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Flooding, Rain Problematic for Ohio Corn Growers

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. Flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist said in a …

Weather Damage to Nebraska’s Public Infrastructure Exceeds $13.5M

Nebraska emergency officials say recent severe weather has caused more than $13.5 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said that the damage was caused in 12 counties that were just designated …

Parents Sue, Say Wisconsin Voucher School Abused Students

Several parents are suing a private, military-style voucher school in Milwaukee, Wis., alleging their children were subjected to abuse and humiliating treatment when they attended a boot camp last fall. The students at Right Step Inc., which serves low-income children, …

Giordano Joins The McGowan Companies as Executive VP

Don Giordano has joined Ohio-based The McGowan Companies (TMC) as an executive vice president. Giordano will be working with McGowan’s carrier and distribution partners to create additional excess casualty products and services, which will complement TMC’s industry leading excess casualty …

More than 1,300 Claims Filed in Ohio Asbestos Suit

More than 1,300 damage claims were filed in a northeast Ohio court on behalf of the heirs of Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or developed serious illnesses from exposure to asbestos. The claims in Summit County Probate Court …

FBI Enters Battle Over Traffic Cameras in Ohio

The ongoing clash over traffic camera enforcement in Ohio isn’t slowing down. The FBI is now involved, investigating possible public corruption over camera vendor dealings in Columbus and Cincinnati. State lawmakers who saw last year’s bill to sharply restrict camera …

Design Questioned by Minnesota Science Museum with Water Intrusion

The Science Museum of Minnesota, a major tourist attraction that opened its new, $100 million home just 15 years ago, has serious water infiltration problems that could leave state taxpayers with a hefty repair bill. Museum leaders have approached state …

Hughes Named Chief Marketing Officer at Church Mutual Insurance

Church Mutual Insurance Co., based in Merrill, Wis., announced Laura J. Hughes will join the company as chief marketing officer effective July 6, 2015, and report directly to CEO Michael Ravn. With more than 20 years of experience and an …

Officials Seek Cause of $200K in Damage to Bismarck Event Center

Severe thunderstorms late last week caused about $200,000 of damage at the newly expanded Bismarck Event Center. A lobby area was flooded by several inches of muddy rainwater, and excess water also damaged six wooden doors and some electrical boxes, …

Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction

Construction of a ring levee that’s related to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area must remain on hold, a federal judge from Minnesota has ruled. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in May put levee …

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