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Michigan Bill Would Limit Liability of Private Air Strip Owners

Horse owners and private air strip operators in Michigan would be exempt from liability in certain cases where people are injured under two bills that have moved through the Republican-controlled House. One bill, passed by a 79-31 vote, would add …

Parents of Missouri Teen Killed by Police Sue City of Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., was sued by the family of an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a police officer triggered nationwide protests, while subsequent deaths at the hands of police fueled a national debate about how law enforcement treats minorities. …

Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest

Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

Missouri Bill with Medical Malpractice Caps Sent to Governor

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

Minnesota Manufacturers Relying on Robots Amid Worker Shortage

A growing number of Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots amid a shortage of skilled workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports small companies are following the lead of larger manufacturers. Bob Kill, president and CEO of consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, …

Amerisure Makes Field Marketing & Underwriting Appointments

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., appointed Mark Gromek regional vice president and promoted Laura A. Irwin to director of Field Marketing & Underwriting (FMU) Service and Support. Gromek, based in Atlanta, and Irwin, based in Farmington …

Missouri’s POWERS Insurance and Benefits Opens Satellite Office

Independent insurance agency, POWERS Insurance and Benefits, headquartered in Clayton, Mo., announced it has opened a satellite office at 17998 Chesterfield Airport Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. POWERS hired four new associates to establish the West County presence, bringing the total …

Wisconsin Legislature Passes Ridesharing Bill

The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would create statewide regulations on ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The legislation, which already passed the House, now goes to Gov. Scott Walker. The measure would prohibit any local ordinances governing …

Safety National Rebrands Reinsurance Platform: Safety National Re

St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. announced it has rebranded its reinsurance platform as Safety National Re. Safety National Re will continue to offer its existing products and solid financial security, which includes over $1.25 billion in surplus as …

Michigan Insurance Wholesaler J.M. Wilson Promotes Van Niman

Portage, Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Dawn Van Niman who will be serving multiple roles as accounting and finance associate, agency coordinator assistant, and human resource assistant. Van Niman will be responsible for …

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