KOAM Morning News to Know 12-17

FIREPLACE SUSPECTED AS CAUSE OF FRIDAY FIRE
OPOLIS, Kan. – Officials suspect a fireplace could be the source of a fire Friday night at a home on the state line. Joe Lair, the Assistant Asbury Fire Chief says an exact cause of the fire isn’t known but they suspect a possible crack in the flue of the fireplace. Fire damage was contained to that front room, while smoke and water damage was more pervasive. Multiple fire crews were on the scene including Asbury, Tri Cities, Baker Township and Carl Junction.

UNION PACIFIC TRAIN DERAILS IN OKLAHOMA
PITTSBURG COUNTY, Okla. – Crews are investigating what caused a train derailment in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. They spent hours working to clean up the mess after 16 Union Pacific rail cars and one locomotive derailed early Sunday morning along Highway 69 South of Mcalester. They say there were no injuries and most of the cars were empty, so there was no hazardous material involved.

DEADLINE LOOMS FOR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House and Congress face a deadline this week to reach a deal on a budget to avoid a partial government shutdown. On Sunday, the White House doubled down on its insistence congress provide five billion dollars for a wall along the Mexican border. Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said President Trump is not going to get the wall in any form because there are not enough votes for it in the house or the senate.

7-YEAR OLD GIRL DIES AT THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER
EL PASO, Tex. – The father of a 7-year old girl from Guatemala who died in U.S. custody signed a form saying his daughter was in good health, shortly before she died. Border Patrol agents read the form to him in Spanish, his second language. Just what happened in the hours before Jakelin Caal died in the soaring temperatures near the border remains under investigation.