Midwest News

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 …

Kansas City Medical Center to Stop Refusing Health Insurance for Crash Injuries

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City has agreed to stop rejecting health insurance for some patients injured in auto accidents in order to collect more money from other sources, according to court records. The agreement, which still must be approved …

Cost of Fire at Milwaukee Courthouse Totals $19.1M

Milwaukee County officials say the final cost of a July 2013 electrical fire at the county courthouse is $19.1 million. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the county’s director of administrative services said there has been a final settlement of insurance …

Bealhen Promoted to VP, Field Operations at United Heartland

United Heartland has promoted Justin Bealhen to vice president of field operations. Bealhen began his career with United Heartland in 2000 and has served as a senior underwriter and regional underwriting manager. Most recently, he was regional director of operations, responsible for …

Conklin Named Ohio Insurance Department Legislative Liaison

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has named Allison Conklin as the Department’s legislative liaison. Conklin will work in the Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs Division. Conklin’s duties will include interfacing with legislators, government agencies and other …

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