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OSHA Fines Wisconsin Scrap Yard $42K after Worker Death

A federal safety agency is proposing $42,000 in fines against a Waukesha, Wis., scrap yard where an employee was killed when he was struck by a forklift truck. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Waukesha Iron & Metal Inc. …

Dillabaugh Joins Lockton’s Benefits Agency in Kansas City

Scott Dillabaugh has joined the leadership team of Lockton Companies’ Benefits Agency as senior vice president. He will be based in Kansas City. Dillabaugh will focus on business development, fostering the company’s culture, and driving innovation. He will also be assisting several …

Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Joins Valley Insurance Agency Alliance

Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a network of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, has added Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency as its newest alliance member. Founded in 1974 by Myron and Norma Wohltman, Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency specializes …

A.J. Renner & Associates Acquired by RT Specialty

R-T Specialty LLC (RT Specialty), the wholesale brokerage unit of Ryan Specialty Group LLC, has acquired A.J. Renner & Associates, an Illinois-based wholesale insurance broker specializing in the life science arena. Following the close of the transaction, the core of the …

Insureon Hires Utkin as Chief Marketing Officer

Insureon, an online provider of small business insurance, has added Andrei Utkin as chief marketing officer. He is based in Chicago. Utkin previously was with information and analytics firm Neustar. He also formerly worked at Capital One where he led the company’s …

Chicago Sues Red Light Camera Operator, Redflex

The city of Chicago has filed a $300 million lawsuit against the former operator of its red light cameras, alleging the program was built on bribery. The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit seeks more than double the $124 million Redflex …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Missouri Program Administrator

International insurance brokerage and risk management services firm, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., has acquired program administrator, National Administration Co., based in Chesterfield, Mo. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1987, National Administration Co. (NAC) is a national …

Iowa Hotel Owners Must Pay Over $1M in Harassment Case

The owners of an Iowa hotel have been ordered to pay two former employees who complained about sexual harassment more than $1.2 million. An Iowa jury ruled against the owners of a Quality Inn and Suites in Peosta, Iowa, The …

Kansas Insurance Regulators Considering More Agent CE Hours

The Kansas Insurance Department is considering whether insurance agents need more training. Currently, the state’s insurance agents are required to complete 12 hours of education every other year. Most states require 24 hours for insurance agents. The Wichita Eagle reports …

Homes, Vehicles Flooded in Sioux Falls

More than half a foot of rain fell in parts of Sioux Falls, S.D., leading to flash flooding that inundated basements, stranded dozens of motorists and cut electricity to thousands of homes. Mayor Mike Huether said infrastructure improvements in recent …

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