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IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 …

North Dakotans Convicted in Crop Insurance Scam Told not to Contact Witnesses

A North Dakota judge has issued an order prohibiting two brothers convicted in a federal crop insurance case from contacting witnesses called by the government. A jury recently found Aaron and Derek Johnson guilty of conspiring to receive illegal payments …

Incoming Kansas Insurance Regulator Wants More Competition in State

The accountant and industry executive taking over as Kansas’ top insurance regulator next month says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul. Insurance Commissioner-elect …

Accident Fund Holdings Picks Dibean to Direct Business Liaison Office

Lansing, Mich.-based insurer Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has appointed Jaime Dibean as director of the business liaison office. Dibean is responsible for managing the business liaison office team, including coordinating new project initiatives and helping formulate business plans and estimates …

Zepnick Named Upper Midwest Region VP for Liberty Mutual Business Insurance

Timothy Zepnick has been appointed regional vice president for business insurance in Liberty Mutual Insurance’s upper Midwest region. Zepnick will be based in Waukesha, Wis., and is responsible for the profitable growth of business in the six state territory that …

Missouri DOI Recommends Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease

The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.4 percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs for 2015. The key driver of the decrease is the favorable loss experience in 2012, according to the department. “A decrease in large …

Survey: Michigan Business Owners Optimistic About Future

Michigan Business owners remain optimistic about their future and expect continued profit improvement, according to the latest Michigan Future Business Index, published in partnership with Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network. “This latest survey continues …

Drunk-Driving Deaths Down 47% Since 2003 in Wisconsin

Fewer Wisconsinites are being hurt or killed in drunken-driving accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says 185 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year — down 47 percent since 2003. Injuries from those crashes have dropped 59 percent in the …

Indiana County Needs to Find $3M to Pay for Insurance Costs

Porter County officials in Indiana are scrambling to find $3 million to pay health insurance bills after the county council failed to set aside enough money to cover costs this year. County Commissioner Laura Blaney told The Times in Munster …

Iowa Court: Construction Defect Remedy Doesn’t Extend to Banks, Developers

The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to give banks and real estate developers the same legal remedy that protects homebuyers from defective construction. In a pair of decisions, the court refused to expand Iowa’s implied warranty of workmanlike construction, which …

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