Snakebite deaths still rare, despite case from Missouri

Even though a 37-year-old southwest Missouri man died after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after wading into the James River, such deaths are relatively rare. Gilbert De Leon was with his girlfriend near Nixa on Friday when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten. De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and later died.

Government & Politics

Kansas lawmakers to work through weekend on budget fix

Lawmakers should book hotel rooms to stay in Topeka this weekend. House Speaker Ray Merrick confirmed Thursday morning that lawmakers would remain in Topeka through the weekend in hopes of finding a fix to the state’s budget hole.

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