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Risk Innovations Acquires Columbia Commercial General Agency

Atlanta, Ga.-based Risk Innovations LLC has acquired Columbia Commercial General Agency (CCGA), headquartered in Columbia, Mo. The deal was effective Aug. 1, 2015. The acquired business will continue to operate in Columbia under the Risk Innovations name and management team. Risk …

Midwest Headed for Economic Slowdown, July Survey Suggests

Slumping numbers in a July survey suggest there will be slow to no economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Aug. 3. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions …

Hub International Acquires BW Insurance Agency

Hub International Limited (Hub), a global insurance brokerage based in Chicago, has acquired BW Insurance Agency Inc. (BWIA) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of the West. BWIA is a multi-line property and casualty, personal and employee benefits insurance brokerage. Terms of …

Golf Carts on Roads Increasingly Common in Southern Illinois Cities

A mode of transportation that took hold in retirement communities is becoming increasingly acceptable in some small southern Illinois cities. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that the Benton City Council will consider a proposal to allow golf carts on city …

Hundreds of Entities Seek Share of Ohio Rock Salt Settlement

Hundreds of local governments and other public entities are seeking a share of Ohio’s $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that were accused of conspiring to drive up prices. The state alleged that Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill …

Appeals Court: Indiana Police Department Can Be Held Liable

A federal appeals court has ruled the Evansville Police Department in Indiana committed too many mistakes” to be shielded from liability in a lawsuit filed over a SWAT raid on her home in 2012. The Evansville Courier & Press reports …

Nebraska Jury Awards $920K to Man Hurt When Chair Broke

A man who was injured at a Union Pacific facility when a chair he was sitting on broke has been awarded more than $920,000 by a jury in western Nebraska. Dan Anderson filed the lawsuit in March 2010, alleging that …

Marsh & McLennan Agency Acquires Cline Wood in Kansas City

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) has acquired Cline Wood Agency, a suburban Kansas City-based independent specialty insurance agency. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1984, Cline Wood specializes in providing property/casualty insurance and risk management and …

Some Crops Falter in Record Midwest Rains

Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain. The 48-year-old central Indiana farmer can’t recall anything like the deluges he’s …

Winter Wheat Crop Insurance Offered to All South Dakota Farmers

Ag producers across South Dakota will now be able to insure their winter wheat crop for 2016. State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently decided to expand crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South …

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