Today’s top headlines for January 2, 2020

The news you need to know before you head out the door

CARTHAGE, Mo. – A man who fell asleep in a pickup at a carthage store — later awoke to find he was riding with a carjacker. It started early yesterday morning as Brett Snead of Nevada, Missouri slept in a pickup while his friend, the driver, went into a Carthage store. Snead says when he awoke an armed masked carjacker was driving and ingesting meth. The carjacker drove them to oklahoma where he then forced Snead out of the truck. Snead called police and with the help of On-Star and stop-sticks, arrested Brandon Kirby of Oklahoma for the carjacking.

BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Officials recover a stolen vehicle after responding to a vehicle on fire call. It happened in Barton County on Northwest 60th Lane, north of V Highway. Deputies and troopers responded, along with firefighters. The vehicle appears to be a total loss, but responders were able to locate a vehicle identification number showing the truck was stolen from Cherokee County, Kansas.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The gaming compacts between the state of Oklahoma and the 35 tribes that operate casinos, expired at midnight New Year’s Day. Despite Governor Stitt saying gaming would be illegal beginning in 2020, the tribes are operating business as usual. The original agreement was for 15 years and allowed the tribes exclusivity in the state to operate casinos while the state received a certain percentage of revenue from the tribes for that right. Governor Stitt asked for renegotiation of the compacts in July, and the state and the tribes have not been able to come to an agreement.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the changing of the calendar there are a number of new laws or changes to existing laws on the books in the 4-States. Missouri is increasing the minimum wage by 85 cents an hour. The new minimum wage is $9.45 an hour. The increase stems from the 2018 Proposition B which will gradually increase the states minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour by 2023.