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House Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

The 99-year-old U.S. estate tax would disappear under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The legislation, backed on a 22-10 party-line vote, would benefit about 5,500 families who pay the tax each year plus thousands …

Progressive to Risk Raising Rates on Risky Snapshot Drivers

Progressive Corp., the fourth-largest U.S. auto insurer, said it will begin increasing rates for some risky customers who participate in a program that allows the company to electronically monitor driving habits. The decision to lift premiums is a shift for …

Michigan Workers’ Comp Costs Drop, Employment Rises

Michigan has had some positive developments on the employment and workers’ compensation fronts lately and state officials are eager to share the news. Workers’ comp costs for employers in Michigan have dropped by nearly 28 percent since 2011 and the …

The Graham Co. Appoints Health & Human Services Leader in Philadelphia

The Graham Company, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm based in Philadelphia, has appointed Vice President Carl M. Bloomfield as new leader of the Health & Human Services Division. Bloomfield replaces Tim Folk, who recently joined Beecher Carlson Insurance Services …

New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Program May Be Making Positive Impact

Judging by the number of tickets each year, jaywalking as an infraction draws scant attention from police in New Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports that in 2010, there were 557 jaywalking tickets issued in the state of New Jersey, …

Recall for Texas-Based Blue Bell Ice Cream Products Expanded

Federal authorities say Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria. Blue Bell is recalling 3-ounce cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream that have tab …

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms

While there has been a curious lack of tornadoes throughout the country’s midsection, that may soon change, according to federal weather forecasters. A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility …

Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

Wisconsin-Based SECURA Celebrates 115th Anniversary

SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., is celebrating the fact that it has been in operation for 115 years as of March 2015. The company was founded by Julius Bubolz in the town of Cicero after a devastating windstorm struck a …

Another Truck Crashes into Problematic South Dakota Bridge

A low-clearance railroad bridge in Pierre, S.D., continues to win battles with semitrailers that seem drawn to it like a magnet. The latest truck to crash into the problematic bridge over South Pierre Street didn’t hurt the structure, but an …

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