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Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — "Grab the baby!" Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the tourist boat they were on sank into a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, including nine of Coleman's family members. A huge wave...

 

Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The country-and-western tourist town of Branson, Missouri, mourned Friday for more than a dozen sightseers who were killed when a duck boat capsized and sank in stormy weather in the deadliest such accident in almost two...

 

Indian student's dad has questions about Kansas City killing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The father of an engineering student from India who was fatally shot in Kansas City said Tuesday that he wishes a person of interest in the killing had been arrested rather than shot to death by police, because he wants to...

 

University of Kansas removes altered US flag art

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An art display that included an altered U.S. flag will be moved from an outside display on the University of Kansas campus to the school's art museum after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Republican political candidates...

 

Sheriff: 1 deputy killed, another wounded in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An inmate overpowered two sheriff's deputies while being transported to a Kansas City courthouse on Friday, resulting in a shooting that killed one deputy and critically wounded the other, authorities said. The suspect was...

 

2 charged in death of Missouri man entombed in concrete

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a year after a developmentally disabled Missouri man's body was found encased in concrete, two people who are accused in a lawsuit of making him fight for their entertainment have been charged in his death, a...

 

Disabled Missouri man forced to fight for amusement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A developmentally disabled Missouri man was forced to fight another man for the "amusement" of people who ran the private care home where he lived and was left to die in a bathtub, his mother has alleged in a lawsuit....

 

Judge hears evidence in Kansas prison recordings case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas declined to answer most of the questions he was asked Tuesday during a hearing to determine whether federal prosecutors improperly used secretly recorded conversations between attorneys...

 

Judge: Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S....

 

Missouri governor's lawyer asks panel to delay probe report

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' personal attorney is asking a state House committee investigating Greitens' actions during an extramarital affair to delay the release of its findings, saying an ongoing criminal investigation...

 

Schlitterbahn co-owner pleads not guilty in boy's death

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The co-owner of a Kansas waterpark is devastated by the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy on a massive water slide and is intent on finding out exactly why the ride malfunctioned, his attorney said Thursday. Jeff...

 

Indictment: Waterslide in fatal accident was 'deadly weapon'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas waterslide hyped as the world's highest was a "deadly weapon" that had already injured more than a dozen people before a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on it in 2016, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed...

 

Judge harshly criticizes Kobach during contempt hearing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A visibly angry federal judge on Tuesday blasted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for his office's failure to ensure that certain voters are notified that they are eligible to vote in the upcoming election while a...

 

$1.5B settlement in suit over Syngenta modified corn seed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A $1.5 billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a...

 

Settlement reached in suit over Syngenta modified corn seed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A $1.5 billion settlement was reached Monday in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of...

 

Expert: Voter fraud rare in US and Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Some of the "handful" of noncitizens who made it onto voter registration rolls in Kansas in the last 20 years were registered because of confusion over the regulations or administrative errors, a national expert on voter...

 

Bar shooting that fanned immigrant fears brings guilty plea

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting an Indian immigrant last year at a suburban Kansas City bar pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in the slaying that fanned fears of anti-immigrant violence following President Donald Trump's...

 

Kansas official says law halted up to 18K noncitizen votes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach defended his state's voter registration law Tuesday in federal court, claiming the measure he championed has prevented between 1,000 and 18,000 noncitizens from casting ballots. During...

 

Kansas father fighting deportation now held in Hawaii

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas father and husband who is fighting efforts to deport him to Bangladesh was taken off a plane that was flying him back to his native country and is being held at a detention center in Hawaii, his attorneys said...

 

Missouri man released after his murder conviction was tossed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man spent his first weekend of freedom after eight years in prison visiting with family and friends and doing simple things like buying a toothbrush and finding new clothes to wear. Brad Jennings, 61,...

 

Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards...

 

Kansas boy's relatives sue Kansas, Missouri social workers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of a 7-year-old boy who suffered horrific abuse before being killed by his stepmother and father and fed to pigs have filed a lawsuit alleging social service workers in Kansas and Missouri knew the boy was being...

 

Missouri woman charged with killing autistic daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with killing the autistic teenage daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby, weeks after the girl's remains were found in a burn pit on her remote property and months after the girl...

 

Roberts, McCaskill discuss protecting nation's food supply

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation's focus on protecting its agriculture, food and livestock from terrorism and infectious diseases has waned since it became a top priority after the Sept. 11 attacks but it's time to refocus on the issue, U.S....

 

Not guilty plea for suspect in Missouri officer's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday for the man accused in the killing of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop. Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton appeared via video at the Henry County Courthouse to...

 

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