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Caleb Schwab’s Family Settled Waterslide Death for Nearly $20 Million

The family of Caleb Schwab, who was killed last summer on the Verrückt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments from companies found to be liable for the accident. According to The Kansas City Star, “It’s believed to be the largest settlement of its kind paid in a wrongful death case involving a minor in either Kansas or Missouri.” Caleb, the son of Kansas State representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated on August 7 after becoming airborne on the 168-foot-tall waterslide, which the park touted as the tallest waterslide in the world since ... Read More

Deadly Waterslide Remains Standing Months After Boy’s Decapitation

The “world’s tallest waterslide” is expected to remain standing when the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, reopens in May, less than a year after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab’s brutal deal on the attraction. The waterpark wants the shuttered 168-foot-tall slide taken down because it stands as a grim reminder of Caleb’s horrific accident Aug. 7. The boy, the son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, was with his family on “Elected Officials Day” at the waterpark when the accident occurred. Some reports said that the ride’s safety straps failed to contain Caleb, who became airborne as his raft crested a ... Read More

Class of type 2 diabetes drug may offer heart benefits, but patients must weigh other risks

Data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session suggested that patients taking a class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors were at lower risk of being hospitalized for heart failure. But that benefit may come at a cost. People with type 2 diabetes are already at risk for various cardiovascular complications. Heart failure is one of the most common, said Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City in an interview with Cardiology Today. “Not only that, but it’s arguably the most morbid of (heart related) complications ... Read More

Kansas Amusement Ride Bill Seeks Tougher Safety Regulations In Wake Of Waterslide Death

Kansas state legislators have advanced a new bill that would toughen the state’s amusement ride safety laws months after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas Republican lawmaker was decapitated on a 17-story waterslide. The bill will go to the House floor and will have to be approved by the full chamber. It currently seems to have broad bi-partisan support among the assembly’s Democrats, moderate Republicans, and far-right Republicans, the Kansas City Star reported. Republican Rep. John Barker of Abilene, who pushed for better regulations, told the Kansas City Star that the bill is a “comprehensive first step” because it covers ... Read More

Flavored E-Cigarettes May be a Gateway to Traditional Smoking for Teens

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City conducted a study using the data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that 58 percent of of middle and high school students who used flavored e-cigarettes had intentions to start smoking traditional cigarettes. None of them had never smoked before. “Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly,” said study author Hongying Dai, an associate professor of Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital health services and outcomes. “The majority of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes started with a flavored product.” ... Read More

Bo Jackson Says He Would Never Have Played Football Had He Known of Concussion Risks

Sports legend Bo Jackson told USA Today Sports that if he had known about the head-injury risks football poses to players back in the ’80s and ’90s he would never have played football. “If I knew back then what I know now,” Mr. Jackson told USA Today Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” he said, alluding to the NFL’s leadership. In 2011, a group of former NFL players filed a lawsuit ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

“World’s Tallest Waterslide” To Be Demolished After Boy’s Death

The “world’s tallest waterslide” in a Kansas City, Kan. waterpark will be torn down once authorities complete their investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed on the ride in August. Owners of the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City say they plan to demolish the 168-foot-tall waterslide, named “Verruckt” (German for “crazy”) “once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court.” The waterpark, owned by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts of New Braunfels, Texas is one of several waterparks the company operates, but the only one outside of Texas. The Kansas City waterpark drew ... Read More

For-Profit College Chain Shuts Down Ahead of Whistleblower Lawsuit Trial

Heritage College, a for-profit chain of schools with 10 campuses in eight states, permanently shut its doors just days after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of falsifying student records and grades to maintain a flow of federal financial aid money. Former Heritage employees Chickoiyah Miller and Cathy Sillman sued Denver-based Heritage College in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the U.S. False Claims Act, accusing the school of altering the grade and attendance records of students who were doing poorly so that those students remained eligible for federal financial aid. The plaintiffs allege ... Read More

Kansas Home Health care Provider Pays $1.8 Million To Resolve Whistleblower’s Kickback Allegations

A Kansas home health care company and its owner have agreed to pay the U.S. $1.8 million to settle allegations brought by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act that they paid unlawful kickbacks for Medicaid patient referrals. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Best Choice Home Health Care Agency Inc. of Kansas City, Kansas, and its owner, Reginal King, allegedly boosted Medicaid billings actively seeking referrals and paying for them. According to the False Claims Act lawsuit, Mr. King and Best Choice entered into a kickback arrangement with Christopher Thomas, an individual who transported patients from their ... Read More