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What’s Your M-O: Exploring the great outdoors across Missouri

What’s Your M-O: Exploring the great outdoors across Missouri

We’re traveling across the state to look at some of the great parks that offer hiking, canoeing, camping and other amazing activities for people of all ages.

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KCTV5 News Update: June 21, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: June 21, 2021

After hours of searching, rescuers were not able to find a person who went missing at Smithville Lake. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they started looking about 4 p.m. but couldn't find them

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FORECAST: It's a much cooler and wet start to the day

FORECAST: It's a much cooler and wet start to the day

It's a much cooler and wet start to the day. A cold front came through with yesterday's storms and today our high temperature will be around 10-15 degrees below normal for this time of year. Most of us are starting out in the middle 60s and the rain and cloud cover will limit our warmup. There is a 50% chance for additional showers this morning. The rain should come to an end by noon and then skies should clear to give us a glimpse of the sun before dinner time. Our afternoon high will be near 75. Tonight will be an opportunity to open the house and welcome in some of the cooler, dry air. We could drop into the 50s overnight...so maybe even a nice night for camping. Right now, it looks like we stay dry until Thursday.

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7 killed, more than 40 injured in 10 mass shootings across the US over the weekend

(CNN) -- As Americans continue to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2021/06/20/us/pandemic-outbursts-hesitancy-wellness-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">come out of coronavirus isolation</a> and states <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-state-travel-restrictions-covid-19/index.html" target="_blank">lift restrictions</a> on gatherings, shootings continue to plague the nation, with 10 mass shootings occurring in the US since Friday night.

Seven people were killed and at least 45 were injured in the shootings, according to the <a href="https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting" target="_blank">Gun Violence Archive</a> (GVA). Among the victims were at least two children, a 10-year-old and a 15-year-old, police said.

The latest shootings are among a streak of deadly violent weekends the nation has seen in the past few weeks.

Last weekend there were also <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2021/06/12/us/us-mass-shootings/index.html" target="_blank">10 mass shootings</a> across seven states that killed 12 people and injured 57 more, data from GVA shows.

GVA reports there have been 293 mass shootings in 2021 so far.

CNN defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot, not including the shooter. A weekend is tracked from Friday afternoon through Sunday overnight.

On Saturday, four people were injured in a shooting in Newark, New Jersey, according to GVA.

Here are the other shootings that took place this weekend.

1 killed and 3 others injured in Atlantic City, New Jersey

One person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting Sunday evening in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the <a href="https://www.acpo.org/acpo-major-crimes-unit-investigating-fatal-shooting-of-man-3-male/" target="_blank">Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office</a> said in a press release.

Just after 6 p.m. local time, Atlantic City officers responded to a shooting scene and found four men suffering from gunshot wounds.

All the men were taken to a hospital where one died from his injuries, the prosecutor's office said.

Both the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department are investigating. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office at 609-909-7800 or submit an anonymous tip online.

1 killed, 4 injured at Juneteenth Celebration in Colorado

Police responded to a shopping mall parking lot in the Denver suburb of Aurora after receiving at least 50 calls reporting shots fired at a Juneteenth celebration just after 4 a.m. local time Sunday, a <a href="https://www.auroragov.org/blog/One.aspx?portalId=2869361&amp;postId=17792443&amp;portletAction=viewpost" target="_blank">press release</a> from the police department said.

Officers found one man suffering an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he later died, police said. His identity has not been released.

Four other people -- three adult males and one adult female -- suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious and self-transported to local hospitals, according to the release. None of their injuries were considered life threatening.

Police said the Juneteenth celebration began "in an unnamed unit of the shopping mall."

"At some point earlier in the evening presumed organizers of the celebration began denying access to the unit. This led many attendees to gather in the parking lot," the release said.

Evidence indicates there were multiple shooters and more than 114 shell casings have been collected by investigators at the scene, according police.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to share their tips with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered.

