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Homes, Vehicles Flooded in Sioux Falls

More than half a foot of rain fell in parts of Sioux Falls, S.D., leading to flash flooding that inundated basements, stranded dozens of motorists and cut electricity to thousands of homes. Mayor Mike Huether said infrastructure improvements in recent …

Hackers Target Data of Catholic Workers in Michigan

Hackers cracked a computer network and got access to Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 10,000 people who work for Roman Catholic churches or church affiliates around Michigan. “I cannot tell you how many prayers have …

Ohio Company to Pay $80K to Settle Harassment Suit

Mel-K Management Company will pay $80,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a federal harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced. According to the lawsuit, Mel-K’s general manager at …

Kansas Firm Sentenced for Mishandling Chemicals

An El Dorado, Kan., company has been ordered to pay $97,612 in restitution and a $10,000 fine for mishandling waste chemicals, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The company also must pay a $400 special assessment and serve three years on …

Company in Minnesota Vikings Stadium Fatality Had Safety Citations

The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed on Aug. …

Russell Named President, CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance

Mark C. Russell has been tapped as the next president and chief executive officer of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, succeeding the company’s current retiring leader Jim Kennedy. Russell comes to Ohio Mutual from Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Insurance, where he has …

AssuredPartners Acquires Insurance & Benefits Group in Missouri

AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired Insurance & Benefits Group LLC (IBG), headquartered in Sedalia, Mo. IBG’s 31 employees will continue to operate from its three Missouri locations — Sedalia, Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg — under the local leadership of IBG President …

Victims Seek Review of Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Claims

A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The move comes a day after church lawyers …

Kansas City Restaurant Explosion Lawsuit Goes to Jury

After five weeks of testimony, lawyers presented closing arguments in the civil trial involving a fatal explosion more than two years ago at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant. The civil lawsuit stems from the February 2013 natural-gas explosion and fire …

Ohio Licenses First Captive Insurance Company

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that Imprise Financial PCC Inc. is now licensed as Ohio’s first ‘protected cell’ captive insurance company. Through its protected cells, Imprise Financial will allow businesses to insure some of their own commercial risks, realize greater …

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