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Chubb Sued for $60M by Owners of Ohio Mansion Destroyed by Fire

The owners of a southwest Ohio mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. Court documents show homeowners Jeffrey and Maria Decker filed the lawsuit …

Builders Association Sues over Minnesota’s Residential Sprinkler Law

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities is suing the state over a new sprinkler mandate. The law which took effect requires a sprinkler system for all new homes that are 4,500 square feet or larger. The Builders Association says …

Pro Athletes Durant, Watt to Endorse Wisconsin-Based American Family Insurance

Oklahoma Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance, the company said. Durant, the NBA’s most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family …

Zehr Appointed VP, Segment Underwriting at CNA

Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Jeff Zehr as vice president, segment underwriting. In this position, he will expand his responsibilities to include leadership and governance for the commercial lines products for both the financial institutions and the professional services customer segments. …

FBI Case Log: The Stolen Stradivarius

When a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin valued at more than $5 million was stolen from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond last year, investigators initially believed the theft may have been the work of sophisticated art thieves. The truth turned out …

Kansas Geologists Seek More Funding for Earthquake Monitoring

Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee that about half a million dollars is needed to beef …

Kansas Businesses Support State Takeover of OSHA Enforcement

A proposal that the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules from the federal government seems unlikely to pass this year but still has some support in the Kansas House. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from …

Nebraska to Consider Residential Carbon Monoxide Detector Mandate

An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing on Jan.29 would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require …

Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot

A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

Nebraska School Faces $1M Lawsuit Over Boy’s Drowning

The family of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at an Omaha, Neb., school last fall is seeking $1 million from the district. The Omaha World-Herald reports that James Martin Davis submitted a claim to Omaha Public Schools on behalf of …

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