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Lindley-Myers Appointed as Head of Missouri Insurance Department

Gov. Eric Greitens has chosen Chlora Lindley-Myers to lead the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration. Lindley-Myers currently serves as deputy commissioner at the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. If her appointment is approved by the Missouri …

Orndorff Tapped to Lead IMA’s Operations in Wichita

Kyle Orndorff has been promoted to lead insurance broker in IMA Inc.’s Wichita, Kan., operations. He will oversee a team of nearly 200 employees and manage IMA’s service to clients in the greater Kansas area. Formerly chief people officer for the …

Western Michigan Public Safety Chief Resigns Over Insurance Fraud Charge

A top public safety official in western Michigan has resigned while he faces a health insurance fraud charge. Greenville City Manager George Bosanic says Mark Reiss resigned on Feb. 13 as director of public safety. WZZM-TV reports Reiss had served …

Wisconsin, Minnesota AGs Combine Efforts in Painkiller Abuse Battle

Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming up to tackle prescription painkiller abuse. The attorneys general from both states met at the Minnesota Capitol Monday to discuss their “Dose of Reality” campaign. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says prescription opioid deaths now …

Michigan Beverage Plant Ammonia Leak Hospitalizes Worker

An ammonia leak at a Detroit, Mich.-area beverage plant has left one worker hospitalized. A contractor struck an ammonia line at Sundance Beverage in Warren on Monday morning, causing a break that forced the building’s evacuation. The Macomb Daily reports …

Driver Course in Illinois Offers Help for Teens With Attention Disorder

Chicago, Ill.-area students with attention deficit disorder are getting special attention when they learn to drive. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported a Chicago-based group called Behind the Wheel with ADHD is training driving instructors, including those at Lombard-based Top …

Wisconsin Police Officers Targeting Aggressive Drivers

Police across Wisconsin have ramped up efforts to stop aggressive driving by writing more speeding tickets. The strategy is appearing to work, as citations increased nearly 7 percent in 2015, to more than 172,000, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Before …

Drones Being Tested in Minnesota to Conduct Safety Inspections on Bridges

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state’s bridges are holding up. The drone allows inspectors not only …

Fighting Massive 2016 Wildfire Cost Kansas County $1.5M

Firefighting costs hit $1.5 million in the county hardest hit by a massive wildfire along the Kansas-Oklahoma border last year. Jerry McNamar, emergency management director for Kansas’ Barber County, said he’s optimistic that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay …

South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Insurer Tax Credit Disclosure

South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that was meant to increase transparency in the state’s school choice scholarship program. The bill, voted down 9-6 in the House Education Committee, would have required insurance companies to disclose how much money …

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