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Outlooks for Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Revised to Positive: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (WMIC) in Madison, Wis. The revised outlooks reflect WMIC’s trend of strong …

At Least 12 Tornadoes in Indiana, Ohio Damage Homes, Businesses

A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio earlier this week, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said as crews worked to restore power and remove fallen trees. The …

Illinois, Missouri Handle Problem of Uninsured Drivers Differently

Dan McMullen is an insurance agent in Ferguson, Mo. His Solo Insurance office is on West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of the trouble two years ago. The building next to his office burned into ruins. There aren’t many millionaires among …

Allstate Offers Home-Sharing Insurance Endorsement in Michigan

Allstate is now offering a home-sharing endorsement in Michigan for homeowner insurance customers who rent out their homes on a temporary basis. With participation in the home-sharing economy expected to quadruple over the next few years, Allstate said it is …

Missouri Group Wants Tougher Penalties for Vehicle/Pedestrian Accidents

An organization that advocates for walkers and bicyclists in the St. Louis region is pushing for stiffer penalties for drivers who strike pedestrians. Trailnet wants more to be done to make sober drivers more accountable, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. …

Court: Out-of-State License Plates Alone Don’t Justify Kansas Search

Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by a …

Missouri Insurance Department Expects Lower Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates

Missouri insurance regulators say employers in that state should see lower workers’ compensation insurance rates for the third straight year in 2017. The Missouri Department of Insurance says the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has proposed an overall decrease of …

Hylant Names Timmel as VP for Cyber, Technology Risk Practice

Ohio-based insurance brokerage firm, Hylant, named Spencer Timmel to the newly created position of vice president, Cyber & Technology Risk Practice leader. Spencer speaks regularly on network security and privacy liability topics. He has shared his insights with the United …

Missouri Non-Renews Insurance License of Northern Illinois Agency Owner, Again

The Missouri Department of Insurance has once again refused to renew the non-resident producer license of the owner of an Illinois managing general agency that has been able to continue operations despite having his license revoked or non-renewed previously in both …

Southern Kansas Flood Damage Estimated at $1M

Southern Kansas flooding victims are cleaning up the mess torrential rains left behind. The Wichita Eagle reports that Mulvane city administrator Kent Hixson says 44 homes and five businesses inside the city limits saw some sort of flooding damage from …

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