Josh Funk

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Rail Industry Defends Safety Record Amid Staffing Cuts

Trains at Norfolk and Southern Railroad's Conway Yard in Conway, Pa.

OMAHA, Neb. — Even as railroads are operating longer freight trains that sometimes stretch for miles, the companies have drastically reduced staffing levels, prompting unions to warn that moves meant to increase profits could endanger safety and even result in disasters.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
May 17, 2021
Business

Warren Buffett Says Supply Chain, Economy Will Recover From Coronavirus Woes

Warren Buffett 2019 Warren Buffett photo by Nati Harnik/AP

OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the viral outbreak in China has slowed economic growth, but he remains confident in the long-term future of American business.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
February 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Army Corps of Engineers Takes Heat in Wake of Missouri River Flooding

Meeting Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, center left, and John Remus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators earlier this month during a hearing held to examine the massive flooding that caused more than $3 billion in damage in the Midwest.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
April 17, 2019
Business, Logistics

Union Pacific, CSX, Reflect Solid Economic Growth

Union Pacific Train Union Pacific Train (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

OMAHA, Neb. — The economy appears strong to the major freight railroads that haul the products and raw materials companies rely on, but the lingering trade disputes could derail business if they continue.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
January 24, 2019