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Morning Rush: Toni Anderson ‘hammered’ night she died, warehouse fire, abortion update

New video shows Toni Anderson last seen alive at QuikTrip

A month after police released dash cam video of Toni Anderson's traffic stop, new surveillance video shows Anderson's confused driving and final visit to a QuikTrip in North Kansas City hours before she drowned. This video includes music by Kevin
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A month after police released dash cam video of Toni Anderson's traffic stop, new surveillance video shows Anderson's confused driving and final visit to a QuikTrip in North Kansas City hours before she drowned. This video includes music by Kevin

Welcome to The Kansas City Star’s Morning Rush, where we get you ready for the day ahead.

Here’s what you need to know:

Toni Anderson was ‘hammered’

Toni Anderson, who drowned in the Missouri River in January, is seen on newly released surveillance video at a North Kansas City QuikTrip. It was the last time she was seen alive. Her mother said the video shows her daugter was obviously “hammered” and shouldn’t have been allowed to drive, Ian Cummings and Robert Cronkleton report. A police officer had stopped Anderson that night and questioned her about drinking and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The North Kansas City Police Department has released dash cam video showing Toni Anderson being pulled over by an officer early in the morning on Jan. 15, 2017.

Three-alarm fire at furniture store

Billowing smoke from a three-alarm fire near Crown Center was seen as far away as Olathe and Kansas City International Airport. The fire destroyed the Friday’s Only Furniture Outlet, 2915 Southwest Blvd. At one point, firefighters established a collapse zone of 150 feet around the building. No injuries were initially reported.

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a three-story warehouse on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon.

House approves new abortion regulations

The Missouri House approved strict new regulations on abortion providers Tuesday, Jason Hancock reports. The bill, among other things, repeals a St. Louis ordinance that bans employers and landlords from discriminating against women who have had an abortion, use contraceptives or are pregnant.

Fight against Missouri’s opioid abuse

The Star’s editorial board writes that a new lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is an important tool for the state in its fight against opioid abuse. Hawley sued three pharmaceutical companies — Perdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceuticals — in state court Wednesday in St. Louis, alleging the firms contributed to the overuse of pain-killing medicines such as OxyContin and Percocet by promoting them to doctors and patients despite knowing they were addictive.

Hawley said these companies were chosen because his office is “confident about the evidence we have about their fraud” and because they make up “the lion’s share” of the opioid market, Bryan Lowry reports.

The Star’s editorial board members chatted with Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley about the opioid crisis and new abortion legislation during a Facebook Live show in June.

Golden parachutes in Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Senior executives at Sprint and T-Mobile won’t be left in the cold if the two companies successfully negotiate a merger, Mark Davis reports. They could receive more than $350 million in golden parachutes — post-merger paydays that includes $130.87 million in cash, stock and benefits for Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

Five senior executives could collect a combined $223.8 million after a change in control of Sprint, such as a merger with T-Mobile. Video and images of Sprint executives by Sprint. Other images by The Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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