1 dead, 4 injured at Indiana Juneteenth celebration

One person was killed and four others were injured during a Juneteenth celebration in Indiana early Sunday morning, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) said in a press release posted by <a href="https://wsbt.com/news/local/metro-homicide-called-to-shooting-in-grangers-heritage-square" target="_blank">CNN affiliate WSBT</a>.

Officers arrived at a bar in Granger, Indiana, around 4 a.m. local time following reports of a shooting in the parking lot during a "Juneteenth Summer Bash," according to the affiliate.

The victim who died was a 26-year-old man, WSBT reported. Four others sustained non-life threatening injuries in the shooting.

Evidence collected at the scene "suggests multiple weapons were discharged in the area," police said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call CMHU at 574-235-5009, Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP or their local police department.

Granger sits northeast of South Bend, Indiana, along the Michigan border.

4 injured in Richmond, Virginia

Four people were injured in a quadruple shooting in Richmond, Virginia, early Sunday, police spokesperson Officer Phon Hoonsan told CNN in an emailed statement.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting just before 1:30 a.m. local time and found one man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Three more victims self-transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds, including one who suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the police statement.

The shooting took place in a parking lot where a large crowd had gathered. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact investigators.

2 children among 8 injured in Dallas shooting

Eight people were shot, including a 15-year-old and 10-year-old, after a gunfight broke out between partygoers at two separate celebrations in Dallas just after midnight Sunday, police said.

Police said they discovered two separate groups were having a parties in their own individual suites at the location and at one point, people from each party gathered behind the suites and there was an argument.

A physical fight broke out between the groups before they went back into their suites and began shooting at each other.

The 10-year-old was shot in the leg and at least one victim had to undergo surgery, according to police.

Police said none of the other injuries appear to be life-threatening.

No suspect information was given provided.

1 dead, at least 6 wounded in Oakland

One person was killed and at least six others were wounded in a shooting Saturday evening near <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/20/us/oakland-california-shooting-saturday/index.html" target="_blank">Lake Merritt in Oakland, California</a>, according to police.

Resources from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) were already in the area when the shooting occurred around 6:20 p.m., the department said.

Officers had been sent there to monitor public safety because a crowd of approximately 1,000 people had gathered at Lake Merritt, the OPD said in a release Sunday.

Seven people were shot during the incident. A 22-year-old man from San Francisco was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, police said.

Police arrested two men and recovered two firearms after officers observed the men running away from the scene immediately following the shooting, the OPD said.

OPD Public Information Officer Johnna Watson told CNN Sunday that police were working to determine if the two people arrested were connected to the shooting.

Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering up to $40,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests in this case.

1 dead, 4 injured in Anchorage, Alaska

<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/us/alaska-shooting-anchorage/index.html" target="_blank">Police in Alaska</a> are investigating an early morning shooting that killed one person and injured four more in Anchorage Saturday.

Officers responded a shooting scene and found five adult victims, three males and two females, police said.

All five people were taken to a hospital where one of the women died of her injuries.

2 dead, 4 injured in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning in <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/us/baton-rouge-police-suspects-shooting/index.html" target="_blank">Baton Rouge, Louisiana</a>, according to police.

Police found the victims in a parking lot after reports of a shooting.

According to police, there was an argument between unidentified individuals as a group of partygoers began to leave a concert at a nearby venue. During the argument, multiple people began shooting and six people were struck.

Two people died from their injuries and four others were transported to a nearby hospital and are expected to survive, police said.

5 wounded in Minneapolis Friday night

<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/us/minneapolis-shooting-five-injured/index.html" target="_blank">A shooting in Minneapolis</a> Friday night left five people wounded, police said Saturday.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the Dinkytown neighborhood, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement.

When officers arrived, they found three men and two women with gunshot wounds that were not life threatening, police said. Two of the injuries were characterized as "graze" wounds. The victims were taken to a hospital.

The suspect fled before officers arrived, police said.

