KOAM Morning News to Know 12-11

GALENA, Kan. – A judge has sentenced a Galena, Kansas man who pleaded guilty to two arsons. Ray Piercefield admits setting a grass fire in Galena last march. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County in July. He gets a total of 32 months in jail for the crimes.

MONETT, Mo. – COX Health in Monett, Missouri announces plans to build a 42-million dollar hospital. Architectural renderings show the 70-thousand square foot facility will be all one level and offer an enhanced emergency department. Construction is set to begin in March along highway 60 on the eastern edge of town. Officials expect the project to be completed in the next two years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of felony conspiracy, according to court filings by federal prosecutors. They say Maria Butina gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations. A source close to the case tells CBS news, prosecutors want Butina to spend up to 6 months in jail and she will face deportation.

JAPAN – THE five marines missing after an aviation mishap last Thursday have been declared dead. A search-and-rescue operation off the coast of Japan was ultimately unsuccessful. In a statement the marine corps says “every possible effort was made to recover our crew.” An investigation into the aviation mishap is underway. The identities of the marines will be released after the next of kin are notified.