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Indiana National Park Dune Holes Caused by Rotting Trees

Mysterious holes that forced the closure of a massive dune at an Indiana national park after a 6-year-old boy fell into one and nearly died were caused by sand-covered trees that left cavities behind as they decayed over the years, …

Joplin Tornado Spurs Research Effort Among Engineers, Scientists

Tornado research has surged since a massive twister destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., and killed 161 people. Engineers, meteorologists and social scientists have published almost 800 peer-reviewed studies about tornadoes over the past five years, The Joplin Globe reports. David …

Nebraska High Court Rules Immunity Precludes Fatal Boat Accident Suit

A Nebraska woman whose 10-year-old son died in a boating accident on Storm Lake in 2010 cannot sue the state of Iowa for damages, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that …

Michigan Auto Repair Bill Vetoed by Governor

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation Thursday that he said would have unfairly and artificially restricted competition in the car parts industry, raising the cost of auto repairs and insurance premiums. The bill, HB  4344, which won approval on 86-23 …

Iowa Town Chosen for Railroad Crossing Safety Campaign

Traffic officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department saw a surprising number of drivers try to beat moving trains through intersections during a couple of recent law enforcement campaigns. Last week, during Railroad Crossing Enforcement and Education Week, the Federal …

North Dakota Insurance Fund Continues to Pay Despite Rising Claim Costs

A 30-year-old self-insurance pool has been paying off well for North Dakota political subdivisions, despite large claim losses in 2015. “It’s worked extremely well,” said Steve Spilde, chief executive officer of the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund. “We instituted a …

Indiana Mom Wants Mandatory Helmet Law After Daughter’s ATV Death

The mother of an Indiana girl who died in an all-terrain vehicle crash has started a nonprofit foundation in partnership with state lawmakers to draft a helmet law and mandatory safety education for children who ride ATVs. Ashlee Bruggenschmidt’s 11-year-old …

University of Wisconsin Crash Study Aims to Make Roads Safer

It was an early-August evening in rural Wisconsin. An SUV traveling north along a two-lane road veered over the center line. Before landing in a ditch, the car hit a light pole, speed-limit sign and a 13-year-old pedestrian, who died …

Iowa State Police Supervisor Wasn’t Initially Cited in Rear-end Crash

A now-fired Iowa State Patrol supervisor rear-ended another car in March but his agency didn’t give him a ticket and its investigation instead blamed the lead driver, records show. Legal experts say drivers of rear cars involved in collisions are …

Missouri River Dams Credited With Mitigating 2011 Floods

In 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was hanging on to the Missouri River like an experienced horseman reining in a wild stallion. Through the spring and a long wet summer, the corps used every mechanism and feature it …

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