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Kansas Firefighters to Benefit from $12M Relief Fund Distribution

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger currently is making the annual funds distribution to state and local firefighter relief organizations. Nearly $12 million will be distributed among 569 local Firefighters Relief Associations (FRAs) across the state. That is nearly $342,000 more …

Flood Damage Costs Continue to Climb in Minnesota

Minnesota communities are trying to bounce back from last month’s flooding as damage estimates continue to rise. The state’s deputy director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Joe Kelly, said last month’s excessive rainfall led to a unique disaster. “It’s …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Lightning Rod Insurance Scam

A 52-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to probation in a lightning rod insurance scam that targeted elderly residents. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that Donald Anthony Moses of Neosho, Mo., was sentenced to two years …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

Hailstorm Damages Crops in Northeastern Wisconsin

A severe hailstorm caused significant damage to crops in northeastern Wisconsin, farmers and researchers said. Matt Stasiak, an agricultural researcher, tells the Door County Advocate the hail crushed cherry trees, grapevines, winter wheat, corn and other crops in Sevastopol on …

Rauch Named Vice President of Marketing at Ohio-Based Central Insurance

The Central Insurance Companies, based in Van Wert, Ohio, has promoted Timothy L. Rauch, to vice president of marketing for both Central Mutual and All America Insurance Companies. Rauch will replace current Senior Vice President of Marketing Edd Buhl when …

Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. Ratings Downgraded, Withdrawn

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Ellington Mutual Insurance Co. (EMIC) in Hortonville, Wis. The outlook for both ratings remains negative. Concurrently, A.M. Best …

Wisconsin Regulators Say 166,000 Gained Insurance Coverage

Newly released numbers by the Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner’s office shows that nearly 166,000 Wisconsin residents purchased health insurance by June 1. But it’s not known how many of those people were previously uninsured. Gov. Scott Walker has promised to cut …

Hearing Set in Insurance Fraud Case Against Former Kansas Agent

A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss the bulk of a wide-ranging indictment accusing a former Kansas insurance agent with stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten set a July 28 date …

Cost to Indiana City for Wabash River Levee Repairs Estimated at $2M

A southwestern Indiana city will need to spend more than $2 million to repair its Wabash River flood levees, although that is much less than officials previously projected. Vincennes officials say the repairs are needed before the levees can be …

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