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New Michigan Law Lets Uninsured Drivers Do Community Service

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law allowing drivers who owe extra “responsibility” fees for certain offenses to do 10 hours of community service instead. The option would apply for drivers assessed $400 in fines over two years for not …

Number of Carriers in Missouri’s Health Insurance Marketplace to Double

Missouri could have twice as many health insurers participating next year in a federally run website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says eight insurers plan to offer policies for 2015 on Missouri’s health insurance exchange. Four offered …

Willis North America Adds Bur as Producer, VP in Kansas

Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Kevin Bur as producer and vice president at Willis of Greater Kansas Inc. Bur will be responsible for business development within …

Almost 15K Vehicles Stopped During Crackdown in Michigan

Michigan law enforcement agencies stopped nearly 15,000 vehicles and arrested 169 suspected drunken drivers as part of a late-summer crackdown. The state announced that officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and Michigan State Police posts also issued more …

Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Cost County $4.2M

The unrest in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer has cost St. Louis County more than $4 million. The county’s chief operating officer, Garry Earls, told KMOV-TV that $2.6 million …

Kansas Company Hit with $134K in Penalties for Safety Violations

Federal safety officials have proposed fining a Kansas-based company nearly $134,000 for what the officials say were welding safety violations in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that it has cited Watco Cos. …

Oil Producers Resist Wholesale Safety Overhaul in North Dakota

North Dakota oil producers told the state’s energy regulators that existing field practices used to prepare Bakken crude for rail transport are safe and that tougher rules could do more harm than good. The comments, at a special hearing of …

Ohio Utility Hopes to Deter Metal Thieves with New Fencing, Cameras

A major electricity provider in northeast Ohio is installing special security fencing and thermal-imaging cameras at some substations to keep out would-be metal thieves. Akron-based FirstEnergy is spending $15 million this year on such efforts to strength security at substations …

Deere Mulling Options for Crop Insurance Business

Deere & Company, based in Moline, Ill., announced it is reviewing strategic options for its crop insurance business, which underwrites policies through John Deere Insurance Co., a business unit within John Deere Financial. Deere said no formal decisions have been …

Taiym Joins Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings as CIO

Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has hired Said Taiym as chief information officer. Taiym joins the holding company’s executive team and will be responsible for overseeing information technology solutions across the enterprise. Taiym brings 15 years of experience in technology …

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