Midwest News

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 …

Case Before Iowa Supreme Court Pits Water Supplier Against Farmers

The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments and must now decide whether to weigh in on a federal lawsuit that pits the water supplier to 500,000 central Iowa residents against upstream farmers accused of contaminating rivers with nitrates from crop fertilizer. …

Midwest States See Gains in Health Insurance Coverage

Several Midwest states report significant drops in the number of residents without health insurance. New data shows nearly 200,000 Wisconsin residents gained some form of health insurance between 2013 and 2015. In Illinois, under the Affordable Care Act, the number …

Omaha Paying Half of Cost to Fix Residential Street

The city of Omaha, Neb., will pay half of the cost to resurface a street that contains the home of a man who sued the city over its streets policy earlier this year. The City Council voted unanimously to approve …

Cargo-Handling Firm Fined Nearly $339K for Workplace Hazards at O’Hare Airport

Federal safety workplace officials have cited a major cargo-handling company for exposing forklift operators at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to struck-by and electrical hazards, and proposed penalties of more than $338,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

Minnesota School District to Pay $50K to Resolve Pay Discrimination Case

A school district in Minnesota has agreed to pay $50,000 to a female employee and reclassify her position to resolve federal charges of equal pay discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said the Montevideo School District in Minnesota has …

Great American Insurance Promotes Cohen; Rosenthal to Retire

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Great American Insurance Group has promoted Jason M. Cohen was promoted to divisional president of Strategic Comp, succeeding Stephen Rosenthal who will retire at the end of 2016. Cohen joined Great American in 2006 as divisional vice president …

Insurance Fight Prolongs Junk Yard Pollution in Indiana City

Five years of court battles haven’t resolved the blame game between a western Indiana junk yard and one of the nation’s largest insurance companies over water pollution. Valley Forge Insurance has spent millions of dollars in an attempt to stop …

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