News to Know: Wanted vehicle, New state sport

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin Police release surveillance images of the suspect’s car in a shooting that happened shortly after 6 pm Monday. Police say this vehicle — believed to be a black Ford Taurus SHO — was apparently driven by a person involved in a shooting at Fifth and Connor in Joplin. Authorities say it has a distinctive exhaust system and wheels. Police have yet to identify the person. They also say 46-year-old Kenneth Mathews of Joplin was killed in that shooting. A second victim remains in the hospital in critical condition. If you have any information about the shooting or vehicle — please contact the police. For more information on this shooting, go to our website.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Joplin man is sentenced for conspiracy to distribute meth. This past November, Jason Russell pled guilty to one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Newton County. Multiple law enforcement agencies had been investigating him since 2019. Officials pulled him over on I-44 — then arrested him when they found about two pounds of meth in his truck. Russell is sentenced to just over 24 years in federal prison without parole. More information on this story can be found on our website.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. — Oklahoma’s legislature gives the final approval to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill. Abortion providers say once signed, the bill would become the most restrictive abortion ban in effect in the country. The bill would prohibit all abortions — from the moment of fertilization — except to save the life of a pregnant woman or a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement. That goes beyond a Texas law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected — which is usually around six weeks of pregnancy. To read more on this ban, go to our website.

SARCOXIE, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers give the final approval to designate archery as the official state sport. Archery is one of the oldest sports in the world, and here in the 4-states, some local teams have gone on to win national titles. For those locally who take pride in the sport they say it’s nice to finally be recognized. To read more on this story, go to our website.