News to Know: A head-on crash in Newton County kills both drivers, plus Oklahoma criticized for lack of transparency

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NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A head-on crash in Newton County, Missouri kills both drivers. It happened just after 7:00am Thursday morning, on East Highway 86, just west of Newtonia. Investigators say a car driven by 36-year-old Diania Bittner of Neosho, Missouri, crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by 66-year-old Jane Taylor of Stark City, Missouri. Bittner died at the scene. Taylor was flown to a hospital, where she died. There were no other people in either car. Read more about the crash here.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A federal audit report sharply criticizes Oklahoma officials for a lack of transparency, oversight and accountability in the use of corona-virus relief funds that were intended for education. The state, which received nearly $40-million dollars in pandemic funds, has already returned more than $919,000 that was un-spent from the program. The document calls for the state to audit another $5.4-million dollars for possible refund of mis-spent funds, and develop better management and internal controls of the spending.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Germany and the Netherlands next week to promote Missouri international trade. The governor’s office said in a statement that Germany and the Netherlands are important trade partners for Missouri, with more than 902-million dollars in Missouri goods exported to the two countries last year. The trip is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a missouri nonprofit organization.

MIAMI, Okla. – The Miami, Oklahoma Public library announces it’s launching three online services. They’re called Brain Fuse Job Now, Brain Fuse Vet Now, and Brain Fuse Help Now. The programs provide job search related items such as resumes and give online tutoring. They also provide assistance to area veterans. The programs are available now to use anytime and even offer a 24/7 help center for math and science assignments.

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