News to Know: 19-year old charged in fatal crash, Healthy Bourbon County receives $200,000 grant

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Authorities charge a 19-year-old man in a crash earlier this month that killed another 19-year-old. Authorities say Joseph Hill of Carthage was driving while intoxicated when the vehicle overturned near Grand Falls in Joplin. In that crash, two people were injured and Keenan Reed of Carthage was killed. Hill is charged with felony DWI death of another, second degree felony assault, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Find more details about the crash here.

FORT SCOTT, Kan.- Some southeast Kansas community projects got extra funding courtesy of the USDA. one of those is the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team. The team received a grant of more than 200-thousand dollars. The money will go towards different projects including helping start low-income or minority businesses and other financial and equity projects within those groups. Read more here.

MIAMI, Okla. – The Miami, Oklahoma city council is giving residents some leeway on utility rates when a meter can’t be read because of extraordinary circumstances. The issue was brought up to the council after two residents had problems with their water meters. One was struck by lightning and the other was installed incorrectly. As a result, city workers were unable to accurately read the meters. Now, the city manger has the power to wave all fees or a portion of them in cases like these. The council also discussed possible changes to its animal laws, including mandatory sterilization and limits on the number of pets allowed.

COLUMBUS, Kan. – Abby Nelson, a founder of a company called Micro Mansions, is building modern micro houses for people who want to save space but still have a newer, durable, energy-efficient home. The company is currently building the first “kit” version home in Columbus, Kansas and will use it for Air-BNB later on. The owner says the idea arose when she could not find a small enough home for herself.  Learn more about micro-mansions here.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Wearable tech has become as common as the watch on your wrist… and now an Arizona company is building tech that directly benefits your health. The hiji band has a sensor that can detect concussions in athletes. This morning we are asking if you use technology to monitor your health? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and weigh in on our KOAM InstaPoll @