BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - An Indiana woman whose nine family members were killed when a Missouri duck boat sank says the last thing she heard before a huge wave swept over them was her sister-in-law yelling, "Grab the baby!" Tia Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew were the only survivors out of the 11 family members who set off on the tourist boat Thursday night. Coleman's husband and three children were among those killed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An organization backing one of three competing medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri has continued to bring in large contributions despite the origins of most of the haul being kept secret. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missourians for Patient Care campaign committee raised $530,000 in monetary contributions between April and July, about $505,000 of which was funneled from a nonprofit corporation with the same name. The nonprofit isn't required to reveal its donors.
(AP) - Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have led to more than 40 deaths since 1999. The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar deadly accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas. Both duck boats had overhead roofs or canopies that the National Transportation Safety Board warned could greatly increase the risk of passengers becoming trapped in the boat and drowning.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A forecast of excessive heat this weekend has prompted the cancellation of the weekend's racing at a North Texas thoroughbred horse racing track. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie says the live racing was canceled for the sake of "the safety and welfare" of the horses and jockeys. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky were all under heat advisories or warnings Friday.
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