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McKinney to Join Kemper as Chief Financial Officer

Chicago-based insurer, Kemper Corp., announced that James “Jim” J. McKinney will join the company in November as senior vice president and chief financial officer. McKinney will report directly to Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s president and chief executive officer. He …

Flood Damage Aid Sought by East-Side Detroit Residents

Residents of Detroit’s east side are seeking flood aid for property damage connected to July rainstorms. More than 1,000 claims have been filed with the Detroit Water Sewerage Department in connection to the July storms, The Detroit News reports. Flooding …

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck extreme northern Oklahoma late Monday and was widely felt throughout parts of Kansas. No injuries or damage were reported. The earthquake was centered near the town of Wakita, which is right …

Whole Foods Reaches $3.5M Settlement with EPA over Environmental Waste

Whole Foods Market Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, has reached a $3.5 million settlement with regulators over the disposal of products that were once for sale but later classified as hazardous waste. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the fine and …

Michigan Orders Former Agent to Stop Selling Fake Auto Insurance Certificates

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has ordered a Farmington man to stop selling fraudulent automobile insurance certificates through his company, SBS Agency. DIFS issued cease and desist order to Terrell Lee Smith also known as “Sam.” Smith …

Answer Financial’s Beard Joins Car Insurance Comparison Markeplace, The Zebra

Austin, Texas-based car insurance comparison marketplace, The Zebra, has added Steve Beard as vice president of sales operations. Beard joins The Zebra after directing carrier relations at Answer Financial, which was acquired by Allstate with Esurance in 2011. Prior to …

21 States, Business Groups, Insurance Agents Sue to Block Obama Overtime Pay Rule

Officials from 21 U.S. states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. Hours after the states announced their …

California Wildfire Now Costliest in U.S. History to Fight at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released this week. The fire has cost $206.7 million …

Autonomous Vehicles Involved in Arizona Crashes

Google says three of its self-driving vehicles were involved in crashes in the Phoenix, Ariz. metro area in August. The California-based company says its drivers were manually controlling the vehicles during two of the accidents, but the third was operating …

Allianz Names Mah North America Winery Team Lead in California

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty has named Dennis Mah winery team lead for North America. Mah is based in Sacramento, Calif., and he will report to Karen Walter, West zone farm and ranch lead. Mah will be responsible for developing …

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