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Ravages of COVID surge evident inside Missouri hospital

Jul. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Daryl Barker was passionately against a COVID-19 vaccination, and so were his relatives. Then 10 of them got sick and Barker, at just 31, ended up in a Missouri intensive care unit fighting for his life. It's a scenario playing out time and again...

3-year-old boy drowns in southwestern Missouri lake

Jul. 19, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

NIXA, Mo. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy drowned in Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri, officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The drowning happened Sunday night when authorities said the boy was left unattended and without a life vest around 9 p.m. at...

3 men charged in deadly 2018 Missouri duck boat accident

Jul. 16, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

A local prosecutor charged a boat captain and two other employees Friday over 17 deaths in July 2018 when a tourist duck boat sank on a Missouri lake during a severe thunderstorm, reviving the threat of long prison sentences seven months after federal charges against them were dismissed. ...

Local prosecutor files 63 felony charges against 3 employees in 2018 Missouri duck boat accident that killed 17

Jul. 16, 2021 10:56 AM EDT
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Local prosecutor files 63 felony charges against 3 employees in 2018 Missouri duck boat accident that killed 17.

Missouri coaster cleared to open after boy hurt in accident

Jul. 10, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri inspectors on Friday said it's safe to reopen a roller coaster attraction where an 11-year-old boy was severely injured last month in the tourist town of Branson. Missouri's Division of Fire Safety is still investigating the accident that...

Missouri governor doesn’t want door-to-door vaccine help

Jul. 08, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are pushing back after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he doesn't want government employees going door-to-door in his state to urge people to get vaccinated, even as a COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms some hospitals. ...

Fourth of July raises worries as vaccination efforts gear up

Jul. 01, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Health officials working to boost lagging COVID-19 vaccination rates in Missouri are growing anxious as the Fourth of July weekend approaches, creating ripe conditions for the fast-spreading delta variant to send hospital numbers climbing. “We are...

Mom of toddler who died after clinic visit awarded damages

Jun. 30, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The family of a toddler who died just three hours after being misdiagnosed at a Branson urgent care clinic is receiving $1.8 million in damages. Jurors in Taney County recently awarded Kassie Mcatee nearly $3.2 million in damages in the June 2017...

Grandmother: Boy injured on Branson coaster might lose legs

Jun. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The grandmother of an 11-year-old Tennessee boy who was injured on a roller coaster in Missouri says doctors are concerned his legs might have to be amputated. Aalondo Perry, who is visually impaired, was injured Sunday when he fell while getting off...

12-year-old boy injured in Branson roller coaster accident

Jun. 21, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Two state inspectors on Monday were at a roller coaster attraction in the popular Missouri tourist town of Branson, trying to determine how a 12-year-old boy was badly injured in an accident. The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The...