CNN's Deanna Hackney, Keith Allen, Chuck Johnston, and Ganesh Setty contributed to this report.

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Buck O'Neil Bridge replacement begins this week

Buck O'Neil Bridge replacement begins this week

This Wednesday marks the beginning of a years long project to replace the aging Buck O'Neil Bridge.

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The official start of summer is here

(CNN) -- Although parts of the US have been hitting triple-digit temperatures for a while, believe it or not, Sunday marks the first day of summer.

June 20 is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, marking the official beginning of summer on the calendar.

Throughout history, the summer solstice is linked to a season of fertility – both of the plant and human variety. Some are saying that may be more true than usual this summer after a year of lockdowns due to the pandemic.

And while relationships should be heating up, so will the temperatures. Meteorologists say the real heat is still to come, because there's usually a one-month lag between the solstice and peak summer heat.

That's why July is almost always the hottest month of the year in most places.

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Wichita police officer remains in critical condition following shooting

Wichita police officer remains in critical condition following shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (KCTV/AP) — A Kansas police officer is in critical condition and the person who fired at officers is dead after a shootout in Wichita, authorities said.

Two police officers were checking on the welfare of a 32-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter at a home in south Wichita around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the shooting began. Police said the woman reported having a physical fight with her boyfriend before officers arrived, but she thought the man had left.

Wichita Deputy Police Chief Jose Salcido said officers found the man, 28-year-old Tyler Hodge, hiding in a shed in the backyard with a rifle. Body camera footage released Sunday showed Hodge ignoring officers’ commands to put the gun down before he stood up and opened fire.

One of the officers was hit several times and was rushed to a hospital. He remained in critical but stable condition Sunday.

As additional officers arrived, Hodge continued shooting at them. Police said he fired 18 rounds total and also struck a police car and three homes in the area.

Police returned fire, and Hodge was struck once. He died at the scene.

Two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department protocol, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

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Prairie Village police investigate after shots fired into vehicle; no injuries reported

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS (KCTV) --- The Prairie Village Police Department is investigating after multiple shots were fired into a vehicle on Sunday night.

Police say the shooting happened in the area of 69th Street and Roe Avenue.

Authorities describe the suspect's vehicle as a gold Chrysler minivan.

Someone in that vehicle fired multiple shots at the victim's vehicle and fled the area.

No one was injured, according to police.

More information:

On Sunday, June 20 at 6:12 PM, the Prairie Village Police Department received multiple emergency calls regarding a shooting that had just occurred in the area of 69th St and Roe Ave.The initial investigation has revealed that two vehicles were driving North on Roe Ave. The suspect vehicle, a gold Chrysler minivan, fired multiple shots at the victim's vehicle and then fled the area. The victim's vehicle was struck once, but no one was injured.The gold Chrysler minivan was described as having a Missouri temporary tag and was missing the passenger side rear hubcap on the vehicle.The driver was described as a white male wearing a white tank top shirt, and the passenger was described as a black male.This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contact the Prairie Village Police Department at 913/642-6868 or the TIPS Hotline at 816/474-8477.

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Alaska hiker missing in woods for 2 days was found alive after being charged by bears

(CNN) -- A missing hiker in Alaska was found alive Wednesday after being charged by multiple bears, officials said.

Fina Kiefer, 55, was reported missing around 1 a.m. local time Tuesday after calling her husband for help, according to dispatch reports from the <a href="https://dailydispatch.dps.alaska.gov/Home/DisplayIncident?incidentNumber=AK21065686" target="_blank">Alaska Department of Public Safety</a>.

She had been hiking on the <a href="https://www.matsugov.us/trails/pioneer" target="_blank">Pioneer Ridge Trail</a> near Butte.

Kiefer told her husband she had been charged by bears and was able to use her bear spray, the dispatch report said. Shortly after calling for help, Keifer stopped responding to phone calls and text messages.

