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20-Foot Drone Being Tested in North Dakota for Post-Disaster Use

A 20-foot-long drone that was brought to North Dakota to test precision agriculture methods is now part of a trial run to see if can help crews restore power to areas hit by natural disasters. The Israeli-manufactured Elbit Systems Hermes …

Stoneburner to Retire; Spray to Lead Commercial Lines at Cincinnati Insurance

Cincinnati Financial Corp. announced that Charles P. (Bud) Stoneburner II, senior vice president – commercial lines for its lead subsidiary, Cincinnati Insurance Co., will retire within the next six months. Upon his retirement, Stephen M. Spray, senior vice president, head the …

McKenna Named CFO at The Plexus Groupe

The Plexus Groupe LLC, a national insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm based in Deer Park, Ill., has hired Matthew McKenna as chief financial officer. McKenna was most recently the CFO at Chicago-based OmniVere LLC, a large integrated discovery …

Number of Iowa Drivers Penalized for Passing Stopped School Buses Declines

Fewer drivers are receiving the tough penalties Iowa lawmakers approved in 2012 for illegally passing school buses when they are stopped. The Des Moines Register reports that the number of people charged with violating the school bus law has declined, …

Conyers Appointed Assistant VP, Distribution at CNA

Property/casualty insurance company, CNA, has appointed Shay Conyers to assistant vice president of distribution. Based in Chicago, he reports to Rocco Orlando, senior vice president, sales and distribution He has 16 years of industry experience and joined CNA in 2012 …

Ohio-Based Hylant Names Miller Executive Risk Practice Leader

Insurance brokerage Hylant, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, has promoted Doug Miller to vice president, Executive Risk Practice leader. He assumes the Executive Risk Practice group leadership from Jim Lash, who was recently named president of the Cincinnati office. Miller brings …

County in Nebraska Seeks Insurance Coverage in Wrong Conviction Case

Nebraska’s Gage County has hired a legal firm to examine insurance coverage in a recent ruling involving six people who were wrongly convicted of the 1985 rape and homicide of a Beatrice woman. Gage County Board of Supervisors Chairman Myron …

Tornado Causes Property Damage in Michigan but No Injuries or Deaths

A storm that appeared to spawn at least one tornado slammed parts of western Michigan on Saturday, causing extensive damage but no injuries or loss of life, authorities said. State Police spokesman Dale Hinz said damage from the storm stretched …

Wal-Mart to Pay $90K to Settle Disability Lawsuit

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay a former, long-term employee at a Wal-Mart location in Illinois, $90,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). EEOC’s lawsuit charged Wal-Mart with violating federal discrimination law when …

Nebraska Doctor Opens Membership-Based, Insurance-Free Practice

Dr. Todd Johnson of Lincoln is a modern-day pioneer, starting the first membership-based, insurance-free medical practice in Nebraska. Access Family Medicine opened in mid-July and provides what is called direct primary care, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. His patients pay …

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