Articles by Roxana Hegeman

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 …

Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto over GMO Wheat Discovery

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over the recent discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company’s gross negligence hurt U.S. growers by driving down wheat prices and causing some international …

Old Claims Follow Hawker Beechcraft in Bankruptcy

A long-running legal fight involving allegations that Wichita, Kan.-based Hawker Beechcraft made false statements and misrepresentations in the sale of military aircraft to the United States is now dogging the company’s bankruptcy proceedings in New York. Former employees of a …

Ex-Cadets Seek Sanctions Against Kansas Military School

Former cadets of a Kansas military school have asked a federal judge to impose sanctions and order the school to release information about prior complaints, records and lawsuits they say would show a pattern of abuse. Tuesday’s filing is part …

Crop Insurance Losses Mount in Midwest

Thousands of farmers are filing insurance claims this year after drought and triple-digit temperatures burned up crops across the nation’s Corn Belt, and some experts are predicting record insurance losses — exacerbated by changes that reduced some growers’ premiums. G.A. …