KOAM Morning News to Know 8-5

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly calls for common sense gun safety laws in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. She’s also calling attention to the shooting death of an innocent bystander in Kansas City. 25-year old Erin Langhofer was hit by gunfire this weekend. Governor Kelly says we’ve seen our 251st mass shooting for the year and she says this is not normal, but rather a public health crisis.

COMMERCE, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation takes the lead on a homicide investigation in Commerce, Oklahoma. Investigators say Friday night 38-year old Ray Alan Whitney the 2nd entered the home of someone he knew on the 300 block of Elm street in commerce. That’s when he was stabbed. Whitney was taken by two people to Miami. The driver stopped in the Walmart parking lot and called an ambulance. He later died at the hospital.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Three people are killed in a hit and run crash in Springfield over the weekend. The driver had previously lost the trailer his pickup truck was pulling sending it through traffic lights at the fairgrounds. Springfield police and a highway patrol helicopter tracked the suspect vehicle which was involved in more crashes. Officers captured 29-year old Andrew lynch. He is charged with 8 counts including three counts of 2nd degree murder.

CARL JUNCTION, MO. – FEMA holds a disaster recovery center at the Carl Junction Community Center where agencies will help survivors learn about assistance and help them complete applications. There’s help with reimbursement for temporary housing expenses, unemployment due to a disaster, mitigation questions and more. The disaster assistance is available today through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Carl Junction Community Center.

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