News to Know (9/22/21)

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

JOPLIN, Mo. – The defense for a Joplin murder suspect tries to make its case for a lesser charge as the trial enters its now third day. Stephen Thompson is accused of shooting his estranged wife and another woman in 2015. Carissa Gerard died from her injuries. Thompson’s estranged wife, Kristina Thompson, survived, but was critically injured. Stephen Thompson is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. His attorneys are trying to get a lesser charge of second degree murder. Prosecution plays Stephen Thompson interviews of Joplin murder

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Police in Saint Louis say one person was killed and three others hurt at an evening vigil for another shooting victim. Police say the shooting happened Monday night at an intersection in the Downtown West neighborhood during a vigil for 27-year old Demetrise Thomas who was shot and killed nearby earlier that morning. Police say someone in a dark sport utility vehicle drove by the vigil and shot into the crowd, leaving two women and two men with gunshot wounds. One man died at the scene, and the other three were taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

ORONOGO, Mo. – Jasper County Animal Control and the Oronogo Police Department help take 18 dogs from one owner to the Joplin Humane Society. The dogs were voluntarily released by their owner after six people, including a law enforcement officer, were bitten by the dogs. The dogs will be examined by the shelter and put up for adoption.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Company Days returns to Pitt State after a year long hiatus. More than 170 companies from across the nation are on campus to work on attracting their next batch of workers. Tuesday’s event highlighted 107 of those companies with a focus on the construction industry. The event continues today with automotive companies. Pittsburg State hosts Company Days

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