KOAM Morning News to Know 4-9

JOPLIN, Mo. – Employees at Joplin’s Price Cutter learned they’ll be unemployed before the end of the month. The price cutter on Maiden Lane has served the Joplin Community under many hats for more than 25 years. But that all comes to an end on April 20th. Employees confirmed to KOAM the store will be closing to make way for an expansion of the James River Church, which recently opened a campus in the Victory building on Hammons Boulevard.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Some Joplin residents are reviving complaints about odor issues in the city. Last week two companies have been placed on a department of natural resources watch list. Officials say changing weather could mean they start receiving more complaints. The Joplin Health Department’s Assistant Director, who says they’ve received nine odor complaints in February, two in March, and one so far, in April.

ERIE, Kan. – The Erie, Kansas city council met last night, this after the council reinstated a police officer who was fired by the city’s police chief. The police chief said the officer was insubordinate. After the council’s decision to reinstate the officer, the city’s police chief then resigned. The council did not address the reinstated officer or the chief’s resignation. The council did however last night approve the interim police chief’s request to add two more officers.

CARTERVILLE, Mo. – A 20-year old Carterville, Missouri man gets four-years in prison for his role in a police chase that followed a drive-by shooting. Marquis Saunders was sentenced to four-years for four separate charges including endangering the welfare of a child. Those sentences will run at the same time.