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Addict Allegedly Stole Dying Daughter's Opioids

Carol Ballweg confessed after tip from hospice staff: cops

(Newser) - Police in Missouri say a dying woman didn't get the oxycodone and fentanyl she was prescribed because her mother stole the drugs to feed her opioid addiction. Carol Ballweg—charged with abusing a vulnerable person and stealing a controlled substance—allegedly admitted to stealing painkillers from her 20-year-old daughter,... More »

Boy's Survival 'Miraculous' After Skewer Pierces Skull

It missed his brain, eye, spine, major blood vessels

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Missouri boy is recovering after he was attacked by insects and tumbled from a tree, landing on a meat skewer that penetrated his skull from his face to the back of his head. But miraculously, that's where Xavier Cunningham's bad luck ended. The skewer had completely... More »

Millionaire Accused of Killing Lawyer a Week After Judgment

David Jungerman's $33M in assets are now under care of a Kansas City police commissioner

(Newser) - Millionaire David Jungerman should be enjoying his golden years. Instead, his assets are now under the control of police in Kansas City, who've charged him with murder. It's something of a tale: Per the Kansas City Star , the 80-year-old is accused of shooting and killing attorney Tom Pickert... More »

Missouri College Dumps Its Nike Uniforms

College of the Ozarks accuses company of disrespecting America

(Newser) - Nike uniforms are vestimenta non grata at the College of the Ozarks after the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The private Christian college in Missouri announced Thursday that its athletic teams will no longer buy Nike uniforms and any it has now will be removed, the Kansas City Star... More »

Feds Target Captains of Sunken Duck Boat

Coast Guard found evidence of 'misconduct, negligence, or inattention'

(Newser) - The duck boat sinking that killed 17 on a Missouri lake is now the subject of a federal criminal investigation after the Coast Guard found probable cause for negligence. The US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri is seeking to delay civil lawsuits over the July 19... More »

Teen's Birthday Post Turns Into Foreshadowing of Death

Teen Armond Latimore posted online he was glad to make it to 17 just an hour before being killed

(Newser) - Chandra Payne had made a run to the store to get ice cream for her son's 17th birthday, while he'd headed out to pick up some Chinese food. Just a few minutes after they parted on Saturday afternoon, however, the St. Louis mom got a terrible phone call,... More »

Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West... More »

One Big Race to Watch: Trump's Pick in Kansas

Kris Kobach is trying to unseat a sitting GOP governor, with the president's backing

(Newser) - Voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, and analysts will again be looking for clues on what the results might mean for the November midterms. Some highlights:
  • Kansas: The GOP primary for the governor's seat might be the highest-profile contest of the night because of President
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Duck Boat Operators Ignored Weather Alerts: $100M Suit

Faulty canopies, pumps also cited in complaint against owners, operators of Missouri vessel

(Newser) - A lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages has been filed against the owners and operators of a duck boat that sank July 19 on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The federal lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of two members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when... More »

Duck-Boat Tragedy Video: Trip Went From Calm to Frantic

NTSB releases a preliminary timeline of what happened

(Newser) - Now, the video. Federal officials have reviewed footage from the sunken Missouri duck boat to see how events unfolded and compare the launch time to severe-weather warnings for the area, the Kansas City Star reports. Per the National Transportation Safety Board, the trip went from leisurely to frantic within minutes... More »

Arson That Killed 2 Firefighters Wasn't Salon Owner's First

Thu Hong Nguyen faces up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - The 2015 deaths of two firefighters were caused by a woman who set fire to her own nail salon, and not for the first time, a judge ruled Monday. Thu Hong Nguyen was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree arson, second-degree murder, and second-degree assault after using flammable... More »

Divers Raise Sunken Duck Boat From Lake

The NTSB will take custody as investigation continues

(Newser) - The duck boat that capsized and sank last week on a sightseeing cruise was raised from a Missouri lake Monday, more than three days after the accident that killed 17 people near the tourist town of Branson. Divers attached a sling to the vessel, which was submerged in 80 feet... More »

Teen Girl Says Duck-Boat Captain Was 'Freaking Out'

And a private inspector says he warned the company about risks

(Newser) - A teenager on the Missouri duck boat was apparently "freaking out" when it sank because the captain was doing the same. "She's sad—very sad," Mandi Keller of Texas says about her 15-year-old daughter Gillian, per the Kansas City Star . Gillian was with her father on... More »

Here's Who Died on the Duck Boat

The Kansas City Star looks more closely at the victims

(Newser) - After 17 died in a tragic duck-boat accident this week, a local vigil and a newspaper are honoring the dead. "This has been my community for 10 years, so just hearing about it last night I felt completely helpless at home, not feeling like there's anything I could... More »

As Death Toll Hits 17, Questions Rise About Weather Warning

National Weather Service warned of severe storm, but it's unclear if duck boat knew

(Newser) - Four more bodies have been recovered from Table Rock Lake, bringing the confirmed death total to 17 in Thursday night's boat capsizing near Branson, Missouri. CNN reports that all of the missing have been accounted for after the tragedy involving a popular duck boat, which got caught in a... More »

Death Tolls Hits 13 in Missouri Duck Boat Disaster

4 still missing in Table Rock Lake

(Newser) - Severe weather is being blamed for what could be America's deadliest "duck boat" disaster. Authorities in Branson, Missouri, have confirmed that at least 13 people, including children, died Thursday night when an amphibious boat carrying tourists capsized and sank in Table Rock Lake. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt.... More »

'Duck Boat' Capsizes in Missouri; 8 Are Dead

Several more injured at Table Rock Lake near Branson

(Newser) - A summer tragedy near Branson, Missouri: Police say at least eight people are dead and several more injured or missing after a "duck boat" capsized in Table Rock Lake. Authorities suspect a fast-developing storm with winds of about 60mph is to blame, reports the Kansas City Star . The victims... More »

Missouri Bans Controversial Practice, Sets Minimum Age for Marriage

15-year-olds can no longer wed in the state

(Newser) - Fifteen-year-olds can no longer get married in Missouri. The state had long been the most lenient in the US when it came to child marriage: About half the states have no minimum age requirement for marriage, but Missouri was the only state in which just one parent's signature—and... More »

'Extinction' Looms for America's Biggest Nail Manufacturer

Mid-Continent Nail says it was forced to raise prices due to the 25% tariff on steel

(Newser) - Mid-Continent Nail laid off 60 of its 500 workers on June 15, and says it could have to entirely halt production by Labor Day, reports CNN . Located in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the nation’s largest manufacturer of nails says that it was forced to raise prices due to the new... More »

Beloved Yorkie Stays With Girl for Entire 12-Hour Ordeal

3-year-old Remy Elliott and Fat Heath were lost in a corn field nearly half a day

(Newser) - A little girl is home in the arms of her mother after reportedly getting lost in a Missouri cornfield for nearly 12 hours, during which her beloved pooch never left her side. Per KFVS , 3-year-old Remy Elliott had a friend in the family's Yorkshire Terrier, named Fat Heath, when... More »

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