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Oswald Cos. Names Sandusky Global Casualty Practice Leader

Oswald Companies, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has appointed Suzanne Sandusky as global casualty practice leader for property/casualty. Sandusky will lead the independent insurance brokerage firm’s national and international casualty strategy. Sandusky has 25 years of experience in designing unique casualty …

Reported Dakota Access Pipeline Vandalism Exposes Risk of Sabotage

The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported “recent coordinated physical attacks” on the much-protested line, just as it’s almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest …

Welder Sparked Massive Kansas Apartment Fire, Official Says

A fire that leveled a multimillion-dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes in suburban Kansas City, Mo., started when a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials, fire officials said. More than 100 firefighters battled the …

Senator: North Dakota Insurance Fund Won’t Pay Claim in Gambling Case

A state senator from Fargo says the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund will not pay a claim from the founder of a former horse racing betting company whose conviction for illegal gambling was overturned. A judge has ruled that Susan …

Overland Park, Kansas, Apartment Building Fire Ignites Houses

A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. on March 20 at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, …

Illinois Places Public Service Insurance Co. into Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Insurance reported that Public Service Insurance Co. (Public Service) and its parent corporation Public Service Mutual Holding Co. have been placed into rehabilitation. Policies will continue in force and policyholder claims will continue to be paid …

Missouri’s Millennium Brokers Joins Insurance Agency Alliance

Millennium Brokers LLC in Springfield, Mo., has joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a network of over 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Millennium Brokers is a full-service insurance agency founded in 2016 that specializes in auto, home …

J.M. Wilson Adds Mahaffey as Assistant Underwriter in Ohio

Managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson has hired Seth Mahaffey as assistant transportation underwriter in Westerville, Ohio. Mahaffey responsible for quoting new and renewal transportation accounts, setting up and binding policies, assisting underwriters, and serving independent insurance …

Study Finds Safety Benefits in Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Program

Chicago’s red-light cameras reduce serious injury crashes at intersections where they are placed and also have a measurable “spillover effect” that improves safety at intersections without cameras, according to a Northwestern University Transportation Center study released March 20. The research …

Wildfire Destroys Homes near Nebraska’s Lake McConaughy

A fire chief says a wildfire has destroyed at least eight homes and several other buildings near Nebraska’s Lake McConaughy. Keystone Lemoyne Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Ralph Moul said on March 20 that the blaze has been contained, but …

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