Articles by Heather Hollingsworth and Jim Salter

2 More Workers Indicted in Missouri Duck Boat Sinking That Killed 17

A federal grand jury has indicted two more employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people. Curtis Lanham, the general manager at Ride the Ducks Branson, and Charles …

Schlitterbahn Water Park Where Kansas Boy Died Appears Unlikely to Open

A Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated isn’t hiring lifeguards, advertising or selling tickets with less than a month left before its typical Memorial Day weekend opening date, underlining speculation that it could be put up for …

4 Die in Midwest Flooding; Roads Closed, Levees Strained

The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of river towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to and near record levels in some communities. The …

Company in Fatal Missouri Sinking Stops 2019 Duck Boat Operations

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people, announced that it won’t operate the vessels this year because of the ongoing investigation and will instead open a replacement attraction in …

2 Kansas Firms Indicted Over Noxious Chemical Release at Distilling Plant

Two companies have been indicted on federal charges after a mistake at a northeast Kansas distilling plant in 2016 released a noxious cloud of fumes that prosecutors say caused more than 140 people to seek medical treatment. The three-count indictment …

Ranchers in Midwest Assessing Damage After Wildfires

Kansas rancher Greg Gardiner got into some of his scorched pastures for the first time on March 8 and surveyed what he likened to a battle zone: carcasses of dead cattle everywhere. “It’s pretty much a catastrophe,” Gardiner said as …

Missouri High Court Rules against Chiefs in Age Discrimination Suit

The Missouri Supreme Court has given fresh life to a lawsuit that claims the Kansas City Chiefs fired an older maintenance manager because of his age. In vacating a Jackson County jury’s decision that the club didn’t discriminate in Steve …

Founder of Kansas-based Brooke Corp. Pleads Guilty

The founder of failed Kansas-based insurance franchising business Brooke Corp. has pleaded guilty to providing misleading information in a federal securities filing. Robert D. Orr, formerly of Smith Center, Kan., and now living in Denver, admitted to one count of …

Subcontractor in Deadly Kansas City Blast Lacked Permit

A cable company subcontractor suspected of rupturing a natural gas line before a deadly Kansas City restaurant explosion didn’t have an approved permit for the work, city officials said Monday. Pat Klein, assistant city manager, provided no other details in …

Midwest Farmers Planted Most of Land Flooded in 2011

Farmers this spring were able to plant all but a few thousand acres of the land deluged by last year’s flooding along on the Missouri River and the intentional breaching of a Mississippi River levee in southeast Missouri, U.S. Department …