Midwest News

Cost Drops for Sinkhole Coverage Through Missouri FAIR Plan

Premiums for sinkhole insurance through the Missouri Property Insurance Placement Facility, also known as the FAIR Plan, are decreasing, state insurance regulators say. The new rate structure, which is the result of an actuarial study conducted by the FAIR Plan, …

Hub International Acquires Illinois-Based Columbian Agency

Insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired operations assets of the Columbian Agency (Columbian), based in New Lenox, Ill. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Columbian operations specialize in providing commercial lines insurance and surety bond solutions for the …

Report: Lawsuit Settlements Reach $34M for Small Group of Chicago Cops

A group of 124 Chicago police officers has cost the city $34 million in misconduct settlements since 2009, according to a newspaper report. While the officers represent a fraction of the police force’s roughly 12,000 officers, they are identified in …

For 1st Time in Months Midwest Economic Forecast Figures Rise

January results from a survey of supply managers in nine states in the Midwest and Plains suggest some improvement in the regional economy, but the conditions apparently didn’t engender much optimism from those surveyed, according to a report released on …

Wisconsin Packaging Company Fined $83K for Multiple Safety Hazards

A custom packaging company in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has been cited by federal safety officials for multiple workplace safety hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Services Plus Inc., a Green Bay packaging company, …

Health Insurers in Kansas Support Network-Only Plan Proposal

Insurance providers have asked Kansas lawmakers to approve a measure that would allow them to offer health plans requiring customers to only use the insurers’ network. The plans are called Exclusive Provider Organization, or EPOs. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the …

Kansas City Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson-for-Insurance Charges

A Kansas City woman has admitted to helping to burn down one home and plotting to burn another for insurance money. The U.S. attorney’s office says 35-year-old Tina Shonk pleaded guilty to two federal counts. Through her plea, she admitted …

3 Female Chauffeurs Awarded $130K Each in Minnesota Discrimination Case

A federal judge has awarded damages to three Minnesota women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers. U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen awarded $130,000 each to Gretchen Cooper, Barbara …

Iowa Appeals Court: Farmer May Sue Pipeline Company for Crop Damage

An appeals court said that a northeastern Iowa farmer may pursue a breach of contract lawsuit against a natural gas pipeline company and seek damages for decreased crop productivity on the ground above the pipeline. Roger Tiemessen rents land from …

Confusion over Insuring Crop that Produces Jet Fuel Cleared Up

The federal government has finalized procedures to insure a new crop that’s being grown to produce jet fuel. Farmers in North Dakota last year planted 6,000 acres of the mustard seed variety known as carinata, but insurance agents were unclear …

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