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Ohio House Passes Bill Protecting Skilled Volunteers from Liability

The Ohio House has passed a bill that gives legal protection to certain volunteers who provide service and expertise during emergencies. The measure gives architects, engineers, surveyors and tradespersons immunity from civil liability for errors or omissions that may occur …

Administrative Strategies Partners with Aon Cornerstone

Fishers, Ind.-based Administrative Strategies announced a partnership with Aon Cornerstone, a business unit of Aon plc that focuses on fostering strategic alliances with minority business enterprises. Administrative Strategies is a woman-owned firm that provides claims services to property/casualty companies. Additionally, …

Report: Errors Increase in Minnesota Hospitals but Deaths Decrease

An annual report on patient safety shows more errors but fewer deaths in Minnesota hospitals in the past year. The Department of Health found 277 so-called “adverse events” in categories long been tracked, such as wrong-site surgery or foreign objects …

Fratianni-Atsaves Appointed Chair of Illinois Workers’ Comp Commission

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Joann Fratianni-Atsaves as the chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). She has 34 years of experience in workers’ compensation law and has previously served as both an arbitrator and a commissioner at …

Kansas Earthquakes Further Damaging Century-Old Courthouse

Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas. The bill just to repair the 107-year-old stairways has increased from $400,000 to $1.1 …

Michigan Pot Grower Who Didn’t Tell Insurer Must Reimburse Fire Claim Payment

An insurance company that didn’t know about a medical marijuana nursery in a Bay City, Mich., basement can recover more than $130,000 paid after the house was destroyed by fire. A federal appeals court upheld a decision by U.S. District …

15 Children Killed in Ohio Fires in 2014, 11 So Far This Year

Fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Many factors affect those statistics, but the chief of …

Secretary of State Warns Indiana Business Owners of Payment Scam

Indiana’s secretary of state is warning Hoosier businesses to be wary of a payment scam that’s tied to a deceptive letter. Connie Lawson says businesses have recently received a letter claiming to come from a group called the Indiana Council …

Insurance Department: 1-in-3 Missourians Impacted by Anthem Data Breach

The Missouri Department of Insurance reported it received new information from Anthem that shows one-in-three Missourians’ personal information was compromised during a recent cyberattack on the health insurer. More than 2 million Missourians are affected by the data breach. “This …

City’s Refusal to Pay for Sinkhole Damage Upsets Ohio Driver

A truck owner says the city of Dayton should compensate him for sinkhole damage that left his truck inoperable. The Dayton Daily News reports that 52-year-old Mike McDonald is infuriated that the city rejected his $10,000 claim. He says the …

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