News to Know: Joplin fatal shooting, property tax question, renovations at PCMS

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JOPLIN, Mo. – One man is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting in Joplin. Police say the shooting happened Monday night after 6:00 pm around the intersection of 5th and South Connor. Witnesses say numerous shots were fired. Authorities are not releasing any names or information about a possible suspect. Click here to follow the latest details on this case.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Monday the Joplin City Council approved a plan to add a property tax question to the August ballot. The property tax would be for a rate of one dollar per one-hundred dollars of assessed valuation. It would pay for wage and funding increases for the Joplin Police and Fire departments which were also agreed to last night.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A newly-released grand jury report is highly critical of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state’s pardon and parole board. The report says the parole board was so focused on releasing inmates that it cut corners and ignored internal processes, which ultimately led to the release of an inmate later charged with killing three people. The panel also criticized Governor Stitt for how he appointed board members. A spokesman for Governor Stitt called the grand jury process a “sham”.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Construction work begins at the Pittsburg Community Middle School. The work is part of the bond project passed by voters in January. School officials hosted an event to celebrate the construction kick-off. Under the project, all four floors of the Middle School will be remodeled. That includes adding a modern science lab, adding an ADA compliant elevator, and renovating the school’s auditorium.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Investigators are combing through evidence linked to the man accused of shooting and killing ten people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Authorities say he was racially motivated. This morning we are asking is white nationalism a national threat? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote on our KOAM InstaPoll @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.