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State hospitals need scrutiny, resources

While the spotlight is on legislators’ quest to balance revenues and expenditures overall, some recesses of the state budget need much more attention and money – the state mental hospitals and the sexual predator treatment program.

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In an unusual attack, Missouri man dies from snakebites

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.

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