News To Know: Ian regains strength, judge rules self-defense

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – A judge drops murder charges against a Pittsburg man. Dominik Short had been charged with murder in the shooting death of his mother, Stephanie Short, and the shooting of Velma Cubie. Short argued he acted in self defense, and the judge agreed. All charges against him have now been dropped. His co-defendent, James Hamilton, is still charged in this case.

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — Sheriff Rob Evenson thanks Detectives in his department for their vigilance as felony charges are filed on a pair for chopping down trees illegally and selling them. The investigation is not over, he tells us about $20,000 worth of walnut, white oak and black oak trees were cut and removed. If you’re interested in reading more about this story, click here.

MISSOURI – Missouri lawmakers approve an income tax cut and ditched plans to cut corporate taxes. The bill cuts income taxes from 5.3% to 4.95% beginning next year. The measure now heads to Governor Mike Parson, who is expected to sign it. Parson had directed lawmakers to cut income taxes during the special session.

NATIONAL – Hurricane Ian strengthened again late Thursday as its track shifted slightly to the east. According to the National Hurricane Center, Ian’s maximum winds increased to nearly 85 miles per hour. A hurricane warning has been issued from the Savannah river at the Georgia-South Carolina border to Cape Fear, North Carolina.