Articles by Margery A. Beck and Jamie Stengle

Missouri Won’t Shut Down Summer Camps Despite Virus Outbreaks

Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state’s top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening. …

After Flooding, Davenport, Iowa, Now Mulling Mississippi River Wall

Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, stands out for the simple reason that people there can actually dip their toes in the river without scaling a flood …

Communities Along Mississippi River Prepare for Record Crest

Communities in several states along the Mississippi River are watching the skies this week as rainfall will likely determine whether the river reaches record crests and how much it will raise floodwaters. The National Weather Service had issued flood warnings …

Midwest States Want More Control Over Missouri River After Floods

Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding are demanding more authority over management of the Missouri River system. Following a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and …

Midwest Flooding Prompts Evacuations, Rescues

Authorities used boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least …

Omaha Answers Pothole Complaints with New Dirt Roads

For miles and miles Omaha stretches on, one tidy, suburban-style neighborhood after another filled with modern low-slung houses set on spacious lawns with towering oaks and elms. It’s a model of comfortable mid-American living, with one unusual exception: thanks to …

Nebraska Software Developer Awarded $43.8M in Antitrust Lawsuit

A Douglas County jury has awarded Omaha, Neb., software developer Baldwin Hackett & Meeks Inc. $43.8 million in a lawsuit that accused a rival software firm of violating antitrust laws and breaching a nondisclosure agreement. The recent award was the …

Court Backs Workers’ Comp Ruling for Assaulted Nebraska Nurse

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a workers’ compensation ruling requiring a Kearney hospital to pay the salary of a former nurse who says she’s unable to work because of psychological injuries she received from three assaults at the hands of …

Court Backs Workers’ Comp Ruling for Assaulted Nebraska Nurse

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld a workers’ compensation ruling requiring a Kearney hospital to pay the salary of a former nurse who says she’s unable to work because of psychological injuries she received from three assaults at the hands …

Missing Word Leads to Reversal of Employee-Favorable Ruling in Nebraska

The omission of one word in a workers’ compensation court ruling favoring a co-op employee hurt during a company party led the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse the ruling on July 10. The case stems from a 2010 cookout held …