Today’s top headlines for Jan. 7, 2020

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – Ottawa County Residents want answers about the Sheriff’s budget.  The Sheriff’s Office has dealt with funding issues in the past year and now resident’s want answers from the County Commission.  The Sheriff currently has only four full time deputies on staff.  The citizens also want transparency on the funding, specifically why no other department faces funding cuts.

Missouri – Missouri Junior Senator Josh Hawley files a rule change that gives the Senate the power to dismiss the Articles of Impeachment filed against President Trump.  This would only happen if the House fails to deliver the Articles of Impeachment within 25 days of the vote.  The proposal is a direct response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to withhold the Articles against the President in order to convince the G-O-P controlled senate to call witnesses to the trial.  The change has the support from 10 Senate Republicans.

Oklahoma – A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy has been killed in Mexico while traveling with his family.  According to authorities and the teen’s father, Oscar Lopez was shot in both legs during an ambush attack near the U.S. border on Saturday night.  He died later that night.  The teen’s mother, uncle, and brother were also injured.  They’re now in stable condition at a hospital in Nuevo Laredo.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Redings Mill Fire Protection District asks for help after some equipment was stolen over the weekend.  Firefighters found a brush fire truck and 27-thousand dollars worth of equipment was missing after a routine check-up at Fire Station Five in Joplin.  Several residents believe the theft is connected to a string of recent robberies in the neighborhood.  Officials say this is ultimately a loss of the taxpayer’s money.