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Record Snowfalls in Michigan Bring Threat of Flooding

A spring storm shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint, Mich., as melting snow and rising rivers from heavy rain threatened homes on April 15 in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The snow came after a weather roller coaster Monday, with …

More State Aid Sought for Flood Control in Minot, North Dakota

Officials in the Minot, N.D., area say more state aid will be needed for an $820 million flood protection project for the Souris River Basin unless federal funds materialize. The State Water Commission developed the flood protection plan for the …

Unlicensed Ohio Company Told to Stop Selling Insurance Product

Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor ordered an unlicensed insurance entity, My Community Care LLC, and its owner Tannile Ortiz to stop selling what the insurance department says is an unlawful product in the state of …

Couch, Leung Named to Leadership Posts at Missouri Insurance Department

The Missouri Department of Insurance appointed two veteran regulators to key leadership posts. Carrie Couch has been named the acting director of the Consumer Affairs Division and William Leung has joined the Division of Insurance Company Regulation as the life …

Ridesharing Bill with Insurance Component OK’d by Illinois House

Legislation creating rules for unregulated rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar is moving through the Illinois Legislature. House lawmakers voted to put regulations on commercial ridesharing with an 80-26 vote. Under HB 4075, all drivers would be required …

Nebraska Store Manager Who Was Shot to Get Workers’ Comp Benefits

An Omaha, Neb., clothing store manager shot up to nine times in an act of revenge for reporting an earlier robbery is entitled to compensation for drug and alcohol rehab and treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome following the shooting. The …

Officials: Squirrel Causes $300K in Damage to Indiana Community Center

Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne, Ind., community center set to open in June. Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park, causing …

State Farm CEO: Headquarters Not Moving from Bloomington

State Farm Insurance Co. CEO Ed Rust Jr. says the company’s plans to expand in Arizona, Texas and Georgia will not affect the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington Rust told a crowd at Illinois …

Use of Cellphone Tracking Device in Michigan County Questioned

Oakland County commissioners asked no questions last March before unanimously approving a cellphone tracking device so powerful it was used by the military to fight terrorists. Now, though, some privacy advocates question why one of the safest counties in Michigan …

Ohio Fracking Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

A couple who sued to try to stop shale gas drilling around a state-owned lake in eastern Ohio won an early victory this week as a judge ruled their lawsuit can proceed. The Franklin County judge ruled that the Guernsey …

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