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Michigan Beverage Plant Ammonia Leak Hospitalizes Worker

An ammonia leak at a Detroit, Mich.-area beverage plant has left one worker hospitalized. A contractor struck an ammonia line at Sundance Beverage in Warren on Monday morning, causing a break that forced the building’s evacuation. The Macomb Daily reports …

Driver Course in Illinois Offers Help for Teens With Attention Disorder

Chicago, Ill.-area students with attention deficit disorder are getting special attention when they learn to drive. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported a Chicago-based group called Behind the Wheel with ADHD is training driving instructors, including those at Lombard-based Top …

Wisconsin Police Officers Targeting Aggressive Drivers

Police across Wisconsin have ramped up efforts to stop aggressive driving by writing more speeding tickets. The strategy is appearing to work, as citations increased nearly 7 percent in 2015, to more than 172,000, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Before …

Drones Being Tested in Minnesota to Conduct Safety Inspections on Bridges

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state’s bridges are holding up. The drone allows inspectors not only …

Fighting Massive 2016 Wildfire Cost Kansas County $1.5M

Firefighting costs hit $1.5 million in the county hardest hit by a massive wildfire along the Kansas-Oklahoma border last year. Jerry McNamar, emergency management director for Kansas’ Barber County, said he’s optimistic that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay …

South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Insurer Tax Credit Disclosure

South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that was meant to increase transparency in the state’s school choice scholarship program. The bill, voted down 9-6 in the House Education Committee, would have required insurance companies to disclose how much money …

Wisconsin Governor Lets Apartment Sprinkler Requirement Stand

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has reversed itself and no longer plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers in many new apartment buildings. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services recently advanced plans to end a requirement …

Ohio Judge: Village Must Pay Back $3M in Traffic Camera Tickets

A judge in Ohio says a village must pay back all $3 million paid by drivers for speeding citations from automated traffic cameras. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Butler County Judge Michael Oster issued his ruling Wednesday, saying the money was …

Driver in Double Fatal Tesla Crash in Indiana Was Drunk, Police Say

The driver of a speeding Tesla electric car that crashed and burned in Indianapolis, killing her and a passenger, was too drunk to drive, according to a police report released Wednesday. The report, which includes toxicology test results, said 27-year-old …

Michigan Insurance Department Launches Online Complaint Form

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced a new online tool to assist Michigan consumers with the filing of electronic complaints. The Office of Consumer Services (OCS) at DIFS will use this tool to start the initial …

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