Alaska State Troopers and volunteer search teams responded to the trailhead and began looking for Kiefer while a rescue team searched the area by air Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shortly after the search was halted Wednesday afternoon due to bad weather, a volunteer search and rescue team member spotted Keifer walking out of the woods about a mile from the trailhead, according to the dispatch reports.

Keifer was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries.

The Pioneer Ridge Trail is a 12-mile path that boasts views of the Matanuska River Valley and the Talkeetna Mountains. It has a difficulty rating of hard and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough website warns hikers they may encounter bears and moose.

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Crews search for body of missing swimmer at Smithville Lake

SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- After hours of searching, rescuers were not able to find a person who went missing at Smithville Lake.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they started looking about 4 p.m. but couldn't find them before nightfall.

Because of the weather, search crews had to get off of the water shortly before 11 p.m. The wind was causing white caps.

A dive team is heading out to the search area Monday morning. It’s expected the search will resume about 7 a.m.

KCTV5 News is still trying to learn details about who that missing person is.

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Water rescue under way at Smithville Lake

SMITHVILLE, MO (KCTV) --- A water rescue is under way at Smithville Lake, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Divers have been at the lake since 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

There's no information about the swimmer who went missing at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.

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China has administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses

(CNN) -- China has administered more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, an astonishing milestone that comes as the country rolls out an unrivaled inoculation drive.

A total of 1,010,489,000 doses have been given as of Saturday, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement.

Those doses are almost 40% of the 2.5 billion shots administered globally.

The NHC said 100 million doses were given in the five days up to and including Saturday, according to state media outlet Xinhua.

The 1 billion number is all the more remarkable given that China's rollout had a stuttering start.

China only reached its first million administered doses on March 27 -- two weeks behind the US. But the pace picked up significantly in May, with more than 500 million shots given over the past month, according to data from the NHC.

"It took China 25 days to climb from 100 million doses to 200 million doses, 16 days to increase from 200 million to 300 million, and six days from 800 million to 900 million," Xinhua reported.

Beijing has successfully contained the virus but several recent local outbreaks, including in the northern Anhui and Liaoning provinces and Guangdong in the south, have fueled fears of infections, prompting a rush to get vaccinated in affected regions.

China has also begun to vaccinate people under the age of 18, with teenagers eligible to receive the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.

For those still reluctant, China has a powerful tool in its arsenal: a top-down, one-party system that is all-encompassing in reach and forceful in action, and a sprawling bureaucracy that can be swiftly mobilized.

Beijing aims to vaccinate at least 70% of eligible people by the end of the year, Xinhua reported, citing the deputy head of the NHC Zeng Yixin.

Around 1.4 billion people live in China. Due to this, the country's administered doses per 100 people is still behind nations such as the US and Britain.

But if its inoculation drive can keep up the current pace, Beijing will catch up fast.

CNN's Angus Watson contributed to this report.

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1 person is killed and at least 5 are wounded in an Oakland, CA, shooting, police say

(CNN) -- One person was killed and at least five others were wounded in a shooting Saturday evening near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, according to police.

When the shooting occurred at around 6:20 p.m., resources from the Oakland Police Department (OPD) were already in the area monitoring for public safety as a crowd of approximately 1,000 people gathered at Lake Merritt, the department said in a press release Saturday night.

Six people were shot during the incident. A 22-year-old male was pronounced dead after arriving at a nearby hospital, according to the release.

The other five victims, four males ranging in age from 16 to 27 and a 21-year-old female are stable, police said.

Two men have been arrested and two firearms were recovered. Officers observed the men running away from the scene immediately following the shooting, according to the release.

The OPD Homicide Investigation Unit will determine if the men are connected or responsible for the shooting, police said. The motive and circumstances leading up to the shooting are under investigation.

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9 children, 1 adult killed in Alabama accident involving vehicle from home for abused children

(CNN) -- Nine children and one adult were killed in an accident on Interstate 65 in Butler County, Alabama, on Saturday, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.

