Spring Festivals Are Back And Helping Small Towns Blossom

ORANGE CITY, Ia. — Boys and men, wearing traditional Dutch outfits of black caps, long button-down shirts, black pants and wooden shoes, throw buckets of water onto the street in downtown Orange City, Iowa. Girls and women wear Dutch bonnets and long dresses or skirts while they push brooms on the water.  https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/05/0520TULIPTOURISMweb.mp3 Listen to […]

217 Today: April 16, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021 Today’s headlines: Video of the fatal Chicago police shooting of Adam Toledo shows the 13-year-old raising his arms above his head the moment he is shot. COVID-19 is seeing a new resurgence in Region 2 of Illinois. The president of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria says his hospital is currently at […]

Fifty Years In, Oklahoma-Based River Corridor Faces Millions In Backlogged Repairs

TULSA, Okla. — When countries like China buy soybeans and grain, that journey might start in a port in the land-locked state of Oklahoma.  Farmers in states like Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado rely on a 445-mile water highway called the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System to ship their crops like soybeans and grain across the […]

Barge Industry May Be A Mixed Bag For The Green Energy Movement

ALTON — The Biden administration is fighting climate change in part by pushing for cars and trucks to be more fuel efficient and reduce emissions, but so far, that talk hasn’t landed in another mode of transportation: barges. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/04/BARGE-WEB.mp3 Listen to this story here. In light of more pressure to advance the cause of green […]

How An Iowa Town Won Its Fight For Better Flood Protection

HAMBURG, Ia. — Levees protect people, towns, and agriculture from flooding. But two years ago, parts of the Missouri River and its tributaries reached record crests, and many levees failed. Now there’s a rare effort to build a levee higher to better defend one southwest Iowa town.  https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kcur2/audio/2021/04/0413Leveesweb.mp3 Listen to this story here. Hamburg in […]

Farmers On The Missouri River Sue The Army Corps Of Engineers For Flood Damages

Farmers along the Missouri River won a mass action federal lawsuit last December against the Army Corps of Engineers for land damages they say are traceable to the agency’s management of the river.  Plaintiffs alleged the Corps violated the Fifth Amendment by taking measures to protect endangered animals on the river without compensating landowners. The […]