KOAM Morning News to Know 3-12

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin City Council last night did not select a new member despite previous plans. The council held a special meeting to hear from applicants for the city council position left open by Jim West’s sudden resignation. One of the applicants was not able to make it. The council will hold another meeting next week to hear from that absent candidate.

GALENA, Mo. – The Galena City Council met with contractors yesterday to discuss some minor discrepancies with phase two of the main street project. The city is giving the street a facelift, repairing sidewalks, roads, and curbs. The council expressed concerns about seams along the sidewalks already cracking, odd curb heights, poorly laid bricks, and uneven ground. No funding will come from the state until the city is happy with the construction. *Correction, they were discussing phase 2, which is not halted. The City says their concerns are minor.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office adds another K9 to the force. Yesterday was the first day on the job for Bear, a German Shepard trained to sniff out illegal narcotics and more. And it was also a big day for deputy Taylor Ludwig, Bear’s handler. This is Ludwig’s first stint as a K9 officer.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas lawmakers will consider a bill that could allow organ donors in the state to specify whether they want their organs to go to transplant patients in the state. The proposed legislation comes as the U.S. Department of Health and Human services is poised to nationalize the system used to distribute livers for transplant. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Roy Blunt of Missouri say the new policy would disproportionately affect patients in rural areas.