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North Dakota Governor Seeks Federal Help Amid Severe Drought

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is “the epicenter of drought for the nation” because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement that his request to President Donald Trump would …

Duncan Named Chief Information Officer of Missouri-Based Columbia Insurance

Columbia Insurance Group has named Doug Duncan vice president and chief information officer. Duncan is located in the company’s home office in Columbia, Mo. is responsible for directing the information technology department in all matters of system design, integration and …

Farmers Are Eligible for Flood Loans in 14 Michigan Counties

Farmers and ranchers in 14 Michigan counties are eligible for emergency loans due to widespread damage amid severe storms and flash flooding in June. The update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes after President Donald Trump last week made …

Hail Storm Brings Boom for Some Iowa Businesses, Insurance Agents

A severe June 30 hail storm that struck Sioux City, Iowa has become big business for certain sectors of the local economy and drawn interest from outside contractors. The Sioux City Journal reported that auto body shops, insurance agencies, roofing …

Kansas Insurance Regulator Appoints Treasurer in His Bid for Governor

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has appointed a treasurer for a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor next year. Selzer filed the form last week with the secretary of state’s office. Appointing a treasurer allows him to legally accept …

Instructor Files Suit Against Wisconsin College Over Tenure Matter

An art instructor is suing Edgewood College in Wisconsin for terminating her tenure in violation of policy after she moved to Indianapolis. Agnieszka Ligendza filed the lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court. She alleges the college ended her tenure on …

Michigan Will Take Part in Public Safety Broadband Network

Michigan is opting into a national public safety broadband network. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley recently signed a letter for Michigan to participate in the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet. FirstNet, in partnership with AT&T, will build, operate and …

Michigan Facing $2B Budget Squeeze in State’s General Fund

Tax cuts, increased road construction, past economic development incentives and other factors will combine to reduce or divert state revenue by $2 billion annually in just over four years _ the equivalent of 20 percent of Michigan’s general fund account. …

University of Michigan Gets $2.5M to Study Opioid Epidemic, Other Injuries

The University of Michigan Injury Center has received $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control for research into the prevention of prescription drug overdoses, concussion, youth violence, motor vehicle crashes, sexual violence, falls and other injuries. “Injury is the …

Wisconsin Brewer Files Suit Against 2 Large Brewing Companies

A Canadian company that owns a brewery in southern Wisconsin has filed a federal lawsuit alleging antitrust violations by two of the world’s largest brewing companies. Mountain Crest says in the suit filed this week that AB InBev of Belgium …

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