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Bird Flu Cuts Supplies to Minnesota Turkey Litter Power Plant

A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest’s poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they’re confident they can keep it …

Safety Officials Fine Illinois Auto Parts Company $114K

A Peoria, Ill., auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations that the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it …

Former Joplin Master Developer Owes City $1.4M: Judge

A Jasper County judge has entered a $1.4 million default judgment against a master development firm hired to help Joplin, Mo., recover from the May 2011 tornado. Jasper County Judge Gayle Crane granted the financial award against Wallace Bajjali Development …

Outlooks for American Agricultural Insurance Positive

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of American Agricultural Insurance Co. (AAIC) of Indianapolis, Ind. The revision of the outlooks to positive reflects …

Nebraska Insurance Agency Loses Round But Fight Continues

A judge has ordered a defunct Nebraska insurance firm to pay Florida regulators at least $2.2 million, but this week’s ruling isn’t likely to settle the case that began in 1998. The Nebraska Supreme Court has already ruled on aspects …

Fire Causes $500K in Damage to 500 Festival Parade Float

A fire at an Indianapolis warehouse where floats are stored for the 500 Festival Parade has heavily damaged one of those floats. Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Reith says a fire on the city’s south side caused an estimated $500,000 …

Missouri Woman Awarded $77M in Wells Fargo Case

A Missouri jury has awarded a woman $77 million in damages in a lawsuit alleging Wells Fargo Bank mismanaged her family trusts, costing her tens of millions of dollars. The St. Louis County jury, after a trial of more than …

Michigan, Enbridge Reach Deal over 2010 Oil Spill

A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan, state officials said. …

South Dakota Tornado Damaged 84 Structures

Officials have confirmed damage to 84 structures from the tornado that ripped through the southeastern South Dakota town of Delmont on May 10. State Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan says six of the structures were in rural areas in Douglas …

Ohio Manufacturer Faces $134K in Fines for Safety Violations

A federal agency says a central Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer accused of 11 worker safety violations is facing proposed penalties of $134,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Bellefontaine, puts workers at risk of serious injuries …

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