KOAM Morning News to Know 4-8

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – The body of a male was discovered by someone walking east of Pittsburg near 250th street and Quincy. The individual saw the man in a vehicle on the northwest corner. Deputies scoured the scene Saturday night but came up without specifics on his identity or how the man died. Crawford County Sheriff Danny Smith says the case is still under investigation.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victims in a head on crash in Pittsburg Saturday. A van driven by 37-year old Scott Windsor of Grove, Oklahoma crossed the center line of Highway 69 on the bypass near Quincy. He struck 46-year old Brian Bavaro of Kansas City head on. Bavaro was taken by medical helicopter to freeman hospital with serious injuries. Bavaro’s passenger, Windsor, and his 4-year old year were taken to Via Christi with injuries.

AURORA, Mo. – An historic church building goes up in smoke and flames. The former First Christian Church in downtown Aurora on west pleasant street caught fire around 7:30pm on Friday. The church closed in 2013 due to declining membership after being in operation for 142 years. It’s believed a pet company was currently using the building. Multiple crews fought the fire. The cause has not yet been revealed.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly put pen to paper on a bipartisan education bill Saturday. The governor signed a new education funding bill into law increasing spending on public schools by roughly 90-million dollars. Kelly’s signing isn’t the end of the discussion. Senate Bill 16 now moves to the Kansas Supreme Court. The court struck down the law last year because the proposed increase wasn’t enough.