Midwest News

Kansas Plans Seismic Monitoring System

An earthquake that rattled parts of Kansas and Oklahoma is the 94th earthquake reported this year in Kansas. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 12 was the strongest in Kansas this year, with most quakes recorded in south-central Kansas. The vibrations …

4.8 Mag Earthquake Shakes Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Nov. 12, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago. The quake’s epicenter was near the …

Ramge to Remain as Nebraska Insurance Director

Nebraska Gov.-Elect Pete Ricketts says he will retain Bruce Ramge as the director of Nebraska’s Department of Insurance. Ricketts announced that Ramge will remain the head of the agency, which regulates Nebraska’s insurance markets. Ramge joined the Department of Insurance …

Report: Wisconsin Judges Lenient in Sentencing Drunk Drivers

A Gannett Wisconsin Media review has found some chronic drunken drivers in Wisconsin spend little time behind bars on felony charges due to lenient sentencing. News-Herald Media reports there have been at least a dozen cases across the state where …

Former Ohio Insurance Agent Sentenced for Stealing Client Premiums

The Ohio Department of Insurance announced that former Warren insurance agent Timothy J. Mulvey has been sentenced on charges of stealing clients’ premium payments. The Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas sentenced Mulvey to five years of community control, 17 months of …

North Atlantic Hurricanes Can Have Big Impact in the Midwest

Located hundreds of miles inland from the nearest ocean, the Midwest is unaffected by North Atlantic hurricanes. Or is it? With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher and his …

Ohio Home Healthcare Firm Owner Failed to Report Employees; Owes $124K

An Ohio woman was sentenced Oct. 16 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $124,573.07 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) after operating a home healthcare agency …

Vote Bans Traffic Cameras in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio, has stopped employing traffic cameras to enforce speed and red light violations after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that effectively banned their use. More than 77 percent of voters on Nov. 4 approved an issue that said the city could enforce …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Illinois’ The Forker Co.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired The Forker Company in Arlington Heights, Ill. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 2000, The Forker Company (Forker) is a retail insurance agency that offers contract surety solutions to clients throughout the …

Alper Services Adds 5 New Hires in Chicago

Chicago-based Alper Services LLC has added five new employees to join its commercial lines, financial services, and claims management services departments. With nearly 10 years of insurance agency experience, Abby Ahern joins Alper Services as an account manager in the …

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