KOAM Morning News to Know 12-13

STOLEN STEERS RETURNED
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – 17 stolen steers are back in Cherokee County after a multi-state operation to track down the suspected thieves in Oklahoma City. The cattle were stolen from Gaither Ranches south of Columbus. The suspects, Anthony Whittley and Jasmine Boone of Labette County, Kansas were charged with bringing stolen property into the state of Oklahoma, concealing stolen property, and possession of a weapon while committing a felony.

I-49 MISSOURI ARKANSAS CONNECTION
MCDONALD COUNTY, Ark. – An interstate connecting Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas is closer to completion, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded MODOT a $25-Million dollar grant to build a five-mile stretch of road in southern Mcdonald County. That stretch will connect to 14-miles of interstate built by ARDOT — and eventually run through Bentonville. MODOT hasn’t yet given an indication of when construction might start.

FARM BILL READY FOR PRESIDENT’S SIGNATURE
ELLIS COUNTY, Kan. – A new farm bill now awaits the president’s signature…passing both the House and Senate. The $867-Billion dollar bill will include funding for organic farm research, conservation programs and crop insurance. The new bill will allow farmers to enroll in grain programs every year — instead of every five years, which means farmers can choose the program most beneficial to them based off the price of grain that year.

MISSING PEOPLE FOUND ALIVE IN WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINE
CLEAR CREEK, W. Va. – Three people who went missing in a West Virginia coal mine last weekend have been found. Erica Treadway, Cody Beverly, and Kayla Williams entered the mine on Saturday morning. Last night, they were located about a thousand feet from its entrance. The three were brought to the surface then taken to a hospital. A family member said he believed they were scavenging copper wires from the mine.

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