KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-16
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FLOODING
Two men are dead from the extreme weather, that slammed Montgomery County, Kansas Tuesday. That weather included a tornado that touched down in the Elk City Area, and heavy rains which spurred 40 to 50 water rescues in Independence, Kansas. The Montgomery County Director of Emergency Management says most areas in the county have dried out.
All Pittsburg city employees will see a pay increase under a new city budget. All workers will get a 1% raise. In addition, some full time workers will receive a 2% merit based raise. City officials say there will be no tax increase to pay for the raises. The city’s full budget is $54-Million dollars.
PAUL MANAFORT TRIAL
12 jurors in Alexandria, Virginia begin deliberations today in the bank and tax fraud trial of Paul Manafort. Both sides presented closing arguments yesterday. Prosecutors said Trump’s former campaign chairman hid at least $16-Million dollars from the IRS and lied to secure millions in bank loans.
SECURITY CLEARANCE REVOKED
President Trump has revoked the security clearance of Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan.
The president pointed to Brennan’s criticism of his administration… calling his remarks unfounded and outrageous. Brennan is vowing to continue to speak out. The president says he’s also reviewing security clearances for nine other people who have been critical of him.