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Construction Crews ‘Bend and-Stretch’ with Miley Cyrus, Vanilla Ice to Limit Injuries

It’s called bend-and-stretch, a sequence of exercises that all Mortenson and Scull construction crews participate in before starting their day working on the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center arena project. “It is how we start our day, every single day,” Max …

Costs for Abuse Claims Against Ohio State Doctor Near $10 Million Thus Far

The investigation and related lawsuits about alleged sexual abuse decades ago by an Ohio State University team doctor have cost nearly $10 million so far, according to the school. The total was about $9.8 million as of December, school spokesman …

Iowa Town Learns Tornadoes Destroy Quickly But Property Recovery Takes Time

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa— It took 23 minutes for the July 2018 tornado to rip a path through Marshalltown resulting in millions of dollars in property damage. Like many homes and private businesses, city and county properties were not spared from the …

Duck Boat Owner Settles Final Lawsuit Over 2018 Missouri Accident That Took 17 Lives

The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II …

South Dakota Townships Face Financial Woes After 2019 Floods

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Townships in South Dakota are facing economic difficulties as 2019 flood repair costs mount. Townships primarily depend on their taxpayers for funds to repair more than 31,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) of roads while they wait for …

Death Toll From Storms in South and Midwest Rises to 11

HOUSTON — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large …

Community Helps Nebraska Hotel Owner Recover From Flood

KEARNEY, Neb. — Last July 9, after floodwaters wrecked the interior of his 42-room Western Inn South, Bhikhabhai Chaudhari struggled to smile. Now, thanks to assistance from Kearney businesses and individuals, Chaudhari is beaming. He reopened his motel late this …

‘Clubby’ Culture Helped Push Indiana Trucking Firm into Ruin

INDIANAPOLIS — Here’s something you can be sure Franklin College won’t be highlighting in its student-recruitment marketing: All three of the former Celadon Group Inc. executives charged this year in what prosecutors call a sweeping accounting fraud graduated from the …

Court Finds Collapsed Cave Not a Covered ‘Building’ Under Policy

Interstate Underground Warehouse & Storage operates more than 3 million square feet of storage space inside a cave that was once a limestone mine just outside of Kansas City, Mo. The company’s website touts the constant 60-degree temperature inside its …

Advisory Group Urges Better Flood Protection in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s levees need to be strengthened and repaired, especially in rural areas hit hard by prolonged flooding in 2019, according to an advisory group appointed by Gov. Mike Parson. St. Louis Public Radio reported that the …

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