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Kansas Residents Fighting Against Saltwater Injection Wells

Kansas residents are broadening the fight over an oil-related waste disposal well in the Flint Hills into a protest of similar wells across several counties. Residents of Chase, Morris and other counties known for open pastures and tallgrass ecology lost …

Delay in Reporting Defect Leads to $1.9M in Penalties for Spectrum Brands

A Wisconsin-based consumer products company has been ordered to pay $1.9 million in civil penalties for waiting to report a defect in coffee carafes, which resulted in injuries to nearly 70 people, and for continuing to sell them after they …

Iowa Officials Seek Federal Approval of Levee Repair Plan

Officials in western Iowa are worried that $50 million in levee repairs won’t be completed quickly enough to avoid having an area deemed a flood zone, which would require costly insurance coverage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to …

Judge Awards $120M in Damages Against Missouri Ex-Doctor, Scoutmaster

A former physician and Boy Scout leader from Missouri has been ordered to pay $120 million to a boy who he sexually abused for years. The Kansas City Star reports a Jackson County judge awarded the damages in a civil …

Dakotas High on List of States with Most Deer-Vehicle Collisions

Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in the Dakotas than in most other states. State Farm has released its annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and …

More than 1M Chickens Killed in Indiana Fire

An official says more than a million chickens died in a fire that destroyed several large barns at a northern Indiana egg-producing facility. Crews responded late on Oct. 2 to the fire at Hi-Grade Egg Producers near the Wabash County …

USI Insurance Services Hires Cunningham, Hyer in Ohio

Insurance brokerage and consulting firm, USI Insurance Services (USI), has added Michael Cunningham and Brent Hyer in its Independence, Ohio, office. Cunningham joins USI as an employee benefits consultant. Previously, he was an account executive with Liazon, a private benefits …

Alera Group Acquires Illinois, Wisconsin Agencies

Deerfield, Illinois-based Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Axis Benefit Consultants in Westmont, Illinois, and Jeatran Associates in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Alera also has acquired an agency in California and one in …

Family of Slain Detroit-Area Police Informant Agrees to $1M Settlement

A Michigan county has agreed to pay $1.07 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a woman who was killed and dismembered after a Detroit-area police officer exposed her as an informant in a drug bust. Details …

Ohio Insurance Director Froment Recognized for Insurance Reforms

American Fraternal Alliance has honored Ohio Insurance Director Jillian Froment with its Outstanding Policymaker Award in recognition of her leadership in implementing reforms that provide additional consumer protections for Ohio consumers. The American Fraternal Alliance represents more than 60 not-for-profit …

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