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Indiana Jury Awards $32.5M to Traffic Accident Victim

A northwest Indiana jury has awarded $32.5 million to a woman with a traumatic brain injury that left her partially paralyzed nine years ago when the car she was a passenger in struck a disabled semi-trailer on an interstate. The …

Indiana High Court Sides with Contractors on Fire Costs

The Indiana Supreme Court says contractors who worked on a 19th century courthouse before a 2009 fire don’t have to pay some of costs of repairing the fire damage. The decision upholds lower court rulings favoring three contractors that were …

Government’s Bird Flu Response Upsets Some Iowa Farmers

Iowa farmers who have been dealing for weeks with thousands of rotting dead chickens are frustrated by the government’s response to the Midwest bird flu outbreak. Several chicken and turkey farmers expressed their concerns at public meetings in northwest Iowa, …

Bird Flu Expected to Wane in U.S. as Weather Warms

An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organization for …

Watercraft Laws Taking Effect in Illinois Are Aimed at Safety

Law enforcement officials say Illinois boaters should be aware of new laws taking effect this year. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. says the laws will keep boaters safe. It’s now a requirement to display a bright orange flag from …

Ridesharing Service Expands to 5 More Wisconsin Cities

The ridesharing service Uber is expanding to five more Wisconsin cities. Uber already operates in Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay. Thursday it rolls out in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha. The Journal Sentinel reported the expansion comes …

Homeowners in a South Dakota County Won’t See Flood Insurance Surcharge

More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota are no longer facing a potential surcharge on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had threated to charge $50 to those homeowners in …

Keystone Takes on Two New Missouri Partners

Keystone Insurers Group welcomed Springfield, Mo.-based agency Barker Phillips Jackson as its second franchise partner in the state and Winter-Dent & Company of Jefferson City as its third. Earlier in the week Keystone announced its first franchise partner in Missouri. …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires James R. Weir in Minnesota

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired James R. Weir Insurance Agency Inc. in Mankato, Minn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jay Weir, Michael Donohoe and their associates will continue to operate from their current location under the …

J.M. Wilson in Michigan Promotes Councell to Fleet Underwriter

Portage, MI.-based J.M. Wilson has promoted Jennifer Councell to fleet transportation underwriter. Councell is responsible for quoting new and renewal business for independent insurance agents in 21 states. Councell has been with J.M. Wilson since 2007, where she began as …

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