News To Know: Amtrak derailment, gas rates rise, Oklahoma protest law challenged and Oklahoma gun deaths on the rise
MENDON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities say at least three people are dead after a train derailment in rural Missouri. Several cars on an Amtrak train flipped on their side after the train collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri. Mendon lies about a hundred miles northeast of Kansas City. Authorities say at least 50 people were hurt. An estimated 243 passengers were on board the train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. Authorities arrived on the scene and Amtrak says it has also deployed resources. Click here to read more about this story.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri public service commission has approved an agreement in a rate case filed by the Empire district, a Liberty utilities company. This means the average residential customer will pay about a $1.50 more per month for natural gas. Liberty provides natural gas to 44,000 customers in 19 Missouri counties, including Vernon county. You can read more about this story by clicking here.
OKLAHOMA – A new study shows gun deaths in Oklahoma increased since a “permitless carry” law went into effect. The 20-19 law allows people over the age of 21 to carry a gun without a permit or training. The newspaper The Oklahoman analyzed state medical examiner data and found the state recorded some of its deadliest months in history since the law took effect. In the decade before “permitless carry,” only 10 months had 70 or more firearm deaths. From November 2019 until January there were 10 months with more than 70 gun-related deaths
OKLAHOMA – Six Oklahomans file two federal lawsuits that challenge a state law intended to crack down on protesters. They also allege their civil rights were violated when they were arrested in Oklahoma city in 2020. The six say the anti-protest law is unconstitutionally broad and vague. The law passed in 20-21 increases the penalties for blocking roadways and grants immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters. The second lawsuit alleges that the constitutional rights of five of the six plaintiffs were violated when they were charged with inciting a riot following a confrontation with police. Click here to read more about this story.
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: More casualties of higher prices: mortgage costs, housing prices and rent. Add these cost together with other rising cost of fuel and food, and finding the money to pay for rent can be a precarious balancing act. We want to know if you’re paying more for rent these days. Click here to head on over to the Instapoll section of our website and vote now.
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