KOAM Morning News to Know 2-4

CONROE, Texas – An escaped prisoner is back in custody after a 9 hour manhunt. Multiple law enforcement agencies joined the search for 44-year old Cedric Joseph Marks. The professional MMA fighter is facing several murder charges. He escaped from a Texas prisoner transport in Conroe, Texas Sunday at a Mcdonalds where the van stopped to feed the prisoners. Marks allegedly killed two people, including his girlfriend and her friend, whose bodies were found buried in Clearview, Oklahoma last month.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Solace of the Ozarks, a community partnership of agencies aimed at providing hospice care in Joplin hosts a festive fundraiser on Saturday. Volunteers are hoping to raise enough money to build a free home away from home for people in their last stages of life. Officials say once they’ve raised enough money for two year’s worth of operating expenses, they plan on starting construction.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Tax collections in Kansas for January are down $49 million dollars, 7 percent less than what was anticipated. New governor Laura Kelly’s top revenue officials say a single month of disappointing tax collection is not a trend, but it broke a streak of 19 months of better than anticipated collections. It comes at a time as lawmakers are debating education funding and tax relief.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump has made it clear that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not be leaving the cabinet to run for U.S. Senate in Kansas. Pompeo previously served four terms in the house, representing Kansas’ 4th district. Longtime Republican Senator Pat Roberts’ announcement to retire has prompted an effort by many in the GOP leadership to recruit Pompeo for the position.