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Boats on Northern Indiana River Targeted by Theives

Thieves are taking batteries and other items from boats docked along a northern Indiana river near South Bend, according to local authorities. St. Joseph County police have received more than a dozen theft reports over the past couple of weeks …

Stratton Promoted to Property/Casualty Underwriter at J.M. Wilson

J.M. Wilson has promoted Kristy Stratton to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. She is responsible for quoting new and renewal accounts for a wide variety of commercial property and casualty risks, as well as issuing policies and servicing …

Minnesota Farmers Awarded $6.3M in Suit Against Utility

A judge in Minnesota’s Cass County has awarded $6.3 million to a couple whose milk cows were injured or killed by stray voltage on their dairy farm from a Brainerd utility company. KTTC-TV reports the judge awarded the damages to …

Guardrails Under Scrutiny Still Used in Nebraska

Nebraska officials say they will continue using a highway guardrail system that has been the focus of safety concerns until the Federal Highway Administration says it shouldn’t. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail system has been used …

Workplace Fatalities Decline in Michigan

Michigan’s rate of job-related deaths has decreased in recent years even as more people enter the workforce following the economic recession. The Detroit News reports federal data show Michigan’s rate of workplace fatalities declined from 3.6 per 100,000 workers in …

Michigan Breaks Ground on $22M Emergency Operations Center

The state of Michigan has broken ground on a new $22 million emergency operations center in the Lansing area. Officials expect the building to open in November 2015 and say it will be “hardened” to withstand natural disasters so response …

Arson Suspected in Dubuque, Iowa, Vehicle Fires

Dubuque, Iowa, police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reportsthat the fires were reported before dawn on Oct. 23 in a parking lot. Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says …

State Farm Seeks to Test Drone Use for Damage Response in Illinois

State Farm insurance company is seeking federal approval to test drones in evaluating property damage and responding to natural disasters. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported that the Bloomington-based company has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation. It asks …

Contractors Need to Be Involved in the Claims Process, BELFOR CEO Says

Customer service in property claims suffers when the contractor is left out of the settlement process and policy renewals may be in jeopardy because of it. That’s the word from the top executive of one of the world’s largest disaster …

Kansas Contractors Struggle to Find Skilled Workers

A survey finds that many Kansas contractors are having trouble filling skilled jobs in the construction industry. Ninety percent of the 20 Kansas firms that responded to an Associated General Contractors survey said they’re having a hard time finding project …

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