Eight of the children killed, ranging in age from 4 to 17, were in a vehicle from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, Garlock said. The youth ranch provides a home for neglected or abused school-age children, <a href="https://www.alabamasheriffsyouthranches.org/about" target="_blank">according to the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches</a>, the nonprofit that manages the Tallapoosa County girls ranch and others across the state.

A 29-year-old father and his 9-month-old daughter who were in another vehicle were also killed, Garlock said.

The accident happened on I-65 northbound at mile marker 138 on Saturday afternoon during storms that swept through the state, according to Garlock. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/20/weather/claudette-storm-weather-sunday/index.html" target="_blank">A tropical depression</a> that had been known as Tropical Storm Claudette <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/weather/tropical-storm-claudette-gulf-coast-weather-saturday/index.html" target="_blank">dumped heavy rain across the Southeast on Saturday</a> after it came ashore in southeastern Louisiana early that morning.

The driver of the small Girls Ranch bus was pulled from the burning vehicle, Garlock said, but rescue personnel were unable to reach the girls in time.

In the other vehicle, the father was pronounced dead at the scene Garlock said. The girl was taken to Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. Garlock noted that she was properly restrained in a car seat, but said the impact was too powerful.

In a statement, Michael Smith, the CEO of the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, called the accident "a horrible tragedy and loss."

"This morning, I have been thinking about how we do not always understand the reason things happen," Smith said.

"However, we will continue to hold on to our God for peace and comfort as our hearts continue to break. Please continue to pray for us as we navigate this difficult time."

People gathered at Reeltown High School in the east central Alabama town of Notasulga on Sunday afternoon to offer support and counseling to the families of some of those killed in the accident.

Principal Clifton Maddox told CNN people had gathered to "show families and students that they are not hurting alone." Four students from his high school were killed in the accident, Maddox said.

The mood in the high school gym -- now a makeshift counseling center -- was heavy, with several people crying and many looking shell-shocked from the news.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/ALEAprotects/posts/5971871442882803" target="_blank">The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has asked members of the public</a> who may have photos or videos of the accident to submit them to law enforcement.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday afternoon it was sending a team of 10 investigators to the scene of the accident, describing it as a "multi-vehicle crash." The team is expected to arrive Sunday evening.

The "NTSB investigation will focus on vehicle technologies such as forward collision warning systems, CMV fuel tank integrity, motor carrier operations and occupant survivability," the agency said in a statement. NTSB investigators will be working in coordination with the Alabama Highway Patrol.

CNN's Devon Sayers, Deanna Hackney and Greg Clary contributed to this report.

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First US trial cruise testing COVID safety protocols to set sail on Sunday

(CNN) -- A trial cruise scheduled to sail from Miami on Sunday evening puts the cruise industry one step closer to resuming operations out of US ports, 15 months after the COVID-19 pandemic <a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-line-suspensions-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">brought cruises to a halt</a> in the United States.

Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas is scheduled to set sail from PortMiami at 7 p.m. with about 600 employee volunteers on board to test COVID-19 health and safety measures before the ship starts welcoming paying passengers.

All of the volunteers are vaccinated, Royal Caribbean said, and there is a representative from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on board.

According to requirements outlined by the CDC, a trial cruise is one of two paths for a cruise ship to resume sailing.

A ship may either opt to perform a trial cruise or agree to set sail with almost all fully vaccinated passengers and crew -- 95% for both groups.

Patrik Dahlgren, senior vice president of global marine operations for Royal Caribbean Group, told CNN it's been a long and evolving journey for the company to get to the point where it is ready to safely cruise again.

"We engaged the greatest experts in this country and in the world in terms of setting out what measures should we have in place," he said.

"How do we avoid and prevent cases from coming on board to the max extent and how do we mitigate them onboard the ship, leveraging technology, leveraging testing? And of course the big game changer is really the vaccines, and that has really changed everything for us," he said.

