Man drowns in Branson pond while fleeing from officers
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned in a Branson pond while fleeing from officers.
Branson police said in a Facebook post that officers encountered the suspect Sunday while...
Judge: Review of Branson attraction was not defamatory
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Kansas cattle farmer did not defame a Branson attraction by leaving a three-star TripAdvisor review.
Silver Dollar City near Branson planning major expansion
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Silver Dollar City theme park near Branson is planning an expansion that is expected to cost more than $30 million.
CAPE FAIR, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the body of a 37-year-old Branson woman has been recovered from Table Rock Lake.
Recent Missouri Editorials
The Joplin Globe, July 19
Our view: No more duck boats
There's "No!" Then there's "H-E-Double Hockey Sticks no!"
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says everyone affected by last year's duck boat tragedy on Table Rock Lake near Branson "deserves answers," and he is urging federal agencies to...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning of July 19, 2018, had that feel Midwesterners are familiar with: That still, sticky air hinting a stormy day ahead.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Democratic state auditor on Thursday called out Republican Gov. Mike Parson for being reimbursed for unnecessary travel and wasting taxpayer money during his...
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic...
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A guitarist has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Social Security Administration after the agency sent an investigator to a show in the Missouri tourist town of Branson and...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two more employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people.
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson is getting a new science attraction called WonderWorks.
The Orlando, Florida-based operation announced this week that the...
Fire crews battle blaze in Branson motel
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Firefighters have contained a fire at a motel on the main strip that runs through the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State proceedings against the owner of a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, will be temporarily halted until federal charges in the case...
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — An entertainment company that owned a duck boat involved in a fatal sinking on a Missouri lake last summer disputes that an independent investigator told it its vehicles did...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The company that originally owned a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer killing 17 people has sold the remainder of its fleet to an Arkansas-based...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced Thursday that it won't operate the vessels this year because of the...
- The Daily JournalJamin SeabertAugust 14, 2019
- Post-BulletinBranson: Brighter than ever this ChristmasDecember 1, 2018
- Cleveland.comCedar Point's Steel Vengeance named best new ride by Amusement TodaySeptember 10, 2018
- Idaho State JournalNine of the 17 victims in Branson duck boat tragedy were part of one familyJuly 21, 2018
Jury awards $123M to victims in Seattle duck boat crash
SEATTLE (AP) — A jury has awarded about $123 million to the victims and families of a 2015 duck boat crash that killed five college students and injured more than 60 others in Seattle.
Branson police say woman dies after being hit by vehicle
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Branson police say a 49-year-old woman died after she was hit by a vehicle in Branson. Two people with her were seriously hurt.
Laura Curnes, whose hometown was not available, died Saturday evening at a Springfield hospital.
Branson officials say Curnes, her husband Gregory Curnes, and Jani Moncrief were crossing Branson Landing Boulevard Saturday in a marked crosswalk when they were hit by a truck.
Missouri city to honor 17 killed in tour boat accident
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri city where 17 people died in a tour boat accident last year plans to honor the victims somehow but is still determining how to do so.
Feds say Branson man sold drugs linked to 3 overdoses
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri man sold drugs linked to three overdoses, one of them fatal.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that 31-year-old Ryan Brynell, of Branson, is charged in federal court with attempted possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Teen posted about plans to buy firearm and ‘make history’
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri high school student faces a felony charge after authorities say he posted on social media that he was going to buy an assault rifle and "make history."
North America’s largest cross in Missouri to open to public
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Kerry Brown tells me that it was his father who years ago had the idea of building a giant cross in Walnut Shade, north of Branson.
It was his father, Dean, who in 2007 formed the nonprofit called Images at the Cross. At least 10 years ago, his father leased and later purchased the land at Highways 65 and 160 where the cross now stretches into the sky from atop a hill.
Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in southwest Missouri and killed 17 people, including nine members of an Indiana family, didn't tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according to an indictment released Thursday.
Powerful water pump removed from duck boat that sank
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Records show a water pump had been replaced with a less powerful system in a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people.
Definition of a lake is focus of duck boats court hearing
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The legal definition of what constitutes a lake was the focus of a court hearing concerning a tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people.
The Kansas City Star reports a federal judge heard arguments Thursday on whether Table Rock Lake in Branson is a "navigable waterway."
- Business WireInterval International Continues to Expand Vacation Exchange Network With Addition of Two Branson ResortsAugust 27, 2019
- Business WireEmerson Investing $49 Million in New Global Headquarters for Welding, Assembly and Cleaning TechnologiesApril 3, 2019
- Business WireNational Enquirer Live coming to Branson and Pigeon ForgeMarch 5, 2019
- BusinessWireDolly’s Dinner Theater Company Purchases Fee Hedrick EntertainmentFebruary 1, 2019
- BusinessWireReeceNichols Real Estate Acquires Top Performing RE/MAX Office in BransonJanuary 3, 2019
3 suffer minor injuries after mountain coaster crash
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Two carts on a mountain coaster crashed into each other earlier this month in Branson, sending three people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation
Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members.
