News to Know (4/27/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Census Bureau says the U.S. population reached nearly 331.5 Million last year, a 7.4% increase from 2010. The decade’s population growth rate was the second-slowest on record after the 1930s.

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – Authorities arrest a suspect in a Coffeyville, Kansas homicide. Coffeyville police say officers on Friday responded to the 700 block of West Martin street for a shooting. When officers arrived, they learned the victim, 46-year old Christopher Temple, had been taken to the hospital. Temple later died of his wounds. Monday, authorities announced the suspect, 24-year old Ruben Robles of Coffeyville, was arrested in New Mexico.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A Newton County Judge sentences an Oklahoma man for his role in shooting at a Seneca, Missouri police officer. Kenneth Nelums gets 18-years and 15-years in prison on charges of first degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Those sentences will run at the same time. Nelums entered an Alford plea, which means he doesn’t admit guilt but recognizes that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him. The crime happened in September. Authorities say a Seneca police officer tried to make a traffic stop, but someone shot at the officer. The officer was not hit. Bradley Holms, the alleged shooter, also entered an Alford plea. He got 15 years in prison. Tony Helm, another co-defendant also got 15 years in prison.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs three anti-abortion bills into law. Governor Stitt announced on twitter he signed bills yesterday requiring physicians who perform abortions to be certified in obstetrics, adding performing abortions to the list of unprofessional conduct by doctors, and prohibiting abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights has successfully sued to overturn numerous anti-abortion bills in Oklahoma and says it’s considering all options to ensure the laws don’t take effect.

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