KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-22

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-22
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DUCK BOAT TRAGEDY

Federal prosecutors are now handling the investigation into the Ride the Ducks boating incident. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas City says the referral from the U.S. Coast Guard is to consider a potential criminal investigation and federal prosecution. The duck boat attraction owner, Ripley Entertainment, says it is cooperating with the investigations. MISSOURI ACCOUNTABILITY PORTAL

The state of Missouri’s first new accountability portal in more than a decade has drawn early praise from watchdog groups. State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has launched the website showmecheckbook.mo.gov to give people a one-stop, user-friendly site to learn about state revenue, spending, payroll, debt, and cash flow. The new site replaces the Missouri Accountability Portal set up by former governor Matt Blunt in 2007. MOLLIE TIBBETTS

An undocumented immigrant from Mexico is now charged in the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts. The 20-year-old was last seen alive on July 18th. Investigators say suspect Christian Bahena Rivera led them to her body in a cornfield on Tuesday. He’s due to make his first court appearance this afternoon. PAUL MANAFORT

On Tuesday, Paul Manafort was convicted on eight of 18 criminal counts by a jury in Alexandria, Virginia. The fraud and tax charges against the president’s former campaign chairman stemmed from his work as an international political consultant.