Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:12:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Crop Insurance Options Extended in North Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339077.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:34:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339077 U.S. Agriculture Department has announced new supplemental coverage for North Dakota crops through the federal crop insurance program. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said the department’s Supplemental Coverage Option will include corn and barley for all North Dakota counties in the …

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Blast at BP Refinery in Indiana Sparks Fire, Shakes Homes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339072.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:32:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339072 An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Indiana rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn’t cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said. The explosion at …

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‘Cops’ Film Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police Bullet http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339059.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:23:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339059 When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. In the chaotic scene that …

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Assured Neace Lukens Hires Seager to Support Midwest Clients http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/29/339056.htm Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:15:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339056 Louisville, Ky.-based Assured Neace Lukens hired Cary Seager as Health & Productivity manager. In her new role, Seager will support Assured Neace Lukens clients in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind., markets with customized and results-oriented health …

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Gov. Pat Quinn: No Speed Increase on Illinois Interstates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/28/338971.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:49:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338971 Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The Legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of law …

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Indiana Town Reaches Settlement in Taser Shock Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/28/338969.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338969 The southern Indiana tourist town of Nashville has reached a settlement with a Michigan man who accused a deputy marshal of shocking him with a Taser gun while he was having a seizure. The Herald-Times reports the terms of the …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Russell to Accounting Supervisor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/28/338960.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:43:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338960 Portage, Mich.-based property/casualty MGA and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Crystal Russell to accounting operations supervisor. Russell is responsible for payment and account reconciliation of company accounts and assisting the treasurer with the preparation of monthly financial statements.  …

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Missouri Regulators Assisting Ferguson Businesses with Property Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/27/338818.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:29:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338818 Representatives from the Missouri Department of Insurance headed to Ferguson on Aug. 27 to assist businesses that experienced damage during recent protests with filing insurance claims and to answer questions about the claims process. The department said it is encouraging …

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State Says Old Mines to Blame for Sagging SE Ohio Highway http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/27/338748.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:33:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338748 State transportation officials believe a section of a main highway in southeast Ohio is sagging because of abandoned coal mine space beneath the road, and they are trying to pinpoint the problem areas that might need to be filled. Officials …

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Illinois Rideshare Bills Vetoed; Insurance Groups Urge Override http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/27/338672.htm Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:23:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338672 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Quinn said he vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill,” because it would …

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Indiana Supreme Court Affirms Importance of Reading Policy http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338662.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:25:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338662 Failure to procure insurance claims of agent malpractice typically involve agent conduct where the agent makes a promise of future activity and not representations about existing provisions related to actual coverages or limits in the issued policy. In the former …

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Officials: Fewer Deaths on Missouri Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338622.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:41:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338622 Traffic deaths on Missouri roads have been on a downward trend for nearly 10 years, and a highway patrol spokesman said the declining numbers are likely due to several factors that include education and road improvements. The number of traffic …

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Freiman Joins Risk International as Senior Consultant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338613.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338613 Risk International, based in Fairlawn, Ohio, announced that Mark Freiman has joined the outsourced risk management provider as a senior consultant. He will contribute his nearly 20 years of group benefits consulting experiences to the company’s newly launched Benefits Advisory Services. Freiman served …

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Post-Floods, Detroit Residents Shop for Appliances, Supplies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338602.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:23:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338602 Detroit-area residents are shopping for appliances and home-repair supplies in droves after recent flooding damaged houses and the property inside. The Detroit News reports thousands of shoppers visited big-box appliance stores and local retailers over the weekend to purchase everything …

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Appeals Court Says Ohio County Could Be Liable for Fatal Wreck http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338523.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:31:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338523 An appeals court says a northeastern Ohio county could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair. At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural …

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Torrential Rains Bring Floods, Fires to Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338519.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:29:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338519 Residents in central and northern Indiana battled fire and water after torrential rains overnight caused widespread flooding on Aug. 22. Firefighters in northeastern Indiana were cut off from a blaze at an auto repair shop by three to five feet …

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Missouri Volunteer Firefighter Gets 20 Years for Arson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338511.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:26:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338511 A volunteer firefighter from eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year. Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby was sentenced for setting four fires in occupied buildings last year in Lincoln County, although …