However, Royal Caribbean has bucked the trend of requiring the majority of its passengers on upcoming sailings from Florida to be vaccinated.

Vaccines are strongly recommended for Florida sailings and "unvaccinated guests must undergo additional COVID-19 testing at their own expense," according to the cruise line's website on June 20.

"We do strongly recommend all the guests be vaccinated for sure for those who are eligible, but we have measures in place to keep the cruises safe," Dahlgren said. The measures include some areas with social distancing and more medical capabilities on the ship.

Getting back to sea

The path to resuming operations has been complicated.

In April, Florida challenged the CDC's authority over cruise industry practices in a lawsuit, and Friday, a federal judge ruled the CDC's conditional sailing order on the cruise industry "likely constitutes an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to CDC."

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis filed the lawsuit against the CDC and called the decision a "major victory."

Dahlgren said Royal Caribbean is still looking at the possible impact of that ruling on its operations, future test cruises and adherence to the CDC's conditional sailing order.

The vaccination question has also been a contentious one, as Florida is one of several states that has banned businesses from requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination.

While Royal Caribbean is not requiring passengers to be vaccinated in Florida, guests sailing on upcoming cruises to Alaska out of Seattle will have a vaccination requirement.

Meanwhile, several other cruise lines have already announced plans to sail from Florida this summer with vaccination requirements in line with the CDC's 95% criterion.

The first voyage with paying passengers is set to embark from Fort Lauderdale on June 26 on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Edge ship with 95% of passengers and crew vaccinated.

But first is Sunday's inaugural trial voyage aboard Freedom of the Seas. It will last two nights with a stop at Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Klaus Meisel, one of Royal Caribbean's employee volunteers on the trial cruise, is feeling good about the voyage.

"We'll follow the protocols and I'll give feedback as soon as possible in anything that I think we're lacking, but I'm pretty sure, like I said, that we have everything in place to go back to cruising," Meisel said.

Delilah Herrera, another employee volunteer, has been especially eager to get out and onto a ship.

"I'm very healthy, thank God, and just need to get out and see my friends and see my work family."

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Officials say deadly Pride parade crash was not intentional

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A member of a men’s chorus group unintentionally slammed into fellow chorists at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one member of the group and seriously injuring another, the group's director said Sunday, clarifying initial speculation that it was a hate crime directed at the gay community.

Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Paul Rolli and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the early investigation shows it was an accident. The 77-year-old driver was taken into custody, but police said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

The elderly driver had ailments that prevented him from walking, according to a statement Sunday from Fort Lauderdale Police, who said he was cooperating with the investigation and there was no evidence drugs or alcohol was involved.

"The early investigation now indicates it looks like it was a tragic accident, but nobody’s saying finally what it is,” Rolli told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

The driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, a small 25-member group of mostly older men.

“Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver is also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” President Justin Knight said in a statement Sunday, calling it “an unfortunate accident.”

Rolli was on the float in front of the chorus truck along with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and other city officials at a staging area where the floats were being readied. Trantalis said the driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims.

The driver continued across all lanes of traffic, ultimately crashing into a fence on the other side of the street, police said.

Rolli was on the other side of the float and didn’t witness the crash, but jumped off immediately and ran to the victims. In the confusion, it was unclear what happened.

“People were really distraught and some people were crying,” said Rolli, who explained that the crash happened in an area where the floats were lining up, so there weren’t as many parade-goers. “I was getting phone calls from people I knew at the other end waiting for the parade saying, ‘Is this true? Is that true, do we have anything to worry about?’ You don’t know at that point.”

Fort Lauderdale Police said no arrests have been made saying they are conducting a thorough investigation with the FBI, nothing in a statement they are “considering and evaluating all possibilities.”

Trantalis, who is Fort Lauderdale's first openly gay mayor, initially told reporters the act was deliberate, adding to the confusion Saturday night.

