TUSAYAN, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona food bank has delivered more than 600 food boxes to Grand Canyon National Park and a gateway community to help out government and concession workers who have been furloughed from their jobs.
The Grand Canyon is closed to visitors because of the partial government shutdown.
The pastor of a church inside the park reached out to Phoenix-based St. Mary's Food Bank for help. The Rev. Patrick Dotson says many of the affected workers live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to provide food for their families.
The food bank trucked the boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon's South Rim and then inside the park.
Tusayan business owners also held a protest Tuesday against the Grand Canyon's continued closure.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man is one of four soldiers killed in an attack in Afghanistan.
The Army announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Special Agent Joseph M. Peters and the three other soldiers died Sunday in Kandahar Province when their unit was hit by an improvised explosive device.
Peters was assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion from Vicenza, Italy. He was a special agent assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment.
He served two deployments in Iraq before being assigned to Afghanistan.
Peters is survived by a wife and 20-month-old son.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Chesterfield-based financial services firm has been fined $200,000 by securities regulators for giving away thousands of free sports tickets to school board members, superintendents and other government officials.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that municipal bond underwriter L.J. Hart & Company was fined by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for violating so-called "pay for play" rules designed to keep corruption out of the municipal bond business.
The company and the independent regulator declined to identify the ticket recipients. The company's past clients include the Normandy, Lincoln County, Winfield, Warren County, Grandview, Windsor, Hillsboro and Festus school districts.
School officials received tickets to St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and Blues games, as well as pro contests in Kansas City.