The Latest: Lawyers blast legal move in fatal boat accident
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the lawsuits over a July tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people (all times local):
A survivor of a July tourist boat accident that killed 17 people in Missouri and attorneys representing deceased family members are calling the latest legal filing by two companies facing multiple lawsuits insulting and insensitive.
The attorneys also said Monday night in a statement that there have been no settlement offers.
Company wants some Missouri boat death lawsuits dropped
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson asked a judge Monday to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people.
Indiana man, 97, drowns in lake near Missouri tourist town
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 97-year-old Indiana man has died after he was found floating in a lake near the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the drowning victim as Clarence Leohr, of Clay City, Indiana. He was found floating Saturday in Lake Taneycomo at the Tanglewood Resort about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) northeast of Branson.
Hawley defends duck boat lawsuit in latest court filing
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is defending his lawsuit against the operators of a duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people.
Hawley's August lawsuit accuses Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment Inc. of violating Missouri's consumer protection law and putting profits above safety, citing the July 19 accident on Table Rock Lake.
Branson motels see signs of improvement
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — On his first day with the Branson Police Department in 2012, Stan Dobbins told the sergeant on duty, "Take me to your problem area. I need to see the problem."
Dobbins, who served as assistant chief and then chief of the department before taking over as Branson's city administrator, said the sergeant drove him to an extended-stay motel.
Families of duck boat victims oppose delay in lawsuits
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say federal prosecutors might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash.
The Kansas City Star reports that federal prosecutors have asked a judge to halt the civil lawsuits related to the crash on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, until their criminal investigation is complete.
Duck boat operators criticize attorney general’s lawsuit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operators of a Missouri duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people, say in a court filing that a lawsuit from Missouri's attorney general is "irresponsible" and "littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo."
4 hurt after tram hit a tree at outdoor theater in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say four women were hurt after a passenger tram hit a tree at an entertainment venue in the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened Thursday at the Shepard of the Hills outdoor theater. The patrol says the tram was going downhill on a private path when the brakes locked up. The tram started skidding and ran off the roadway before striking a wooden fence and a tree.
Missouri attorney general sues over deadly duck boat sinking
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Hawley on Friday sued the owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, alleging that the companies violated the state's consumer protection law and put profits above safety.
Prosecutors: Possible negligence in Missouri boat sinking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has found probable cause that the sinking of a tourist boat on a Missouri lake last month that killed 17 people "resulted from the misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties" by the captain of the boat, according to a court motion filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors.
Coast Guard refers duck boat case for criminal investigation
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has referred the investigation into last month's deadly sinking of a Missouri tourist boat to federal prosecutors, officials said Tuesday.
Man who tried to save boat victims alleges emotional stress
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A former employee of a southwestern Missouri paddlewheel tourist boat alleges in a lawsuit that he suffered post-traumatic stress after trying to save victims of a fatal duck boat accident.
Plane Just Misses Van Crossing Missouri Runway
Plane narrowly misses van crossing runway for barbecue
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A jetliner taking off narrowly missed hitting an airport van that crossed a runway to go to an employee barbecue.
The Envoy Air jet, with 50 passengers and 3 crew members aboard, was taking off on June 27 from Missouri's Springfield-Branson National Airport. Video shows the van cleared the jet's path with seconds to spare.
Survivor of duck boat sinking urges ban on such crafts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman whose husband and three children died when a duck boat sank last month in Missouri said Tuesday she hopes to save lives by backing an effort to ban the amphibious tourist boats.
Tia Coleman, speaking through tears during a news conference in her Indianapolis home, urged people to sign an online petition calling on federal officials to ban the boats.
Passengers rescued from bungee ride after becoming stranded
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two passengers on a bungee ride in the tourist town of Branson had to be rescued after becoming stuck 100 feet in the air.
Man dies in southwest Missouri golf cart accident
BRANSON WEST, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in a golf cart accident in southwest Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as 78-year-old William Hunt, of Branson West. The patrol says the golf cart he was driving overturned Monday night while he was attempting to make a right turn near the Stone County town of Branson West.
He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are reviewing cellphones, a camera and a recording device found with a duck boat that sank in a storm last month in southern Missouri, as part of investigations into the disaster that killed 17 people .
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been charged with first-degree murder after a car plunged into the Kansas River and the body of her 5-year-old daughter was pulled from the water.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson on Monday charged 26-year-old Scharron Renea Dingledine, of Columbia, in the death of her daughter. Dingledine is also charged with attempted first-degree murder stemming from critical injuries to her 1-year-old son, who remains hospitalized.
Missouri man sentenced for Branson love triangle killing
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than 20 years for a fatal love-triangle shooting in Branson.
The Taney County prosecuting attorney says 23-year-old Dakota Claypole, of Branson, was sentenced Friday to 21 years for second-degree murder and 21 years for armed criminal action. The sentences are to be served at the same time.