“It terrorized me and all around me ... I feared it could be intentional based on what I saw from mere feet away,” he said in a Twitter statement Sunday. “As the facts continue to be pieced together, a picture is emerging of an accident in which a truck careened out of control.”

Wilton Manors is a tight-knit community near Fort Lauderdale with a vibrant downtown filled with cute shops, where people line up for Rosie’s famous hamburgers or to gossip and drink at Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar.

Photos and video from the scene showed Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears while in a convertible at the parade.

In a statement Saturday night, Wasserman Schultz said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost.”

“I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration,” she said. “May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing.”

A spokesman for the chorus said the director did not want to give interviews, adding that many members of the small group witnessed the fatal crash and were deeply shaken.

“The reason people like Wilton manors is the whole community is one big family and that’s how we treat each other ... and this has really rattled a lot of people,” said Rolli. “Even if it’s an accident, just the loss of a life.”

June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in New York that led to an uprising of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.

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DMX's fiancée posts heartwarming Father's Day video

(CNN) -- On the first Father's Day since <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/09/entertainment/dmx-rapper-dies/index.html" target="_blank">DMX</a> died after a heart attack, his fiancée posted a heartwarming video of the late rapper and their son singing together.

"SCREAMING HAPPY FATHERS DAY ALL THE WAY TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE," Desiree Lindstrom <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQV0CWJlIST/" target="_blank">wrote on Instagram</a>.

The video shows DMX and their son, Exodus Simmons, singing the ABCs song.

"Earl you were such an amazing, protective, loving, inspiring, hands on, incredible father," Lindstrom added. "Thanking God and you for all these memories of you being a wonderful father! I love and miss you so much... I know in my heart you are our guardian angel."

Lindstrom also monitors their son's Instagram account, which posted a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQV_6MuliLH/" target="_blank">Father's Day tribute</a> to DMX that read, "Happy Father's Day Daddy! I love and miss you so much... I know your here with me in spirit.. My guardian angel."

DMX died at age 50 <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/24/entertainment/rapper-dmx-memorial/index.html" target="_blank">in April</a> after spending several days in the hospital following a heart attack at his home in New York. He had 15 children.

He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album, "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," in 1998. But his professional achievements were often overshadowed by his issues with substance abuse and <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/showbiz/dmx-arrested-again/index.html" target="_blank">run-ins with the law</a>.

CNN's Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.

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'It lessens my bills': $500 payments tested in upstate NY

(AP) - Annette Steele isn't destitute or unemployed. But for a year she'll be receiving $500 per month in no-strings-attached payments as part of an experimental universal basic income program in upstate New York.

Places from Compton, California, to Richmond, Virginia, are trying out guaranteed income programs, which gained more attention after the pandemic idled millions of workers.

Steele, a special education school aide, is getting her payments through a program in Ulster County, which covers parts of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley.

During the pilot program, funded by private donations, 100 county residents making less than $46,900 annually will get $500 a month for a year. The income threshold was based on 80% of the county’s average median income, meaning it includes both the poor and a slice of the middle class — people who face financial stress but might not ordinarily qualify for government aid based on income.

For researchers, the pilot could give them a fuller picture of what happens when a range of people are sent payments that guarantee a basic living.

For Steele, 57, it’s a welcome financial boost that helped her pay for car insurance and groceries.

“It lessens my bills,” said Steele, who lives in the village of Ellenville with her retired husband. “People think because you’ve been working so many years, that you make this tremendous amount of money. But no, actually.”

Less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of New York City, Ulster County is a popular destination for weekenders headed to Woodstock or the Catskill Mountains. Its big city, Kingston, is small, with 23,000 people.

Basic income programs elsewhere tend to focus on cities. In contrast, this upstate program stretches out over a mix of places: a city, small towns and remote areas many miles from bus lines and supermarkets.

“Showing that this approach will work not just in urban areas, but for rural parts of the country — which we know is one of our big national problems — I think there’s great opportunity there,” said Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan.

