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Settlement Reached Over Kansas Discrimination Claim

Saline County in Kansas and a former interim director of the Saline County Health Department have reached a $75,000 settlement over a sexual discrimination claim. The Salina Journal reported the county said that it denied liability associated with the claim, …

USI Insurance Acquires Hanratty & Associates in Minnesota

USI Insurance Services has acquired Hanratty & Associates Inc. in Plymouth, Minn. The employees will remain at their current Plymouth location. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hanratty & Associates has been providing employee benefits and consulting for nearly …

J&J Faces 1K More Talc-Cancer Suits After Verdict for South Dakota Woman

Johnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the second such trial loss this year. J&J is accused in more than 1,000 lawsuits in …

Immigrants, Homeless Used by Asbestos Contractors in Michigan, Report Shows

A newspaper says contractors are using immigrants, ex-cons, homeless people and teenagers to remove material containing asbestos from of aging buildings. The Detroit Free Press reported this week in the second of a two-part series on asbestos that experts say …

Iowa Rail Safety Study: Dubuque County Vulnerable for Another Spill

A recent Iowa rail safety study says Dubuque County remains vulnerable to crude oil or biofuels spills more than a year after several railcars carrying ethanol derailed along the Mississippi River. The state’s Department of Transportation and Homeland Security and …

Vandal Causes $400K in Damage at South Dakota Construction Site

Police in Sioux Falls, S.D., are looking for the vandal who damaged construction equipment to the tune of $400,000. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the vandal was able to turn on a backhoe and tipped over a pickup truck, a …

Report: Asbestos Violations Not Routinely Fined in Michigan

Michigan’s state worker safety agency didn’t issue fines in the majority of asbestos abatement cases where it found serious violations during the past seven years, and not one company was fined the maximum $7,000, a newspaper reports. Fines weren’t issued …

USI Insurance Services Acquires Hanratty & Associates in Minnesota

USI Insurance Services (USI) has acquired Hanratty & Associates Inc., headquartered in Plymouth, Minn. Hanratty & Associates has been providing employee benefits and consulting for nearly 40 years. The employees will remain at the company’s current Plymouth location. Terms of …

Indiana Agency Exec Named Chairman of Associated Risk Managers International

Independent insurance agency network, Associated Risk Managers International Inc. (ARMI), have elected Greg Easley to serve as chairman of the ARMI board of directors. Easley currently serves as vice president and corporate secretary of RMD/Patti Insurance Agency & Financial Services, …

The Hartford: St. Louis Small Businesses Seek Significant Growth

The Hartford says a recent survey shows that St. Louis small business owners are looking for significant growth this year. According to The Hartford’s 2015 Small Business Success Study, 56 percent of St. Louis owners are looking to grow significantly, which includes …

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