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Wine Named Securities Head, Shultz Asst. Commissioner at Kansas Insurance Dept.

John Wine, current assistant commissioner at the Kansas Insurance Department (KID), has been named securities commissioner within the department, and Clark Shultz has been tapped as Wine’s successor as assistant commissioner. The administrative changes are a result of the upcoming …

Partners Specialty Group Adds Swett & Crawford’s Coelho in Kansas City

Partners Specialty Group Inc., an AmWINS Group Co., has added Michael Coelho to its property team. He is based in Kansas City, Mo. With almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Coelho specializes in protection for challenging property risks, …

Missouri Becomes 3rd State to Sue Opioid Manufacturers

Missouri on June 21 became the third U.S. state to accuse major drug manufacturers of fraudulently misrepresenting the risks of opioid painkillers now at the center of a national addiction epidemic. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said his office filed …

Protecting Unions Is a Labor of Love for Union Insurance Group

It can be pretty tough keeping an independent insurance agency up and running successfully long-term if you’re just in it for the money, according to the leader of a Chicago-based agency that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. “You’ve …

Ex-Missouri Insurance Director Joins Dentons Law Firm in Kansas City

The global law firm, Dentons, has named John M. Huff as a partner in its insurance regulatory practice. He is based in Kansas City. Huff most recently served as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, where he oversaw one …

Governor Declares State of Emergency for Nebraska Storm-Damaged Areas

Nebraska’s governor has declared a state of emergency for storm-damaged areas of the state. The June 20 declaration by Gov. Pete Ricketts will let the state respond to local governments in the wake of storms that struck both ends of Nebraska last …

Green Bay Fan Sues Chicago Bears over Sideline Packers Gear Ban

A Green Bay Packers fan is making a federal case out of a dispute with the Chicago Bears, filing a lawsuit accusing the rival team of violating his free-speech rights by prohibiting him from wearing Packers apparel at Bears’ pregame …

Confie Adds Missouri Retail Insurance Locations

Confie, a California-based national provider of personal and commercial lines insurance, has expanded its insurance agency presence in Missouri. Confie acquired the Rodney D. Young Insurance group’s Missouri retail operations from Loya Insurance Group, which consist of locations in St. …

Iowa’s ManchesterStory Group Welcomes Aon Benfield’s O’Halleran

ManchesterStory Group (ManchesterStory), a Des Moines, Iowa-based venture capital firm focused on insurance-relevant fintech and healthcare companies, has added Michael O’Halleran as a special advisor and chair of the advisory board of the ManchesterStory Venture Fund L.P. O’Halleran is the …

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance Adds McGee in Missouri

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a network of over 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, has hired Rikki McGee as an administrative specialist. In this position, McGee will maintain, expand and service the alliance’s accounts by providing administrative …

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