Ryan saw cash payments as a way to help local families struggling to get ahead, or even get by, as the pandemic ebbs. Many people in the county were already stretched thin by housing costs before the pandemic, when a large influx of New York City residents led to skyrocketing real estate prices, he said.

The first payments were made in mid-May. Recipients of the money can spend it as they wish, but will be asked to participate in periodic surveys about their physical health, mental health and employment status.

The Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania, which the school formed with the Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, is evaluating the pilot program.

Recipient Eric Luna, a 26-year-old electrical lab technician, said the money will help pay the bills at the home he recently helped his parents buy in Wallkill. But he also hopes to set some aside, possibly for a master’s degree.

“I’m also learning how to save money as well,” he said. “So this will be a learning experience.”

There were more than 4,200 applicants for the program in a county of 178,000 people. Center for Guaranteed Income Research co-founder Stacia West, who is evaluating more than 20 such pilot programs, is interested in seeing how spending compares to cities like Stockton, California, where more that a third went for food.

“Knowing what we know about barriers to employment, especially in rural areas, we may see more money going toward transportation than we’ve ever seen before in any other experiment,” said West, also a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. “But it remains to be seen.”

Proponents of guaranteed incomes say recipients can decide how to spend the money best — be it food, job searches or to replace a refrigerator. The money can complement the existing social safety net, they say, or can be used as an emergency response when the economy starts tanking.

The end goal for a number of advocates is a universal basic income, or UBI, which would distribute cash payment programs for all adults.

The UBI idea helped fuel a stronger-than-expected Democratic presidential primary run last year by Andrew Yang, who proposed $1,000 a month for every American adult.

Yang, who has a second home in Ulster County, is now running for New York City mayor with a basic income proposal to help lower-income residents.

Officials say Yang hasn’t been involved in Ulster's program, but that the nonprofit he founded, Humanity Forward, was helpful in sharing experiences on starting a UBI pilot.

Critics of cash transfer programs worry about their effectiveness and cost compared to aid programs that target funds for food, shelter or for help raising children.

Drake University economics professor Heath Henderson is concerned the programs miss needier people less likely to apply, including those without homes.

While there are times people might benefit from a cash infusion, the money is unlikely to address the structural issues holding people back, like inadequate health care and schools, he said.

“If we keep thinking about remedying poverty in terms of just throwing cash at people, you’re not thinking about the structures that kind of reproduce poverty in the first place and you’re not really solving the problem at all,” Henderson said.

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Amber Alert out of Centerville canceled after 2 boys are found safe

CENTERVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- On Sunday, an Amber Alert was issued in Missouri for two missing boys out of Centerville.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. at Highway 21 and Highway 72 in Centerville.

According to the MSHP, the suspect shot the children's mother and left with them in a vehicle.

They were last seen going southbound on Highway 21, from south of Centerville.

There were two possible vehicles one was a white Chevrolet truck and the other was a cream or ivory 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The two missing children were 7-year-old Grant Baker and 9-year-old Carter Baker.

The wanted adult was Jason Wayne Baker, 43. The MSHP said he was armed.

Later on Sunday, the MSHP said that the Amber Alert had been canceled and that the children had been located safe.

No further details are available at this time.

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Amber Alert issued after mother is shot, 2 sons are taken in Centerville

CENTERVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- An Amber Alert has been issued in Missouri for two missing boys out of Centerville.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at 10:45 a.m. at Highway 21 and Highway 72 in Centerville.

According to MSHP, the suspect shot the children's mother and left with them in a white Chevrolet truck.

They were last seen going southbound on Highway 21, from south of Centerville. A possible license plate on the truck is 0WDV42.

The two missing children are 7-year-old Grant Baker and 9-year-old Carter Baker.

The wanted adult is Jason Wayne Baker. He is 43 years old and described as being 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds. He is armed, the MSHP says.

All individuals are white, according to MSHP.

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