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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.
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.
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.
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.