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Michigan Orders Former Agent to Stop Selling Fake Auto Insurance Certificates

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has ordered a Farmington man to stop selling fraudulent automobile insurance certificates through his company, SBS Agency. DIFS issued cease and desist order to Terrell Lee Smith also known as “Sam.” Smith …

Lightning-Damaged ‘Hair Curlers’ Sculpture Back in Kansas City Skyline

A lightning-damaged sculpture is again a fixture of the Kansas City skyline after undergoing repairs paid for by insurance. Designed by New York artist R.M. Fischer, their official name is the Sky Station sculptures, although locals call them the “hair …

Rockhill Insurance Group Names Abney, Upton to Leadership Positions

Rockhill Insurance Group, a member of Columbus, Ohio-based State Auto Insurance Group, has tapped Jack Abney to lead its environmental underwriting unit as vice president – environmental. Rockhill also announced it has named Tracy Upton to lead its new E&S …

Following Flint Tainted-Water Crisis, Michigan Slow to Enact Policy Reforms

In the year since Flint’s man-made drinking water crisis exploded and was exposed primarily as a failure of state government, Michigan has allocated $234 million toward the public health emergency that exposed children to lead and has been linked to …

Ohio Etching Plant Fined $256K for Workplace Safety Violations

Federal safety inspectors are recommending that a Cleveland, Ohio, etching company face $256,000 in penalties for safety and health violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration posted an imminent danger notice at A-Brite Plating in April after learning a 40-year-old …

Pain Care Lobby Gave $3.5M in Ohio Political Donations as Opioid Deaths Climbed

As Ohio’s overdose epidemic has climbed toward a record high, an army of lobbyists representing makers of prescription painkillers and their allies poured more than $3.5 million into Ohio political coffers. Pharmaceutical companies and allied groups belonging to the Pain …

Larson Joins CNA from Chubb, Named Sr. VP – Financial Institutions, Management Liability

Chicago-based CNA has appointed Paul Larson to senior vice president, Financial Institutions and Management Liability, effective Oct. 3. He will be responsible for driving strategy and profitable growth for both of these high-performing areas. Larson joins CNA with more than 24 …

Ohio Ex-Inmate Wins $3M after State Failed to File Answer to Lawsuit

A former inmate has won $3 million in a lawsuit against an Ohio prison after the state failed to file an answer for several years. John Henricks, 59, of Fulton County, had sued now-retired Dr. Ida Gonzalez and the Pickaway …

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Loosen Gun Laws

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has used its supermajority to significantly loosen the state’s gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry …

Minnesotans on Employer Health Insurance Plans See Modest Rate Hikes

The majority of Minnesota residents aren’t experiencing the hefty health insurance rate hikes that shoppers who buy their coverage individually will see, according to data released by the federal government. More than half of Minnesota residents are covered by employer …

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