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Makers of Sanitary Wipes Sued by Minnesota City over Clogged Pipes

A Minnesota city is suing six makers of sanitary wipes, saying their “so-called flushable wipes” are clogging sewer systems. According to the Star Tribune, the lawsuit from the city of Wyoming says flushable wipes stay intact long enough to pass …

Grove Named Sr. VP- Business Development at Safety National

St. Louis, Mo.-based Safety National Casualty Corp. has appointed Tom Grove to the position of senior vice president – business development. In his new role, Grove is responsible for leading Safety National’s business development, broker relations and sales functions. Grove …

Change to Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Requires $100 Premium Cut

The Republican-led House will consider legislation that would cut auto insurance premiums in Michigan by $100 annually for two years and no longer let health providers charge car insurers much more to treat injured motorists than health plans are billed. …

Dismantle of Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Fails in Senate

Governance of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange could be in for a change, but MNsure won’t go away entirely. The Democratic-led Minnesota Senate defeated GOP attempts to dismantle MNsure. Several MNsure-related amendments to a budget bill debated failed on party-line votes. …

Michigan Bill Would Limit Liability of Private Air Strip Owners

Horse owners and private air strip operators in Michigan would be exempt from liability in certain cases where people are injured under two bills that have moved through the Republican-controlled House. One bill, passed by a 79-31 vote, would add …

Parents of Missouri Teen Killed by Police Sue City of Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., was sued by the family of an unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a police officer triggered nationwide protests, while subsequent deaths at the hands of police fueled a national debate about how law enforcement treats minorities. …

Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest

Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

Missouri Bill with Medical Malpractice Caps Sent to Governor

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

Minnesota Manufacturers Relying on Robots Amid Worker Shortage

A growing number of Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots amid a shortage of skilled workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports small companies are following the lead of larger manufacturers. Bob Kill, president and CEO of consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, …

Amerisure Makes Field Marketing & Underwriting Appointments

Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co., based in Farmington Hills, Mich., appointed Mark Gromek regional vice president and promoted Laura A. Irwin to director of Field Marketing & Underwriting (FMU) Service and Support. Gromek, based in Atlanta, and Irwin, based in Farmington …

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