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17 Dead in Duck Boat Accident on Table Rock Lake Near Branson

At least 16 passengers and the driver of an amphibious boat on Table Rock Lake near Branson have died after the boat capsized and sank Thursday night. The Highway Patrol says those that died ranged in age from 1 to 70 years old. Divers resumed their search of the lake Friday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board says it is sending investigators today. Rader says stormy weather is believed to be what caused the Ride the Ducks boat to capsize last night. The National Weather Service...

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When communities watch young people grow up, go off and never return, remaining residents and politicians often bemoan there’s been a “brain drain” — especially when such population loss means schools and businesses close.

But plenty of residents are full of love and pride for those communities, and some are working to identify their towns’ best attributes so they can attract new residents and achieve “brain gain.” 

For five years, Beck Dorey-Stein was Barack Obama's "professional stalker," she says. "His creeper."

As a former White House stenographer — a job she found on Craigslist of all places — Dorey-Stein was part of a team responsible for going anywhere the president would go, recording his every public utterance and then transcribing it for posterity.

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When communities watch young people grow up, go off and never return, remaining residents and politicians often bemoan there’s been a “brain drain” — especially when such population loss means schools and businesses close.

But plenty of residents are full of love and pride for those communities, and some are working to identify their towns’ best attributes so they can attract new residents and achieve “brain gain.” 

The race to represent the 5th District on the St. Louis County Council comes amid a backdrop of extreme discord between Council members and the county executive.

County Executive Steve Stenger came into office in January 2015, with most of the Council on his side. As time went on, six out of the seven members ended up against him — leaving Councilman Pat Dolan as Stenger’s lone ally.

Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, is hoping to retain that designation after the Aug. 7 election. He’s facing a strong primary challenge from Lisa Clancy, a Maplewood Democrat who wants to supply a “fresh voice” on the Council.

Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kansas, spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the frontlines of disasters in places like Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At home with his three kids and wife, Elaine, he'd always been unfailingly reliable, so when he forgot their wedding anniversary two years in a row, they both started to worry.

"We recognized something wasn't right and pretty much attributed it to being overworked and tired," Elaine says.

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Branson Mourns for 17 Killed in Sinking of Packed Duck Boat

Jul 20, 2018

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 decades.

Divers found four more bodies in Table Rock Lake, bringing the death toll to 17, including the crew member who was driving the amphibious boat. In their initial assessment, authorities blamed thunderstorms and winds that approached hurricane strength, and a full investigation was underway.

City Will Collect Trash Before Recycling Starting Friday

Jul 20, 2018

A staff shortage is forcing the Columbia Solid Waste Utility to focus on collecting curbside trash first and curbside recycling second beginning Friday.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. 

Missouri House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty is resigning effective Sunday.

The Kansas City Democrat gave her resignation letter Friday to Gov. Mike Parson. She's stepping down several months before her final term would have ended so that she can start a new job Monday as head of Jackson County's Assessment Department.

City Plans Stream Buffer, Wetlands Projects Along Hinkson Creek

Jul 20, 2018

Fish, frogs, birds and bugs will benefit from two stream buffer and wetlands projects the city plans to complete along two sections of Hinkson Creek.

The projects are planned for land along the creek near the city landfill and near the Hinkson's confluence with Perche Creek near Brushwood Lake. They would not only enhance wildlife habitat but also improve water quality, the Columbia City Council learned during a Monday evening work session.