Missouri Minute: 17 dead following boat sinking at Table Rock; KCI unions strike deal (Updated)

Updated at July 20 at 4 p.m.

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

17 confirmed dead after duck boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake

Seventeen people were confirmed dead as of Friday afternoon after a tourist duck boat capsized Thursday night in the midst of windy conditions on Table Rock Lake near Branson. The Ride the Ducks boat sank with a reported 31 people on board. A spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, which owns the boat company, said Ride the Ducks knew of an incident involving one of its boats. Read more

KCI developer, unions agree in principle on airport renovation

The timeline and budget for Kansas City International Airport’s renovation still remain uncertain, but when the project gets underway it will be without the threat of labor stoppages. Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, the Maryland-based firm in charge of the renovation, said Thursday it had reached an agreement in principle with labor unions for the project, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion. Read more

Missouri lawmakers, hospitals blast roll-out of Medicaid amendment

Missouri lawmakers this week criticized the Department of Social Services for its enactment of a new Medicaid amendment, with one key legislator suggesting the state should delay the amendment because of a “bungled” roll-out. The amendment reduced by 10 percent reimbursements to hospitals that don’t participate in the state’s three managed care plans. Officials from affected hospitals have called it a financial disaster. Read more

St. Louis roast beef restaurant chain Lion’s Choice expanding to KC

Lion’s Choice, a Town and Country-based chain of roast beef restaurants, plans to open two locations in the Kansas City area in November, marking the restaurant chain’s first expansion beyond the St. Louis area under current ownership. Lion’s Choice CEO Mike “Kup” Kupstas said the chain, which has 27 locations in the St. Louis area, has been looking to expand to new markets since it was acquired by Millstone Capital Advisors in 2013. Read more

Scooter startup Bird makes short-lived St. Louis debut

Pump the breaks for just a minute on the electric scooter craze spreading to St. Louis. Bird, a Los Angeles-based startup that lets users rent electric scooters through a mobile app, released dozens of its scooters in St. Louis on Thursday. But by day’s end, Bird had agreed to cage the scooters until it had obtained a city permit. Read more


Update July 20 at 4 p.m. – This story and its headline have been changed to reflected updated totals of casualties and survivors.

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