Articles by Roxana Hegeman

Suit Filed in Kansas Says Cessna Crash Caused by Drill Bit Left During Repair

A drill bit left during repair of a single-engine Cessna aircraft is responsible for a 2015 crash in Arkansas that caused minor injuries to the pilot and destroyed the new $712,290 aircraft, a federal lawsuit filed in Kansas alleged. The …

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 …

Lawsuit Alleges Inaction by Kansas State Officials Led to Another Rape

A female student contends in a court filing that Kansas State University’s failure to investigate the rape of another woman allowed the same alleged assailant to sexually assault her. The accusations were levied in court documents seeking to add the …

Court: Out-of-State License Plates Alone Don’t Justify Kansas Search

Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by a …

NTSB: Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Kansas Amtrak Accident

A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator …

Investigators Looking at Rail Condition in Kansas Amtrak Derailment

Investigators looking into the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in southwest Kansas will review rail conditions and other factors to determine the cause of the accident, a federal transportation official says. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief was carrying more than 140 …

Kansas Hotel Owners Hired Illegal Immigrants, Didn’t Pay Taxes, Workers’ Comp

When a suburban Kansas City couple bought two Clarion hotels, they systematically replaced lawfully employed workers with immigrants not authorized to work in the United States, cutting labor costs by 40 percent. Not only were the illegal workers paid a …

Kansas Judge Tosses Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems Discrimination Lawsuit

The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge in Kansas on Jan. 7, a major blow to a lawsuit that’s spanned nine years. When Boeing sold its commercial aircraft operations in …

Falling Grain Prices, Record Cattle Prices Mark 2014 For Kansas

Farmers and ranchers across Kansas are wrapping up the 2014 growing season, marked by rapidly changing fortunes that were buffeted by weather and markets. It began with a meager winter wheat harvest before late spring rains eased drought conditions just …

Union Alleges Kansas Aerospace Firm Used Medical Records in Layoffs

The union representing engineers at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. accused the aerospace company of terminating hundreds of workers last year because they were too old and a burden on health insurance costs, claims that the company vehemently denies. The Society of …