KOAM Morning News to Know 12-14

OSBI JOINS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN OTTAWA COUNTY
CARDIN, Okla. – A homicide investigation is underway after a body is found in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Authorities in Ottawa County received a call around 5:00pm Wednesday night for a body at 3rd and Main in Cardin. Because of circumstances that police weren’t able to elaborate on, they began treating it as a homicide and called the OSBI to help with the investigation.

BOMB THREAT HOAX
JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities say bomb threats sent by e-mail to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax. The Joplin Globe newspaper received bomb threats by e-mail, and like many of the others, the emails contained the subject line “think twice”. Pitt State also addressed the threat telling students in an email last night that university police were monitoring the situation.

ESTIMATED ELETRIC BILLS
JOPLIN, Mo. – Some Liberty Utilities-Empire District customers believe they might be paying more than they need to through estimated bills. Empire estimates bills when meters are unable to be read due to inclement weather, short staffing, or when a meter may be obstructed or dangerous to get to. This can result in some customers being overcharged, though. Empire advises customers who feel their bill is inaccurate to reach out to customer service.

JASPER COUNTY BUDGET
CARTHAGE, Mo. – A $46-Million dollar proposed budget for Jasper County puts $2.6-Million in reserves to pay for detention center construction debts. But it also covers debts owed to the county by the state. Auditor Richard Webster and the county treasurer say the state owes $487-Thousand dollars for housing prison bound inmates at the county jail, which is supposed to be 35 dollars a day. The 2019 budget also includes more retirement dollars for county workers.

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