KOAM Morning News to Know 12-18

VATTEROTT CLOSED
JOPLIN, Mo. – Vatterott college locations are shut down. According to notices posted outside the Joplin location, the shut down is effective immediately and has to do with financial issues. It advises students to apply for a “closed-school” loan discharge from the U.S. Department of Education.

AUTOMATED WASTE COLLECTION
MIAMI, OKLA. – As the city of Miami, Oklahoma looks back on its year in review, we check in on the solid waste department’s transition to an automated commercial collection system. The department has had automated collection for residential pickup, but purchased a new automated garbage truck for commercial collection in June. The $370-Thousand dollar truck services 450 commercial customers.

FLYNN SENTENCING
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s former national security advisor will be sentenced today. Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the presidential election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller praised Flynn’s cooperation with the investigation into Russian meddling and recommended against prison time.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
WASHINGTON – President Trump and democrats are locked in a battle over funding for a southern border wall. If they can’t reach a government spending deal by the end of Friday, there will be a partial government shutdown. A new national poll finds 54% of Americans oppose a shutdown. If it happens, 43 % would blame the president and republicans.

WALL STREET LOSSES
NEW YORK – Wall Street had a second straight day of triple-digit losses. The DOW plunged 507 points. The NASDAQ fell 156. The decline puts the market into the red for the year. The selloff was widespread…retail, healthcare, and tech all dropped. And oil closed below $50 a barrel for the first time since october 2017.

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