Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

Johnson County health officials are working to stop the spread of whooping cough.  The body of a soldier is returned to his family.  The Missouri Conservation Department warns against hauling firewood very far.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

Johnson County Works To Stop Spread Of Whooping Cough

Johnson County, Kansas is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. It's not as bad as in Washington State, where they’ve declared an epidemic of the disease, also known as pertussis.  But health workers and schools in the region have been taking extra steps to get a handle on the disease.  Find out more about what’s going on locally here.

Body Of Soldier Returned To Overland Park

For an Overland Park family and their friends, this Memorial Day was marked by the freshest of wounds.  More than 100 people solemnly greeted the body of Sergeant Michael Knapp when it arrived Monday at Kansas City International Airport.  Read more here.

Conservation Department Warns Firewood Could Spread Invasive Insect

Conservation agents are urging Missourians to not transport firewood.  It’s part of an effort to control the emerald ash borer from spreading throughout the state.  Find out more about the beetle here.