KOAM Morning News to Know 7-8

DUENWEG, Mo. – Area fire departments are sending condolences to the Duenweg Fire Department over the passing of its chief. 63-year old Jack “Allyn” Reding who went by Allyn died Friday of a sudden illness. The lifelong resident of Duenweg became a member of the volunteer fire department as a teenager and in 1998 became chief. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7pm with funeral services Tuesday at 10am both at Lifepoint Pentecostal church.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A record-breaking 48.9 million americans took to the roads over the 4th of July weekend, many of those travelers returning home on Sunday. Triple A reports nearly two-million more drivers than last year going on road trips over the long weekend to visit family and friends. Local law enforcement says they saw an increase in crashes and DWI arrests. Historically, July is one of the deadliest months for travel with so many people taking advantage of summer vacation time.

TOPEKA, KAN. – More Kansas brain injury patients will get support from Medicaid. The state is expanding coverage for people who have brain injuries that happened due to internal issues such as strokes or tumors effective July 1st. A bipartisan coalition of legislators approved the inclusion of acquired brain injury in a statute that originally included brain injury from a blow to the head. Lawmakers voted also to extend services to children under 16 starting in October.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Gods Resort breaks ground on two new five plex apartment buildings. Prayer, song and celebration commemorated the expansion of the ministry. Gods Resort is a transitional housing and stability program, helping people get back on their feet. The expansion will open 10 spots for people already on the Gods Resort waiting list. The buildings should be complete and ready to be moved into by the end of the year.

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