Articles by Josh Funk

Tyson Foods to Pilot Medical Clinics for Workers at Some Meat Plants Next Year

Tyson Foods is planning to open medical clinics at several of its U.S. plants to improve the health of its workers and better protect them from the coronavirus. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company, which processes about 20% of all beef, pork …

Officials: Better Driver Standards Might Have Helped Prevent Deaths in Iowa Bus Fire

Tougher standards for school bus drivers and a fire suppression system could have prevented the deaths in a 2017 school bus fire in western Iowa, federal safety investigators say. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the Riverside Community …

U.S. Senate Hearing Focuses on Missouri River Flood Prevention

The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators Wednesday during a hearing held in Iowa to examine the massive spring flooding this year that caused more than $3 billion in damage …

Last Year’ Fiery Iowa Derailment Caused by Broken Rail, Poor Repairs

Federal investigators determined that a broken rail caused the fiery 2017 train derailment in northwest Iowa that released 322,000 gallons of ethanol. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that Union Pacific’s maintenance was inadequate before the March 2017 derailment …

Nebraska Corn Crop Diminished by Strong Winds in Late October

Several days of strong winds in late October arrived at the wrong time for many farmers who saw their crops shrink as ears of corn fell to the ground in Nebraska and western Iowa. The extent of the damage varied, …

Tornadoes Damage Mississippi, Alabama Communities

Tornadoes touched down in Mississippi and Alabama as thunderstorms swept through the area Tuesday, while a powerful snowstorm buried parts of Colorado and Nebraska in more than a foot of snow before crawling into the Upper Midwest. Greg Flynn, spokesman …

Lawyer for Defunct Nebraska Insurance Agency Fined $15K

A Nebraska judge has ordered a lawyer to pay $15,000 for filing frivolous motions in a long-running lawsuit dispute over a defunct insurance company’s assets. The case that dates back to 1998 is far from over because that lawyer, Bill …

After 17 Years, Florida-Nebraska Insurance Dispute Continues

Seventeen years after it started, a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute between the state of Florida and a Nebraska company continues to meander through the courts. The Nebraska Supreme Court has already ruled on aspects of the case four times, and the …

Corps of Engineers Denies Causing Missouri River Floods

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shouldn’t be blamed for causing major flooding along the Missouri River that has affected five states regularly since 2006, the government says in its initial response to a lawsuit. More than 200 landowners claimed …

Damage Assessment Begins After Twin Tornadoes Flatten Nebraska Town, Kill 2

A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing two people, crumpling grain bins like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes. Pilger’s 350 residents evacuated their homes after the powerful twisters …