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Ohio Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Dropped

Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit linking the illnesses to Whirlpool Corp.’s washing machine factory. The families asked this past week to drop the suit although the …

Only 3 Days Jail Time for Kansas Man’s 10th Drunk Driving Conviction

A Kansas man convicted for the 10th time for drunken driving has been sentenced to jail, but only for three days. The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth County District Court Judge Gunnar Sunby sentenced 57-year-old Lloyd Henson of Kansas …

Kansas Commune Leader Found Guilty in Murder-for-Insurance Case

A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members has been convicted of premeditated murder in the 2003 drowning death of a female member. Daniel Perez, 55, also was found …

Mutual Insurers Group Names Minnesota’s Sen. Metzen Legislator of Year

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies has presented its State Legislator of the Year Award to Minnesota state Sen. James Metzen. NAMIC said it honored Metzen for his support of free-market principles and taking strong positions to improve the …

Proposal Would Offer Wisconsin State Workers $2K to Opt out of Health Coverage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing that state employees be offered $2,000 a year to opt out of state health insurance coverage. A state-commissioned study by Deloitte Consulting says the incentive could generate $18 million in savings if enough employees …

Associated Banc-Corp Completes Purchase of Ahmann & Martin Co.

Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Banc-Corp reported it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through a merger with and into Associated’s subsidiary, Associated Financial Group LLC. Associated Financial Group …

J.M. Wilson Promotes Tobolic to P/C Underwriter in Michigan

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

Minnesota Auditor: MNsure’s ‘Failures Outweighed its Achievements’

A lack of adequate testing before the Minnesota’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released on Feb. 17. The long-awaited, …

Problem of Metal Theft Focus of Illinois House Bill

A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings …

Motorcycle Safety Bill Proposed in Illinois

An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver’s education courses. The proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City would amend the driver’s education act in the Illinois School Code to require that all …

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