News to Know: Missouri offers income tax rebates, and Oklahoma governor to sign non-binary birth certificate ban

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House approves a bill that would give rebates of up to a thousand dollars for state income taxes owed this year. The proposal would allow for rebates of up to five-hundred dollars per individual or a thousand for married couples. For example, a couple who owes five-hundred dollars in state income taxes would be repaid five-hundred. If individuals or couples didn’t have to pay additional money in income taxes when they filed, they wouldn’t qualify. The bill now heads to the Senate.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A controversial bill regarding birth certificates passes the Oklahoma House. The bill would ban non-binary designations on birth certificates in the state. It came after Governor Kevin Stitt directed the state health department to stop issuing non-binary birth certificates last year, saying they’d done so without authorization under state law. The bill now heads to Governor Stitt’s desk for final approval.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin non-profit is giving back to the families of two fallen JPD officers. On Saturday night, the community support services of Missouri hosted a fundraiser to support the families of fallen officers, Corporal Ben Cooper and Officer Jake Reed. For a $15 dollar donation, attendees got spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, a drink and dessert. The non-profit says JPD has helped them numerous times, this was their way of giving back. All proceeds will go directly towards the officers’ families. Click here to hear from the Community Support Services of Missouri.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Saturday the Jasper County Prosecutor’s office hosted a pancake breakfast and silent auction to raise money for the families affected by the tragedy that took place on March 8th. All the money raised through the auction and breakfast will go towards the Joplin Police FOP.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: A set of triplets born this month in California have already become social media stars. Their one-in-10-thousand birth story has amassed 1.9 million likes on Tik Tok! This morning we are asking… How many children do you want or have? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion below and weigh in @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.