KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-27
TAR CREEK CONFERENCE
The 20th Annual Environmental Conference at Tar Creek concluded on Wednesday. It brings attention to work being done, to clean up the “Tar Creek Superfund” site by Picher, Oklahoma. The event was both a celebration of 2 decades of progress on the Superfund site, and a call to action, for more work and funding, dedicated to restoring the Tar Creek area.
MISSOURI PROPOSITION D
Should Missouri increase gas taxes? Voters will get to decide on “Proposition D” in November. If passed, the measure would increase taxes on motor fuel two and a half cents per year, until 2022. That would mean a $.10 increase overall. State officials say it would add more than $400 Million dollars to state road funds, and local government road funds.
The federal reserve has once again raised federal interest rates. Wednesday’s quarter point hike was the Central Bank’s third increase of 2018. The fed also projected that the U.S. economy would expand by more than 3% this year… something that hasn’t happened since 2005.
TRUMP – ROSENSTEIN MEETING
President Trump is slated to meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today at the White House. Yesterday, Mister Trump was asked if he plans to dismiss Rosenstein. The president said he would prefer to keep him, adding that he may delay their meeting until the Kavanaugh hearing is over.
KAVANAUGH – FORD HEARING
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Only two witnesses are expected to be called: Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Ford was the first woman to publicly accuse the nominee of misconduct. She says he tried to rape her at a house party in the early 1980’s.