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MJ Insurance Adds Parker, Slusser to Risk Management Team in Indianapolis

Indiana-based MJ Insurance, has welcomed two new additions to the risk management department in its Indianapolis headquarters, Aaron Parker and Jon Slusser. Parker joins the MJ team as a client executive, responsible for the overall client experience — creating and …

Report: 90% of Firefighters in Kansas Are Underfunded Volunteers

Volunteer firefighters, who make up 90 percent of the firefighters in Kansas, are seeking additional funding. Kansas spends about $300,000 at the state level on firefighting, less than almost any other state, the Wichita Eagle reported. This resulted in local …

Iowa’s Grinnell Mutual Launches National Reinsurance Unit

Grinnell Re, a division of Grinnell, Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual, has launched a new team, National Reinsurance. Rick Tjarks, assistant vice president, and Randy Dammeyer, senior account executive, have been chosen to lead the new National Reinsurance team. The newly formed …

Wisconsin Company Resolves Federal Wellness, Retaliation Case for $100K

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported it has resolved a lawsuit against Orion Energy Systems, a Manitowoc, Wis., lighting company. The EEOC had challenged the company’s wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and alleged that …

Jury Awards $350K to Mother of Teen Killed by Chicago Police

The mother of a black teenager killed by Chicago police in July 2013 has been awarded $350,000. The Chicago Tribune reports that a jury awarded the damages after finding that the shooting of 17-year-old Christian Green was unjustified. Attorney Victor …

Number of Indiana Deer-Vehicle Collisions Down in 2016

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the number of deer struck by motor vehicles in the state fell last year. The number of deer harvested in 2016 fell as well. The agency says deer-vehicle collisions across Indiana numbered more …

Teen Charged in Fire that Destroyed Iconic Madison County Covered Bridge

Officials say a West Des Moines teenager has been charged with first-degree arson in a fire that destroyed an iconic covered bridge featured in the best-selling novel “The Bridges of Madison County.” Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the …

Michigan Supreme Court Tosses Suit over Icy Slip-and-Fall

A traumatic fall in a dark, icy parking lot wasn’t enough to sway the Michigan Supreme Court. The justices last week reversed a decision by the state appeals court and said the conditions should have been “open and obvious” to …

Noecker Joins Worldwide Facilities Lawyers Professional Team in Chicago

National wholesale insurance brokerage and managing general agent, Worldwide Facilities, has hired Kirsten Noecker as an internal broker in its lawyers professional unit. She is based in Chicago. In this position, Noecker will focus on both placement of coverage and …

Critics: DuPont Spent More on Legal Fees than Chemical Tests in Teflon Case

Critics say DuPont has spent too little on testing Ohio and West Virginia residents for contamination from a chemical used to make Teflon, while paying millions to a lawyer overseeing the testing program. The Columbus Dispatch DuPont spent about $860,000 …

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