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Illinois Landlord Faces Life Sentence in Alleged Arson-for-Insurance Deaths

A suburban Chicago, Ill., landlord was found guilty in the deaths of seven people for a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment building fire that prosecutors said was set for insurance money. Lawrence Myers, 64, was found guilty of seven counts of …

Michigan Court: Agents May Not Be ‘Professionals’ Under Malpractice Definition

Is an insurance agent a “professional” when it comes to whether or not he or she may be charged with malpractice? Not necessarily, a Michigan state appeals court has said. The Michigan Court of Appeals made that determination in a …

Hlasney Named Director, of Lockton Health Risk Solutions in Kansas City

Todd Hlasney has been promoted to director of Lockton Health Risk Solutions for Lockton’s Kansas City benefits operation. Hlasney joined Lockton in 2013 as a Health Risk Solutions consultant, partnering with client leaders and Lockton account teams to establish the cultural, financial, and operational …

Bus Inspection Problems Plague Michigan’s Small, Rural School Districts

Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

5 Ohio Universities Get Bomb Dogs

Five more universities around Ohio are receiving bomb-sniffing dogs as officials expand a state program that makes more of those canines available for safety needs on and off campuses. The University of Toledo, Kent State University, Ohio University and Central …

South-Central Kansas Rattled by More Quakes

Four more earthquakes were reported in south-central Kansas during the weekend. No serious injuries or damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the largest quake was a 3.8-magnitude earthquake that was centered northwest of Anthony in Harper County early …

Missouri-Based Cameron Mutual Names Lindquist CFO/Treasurer

Cameron, Mo.-based Cameron Mutual Insurance Co. has appointed Peter A. Lindquist as chief financial officer/treasurer. Lindquist, a CPA who holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, comes to Cameron Mutual from Monitor Liability Managers LLC, in Rolling Meadows, Ill., …

Trees Promoted to VP, Infrastructure at Amerisure Mutual

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. has promoted Jeffrey Trees to vice president of Infrastructure. Trees will continue to be based in Farmington Hills, Mich. and report to Shawn O’Rourke, chief technology officer with Amerisure. In Trees’ new role, he is responsible …

Kansas Agents See Increased Demand for Earthquake Insurance

Kansas insurance agencies say they’ve been flooded with queries about earthquake coverage after the 4.8 magnitude temblor on Nov. 12. “We have been getting calls all day,” Matt Woodall, who works at a Wichita insurance office, said a day after …

Car-Deer Collisions Down Slightly in Illinois in 2013

Collisions between cars and deer in Illinois were down in 2013 compared to 2012 — though not by much. Figures released Nov. 12 show a 1 percent decline in numbers of cars hitting deer in 2013 compared to 2012. There …

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