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Michigan Businessmen Sue Enbridge over 2010 Oil Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/25/338509.htm Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:25:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338509 A trial is underway in a lawsuit brought by two men who say a 2010 Michigan oil spill destroyed their business. Charles Blakeman Jr. of Bellevue and Robert Patterson of Mason say they were prevented from guiding disabled veterans on …

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NFP Acquires Cincinnati, Ohio-Based Benefit Resources http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338426.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:38:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338426 National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP), a provider of benefits, property/casualty and life insurance, and wealth management services, announced it has acquired Benefit Resources Inc., a Cincinnati-based insurance consulting and brokerage firm that has been a member of NFP’s Benefits Partners …

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Michigan Renters to Split $500K Settlement in Harassment Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338422.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:36:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338422 At least 13 women will share a more than $500,000 settlement after a federal lawsuit said a Grand Rapids, Mich., apartment manager sexually harassed tenants. A judge approved the settlement with the entities that own and operate Alger Meadows Apartments …

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Robber Shoots Employee at Missouri Insurance Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338420.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:33:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338420 Police in Independence, Mo., are looking for a man who shot an employee while robbing an insurance office. Police spokesman Tom Gentry says the shooting occurred in the afternoon on Aug. 20 at the Dingeldein Insurance Group building. He says …

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J.M. Wilson Adds Barney as Transportation Underwriter in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/22/338324.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:38:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338324 Wholesale insurance provider J.M. Wilson has hired Erika Barney in its Arlington Heights, Ill., office as a transportation underwriter. Barney will be responsible for quoting new and renewal bobtail and transportation risks for Illinois agents. In addition, she will service new …

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Meadowbrook Insurance Eyes Modest Growth in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/21/338342.htm Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:18:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338342 After two years of siphoning off unprofitable business, tightening underwriting and raising rates, Meadowbrook Insurance Group is looking forward to growing again, according to the company’s upper management. Even before ratings agency A.M. Best downgraded the Southfield, Mich.-based property/casualty insurer …

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Flood Control Plan for North Dakota’s Souris River Valley in Limbo http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/21/338318.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:29:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338318 Plans for an $823 million flood control project for the Souris River Valley in North Dakota are in limbo due to federal policy changes and disagreements in Congress. Corps of Engineers officials are studying new rules that impact changes to …

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Medical Director at North Dakota’s Workers’ Comp Agency Resigns http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/21/338315.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:26:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338315 The medical director at North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency has resigned. KXMB-TV reports that Luis Vilella stepped down on Aug. 15 after eight years with Workforce Safety and Insurance. Vilella has complained in the past that his medical opinions take a …

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Focus Is on Teens in Missouri Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/21/338312.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:22:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338312 Stressing the financial consequences resulting from an auto accident, the Missouri Department of Insurance is focusing on distracted driving and teens in its latest safety campaign. The department’s MO Eyes on the Road campaign PSA features a teen whose insurance rates …

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J.M. Wilson Hires Mauk as Transportation Underwriter in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/20/338261.htm Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:36:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338261 J.M. Wilson has added Josh Mauk as a transportation underwriter in its Carmel, Ind., office. Mauk is responsible for quoting new and renewal trucking, non-trucking, business auto and public auto risks for Indiana agents. Mauk graduated from Olivet College in …

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Torrential Rains Leave Flooded Homes, Injuries in North Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/20/338234.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:56:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338234 Torrential rains led to weekend flooding in parts of North Dakota, inundating or threatening more than a dozen homes in the west and causing at least two injuries in the east. Many areas of the state got several inches of …

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Workplace Penalties Mounting Up for Illinois Roofing Contractor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/20/338230.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:49:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338230 Roofing contractor Juan Manuel Antonio-Martinez has been cited for three willful safety violations for exposing workers to fall hazards at two separate residential home sites in Savoy, Ill., on March 26, 2014, and April 9, 2014. The U.S. Department of …

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Johnston Joins J.M. Wilson as Assistant Underwriter in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/20/338216.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:25:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338216 Managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M., Wilson has added Samantha Johnston as assistant property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. Johnston began at J.M. Wilson as a property/casualty intern in May 2014. Prior to that, she worked at …

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