Insurance Journal » Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:27:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Berkley Fire & Marine Underwriters Hires O’Connell in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/18/337801.htm Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:21:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337801 Chicago, Ill.-based Berkley Fire & Marine Underwriters hired Kiley O’Connell as territory underwriting manager for the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. O’Connell is responsible for agency relationships and underwriting management for the newly …

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Underground Blasts Force Evacuations in Downtown Indianapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/15/337681.htm Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:52:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337681 A series of small underground transformer explosions rocked downtown Indianapolis on Aug. 13, sending brownish-gray smoke billowing into the streets and forcing evacuations from nearby buildings. The explosions about 1:30 p.m. outside the Circle Centre shopping and entertainment mall rattled …

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Indiana-Based Insurer WellPoint to Change Name to Anthem http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/14/337571.htm Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:35:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337571 WellPoint, one of the biggest players on the health care overhaul’s new insurance exchanges, wants to switch its corporate name back to the Anthem brand its customers know by the end of this year. The nation’s second-largest health insurer said …

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Trucking Company Seeks Limit on Suits over Indiana Highway Repair Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/23/335594.htm Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:19:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335594 A trucking company wants the state appeals court to limit the Indiana Department of Transportation’s authority to sue over damage done to state highways. The challenge is in court as the highway agency is trying to collect more from those …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

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Cost to Indiana City for Wabash River Levee Repairs Estimated at $2M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/17/335074.htm Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:22:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335074 A southwestern Indiana city will need to spend more than $2 million to repair its Wabash River flood levees, although that is much less than officials previously projected. Vincennes officials say the repairs are needed before the levees can be …

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Iroquois Group Adds Source Insurance in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334813.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334813 The Source Insurance Group & Financial Services LLC of Fishers, Ind., joined agency network The Iroquois Group on June 18. Iroquois, a network of property and casualty insurance agencies, now lists more than 2,000 member agencies in 39 states. Source: …

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Indiana Issues Few Tickets in 1st 3 Years of Texting Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/30/333316.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:41:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333316 A three-year-old law barring Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than tickets from police officers, who say the law makes it hard to prove a driver is in violation. The 2011 law was a follow-up to …

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EF-1 Tornado Touches Down Near Indianapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/26/333044.htm Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:14:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333044 A tornado-producing storm that hit central Indiana on June 24 damaged several homes in Indianapolis and its outskirts, downed power lines and uprooted trees, authorities said. It was one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre …

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Brotherhood Mutual Promotes Rowley to Assistant VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/16/332118.htm Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:31:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332118 Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. promoted Sabra Rowley to the position of assistant vice president – affiliate operations. Rowley will oversee all of the management and operations of Brotherhood Mutual’s subsidiaries — the American Church Group agencies and …

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Indiana Police Using Water-Based Chemical to Fight Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/13/331817.htm Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:42:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331817 A northwestern Indiana police department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to distribute a theft-deterring chemical that leaves DNA-like “signatures” on property and those who attempt to steal it. Makers of SmartWater CSI say the product …

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Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Stadium Beer Vendor Revived http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/27/330075.htm Tue, 27 May 2014 15:46:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330075 The family of a girl fatally struck by a drunken driver will be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit against the vendor at Indianapolis Colts games that sold beer to the driver, an Indiana appeals court ruled. The court ruled …

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Changes in Indiana Workers’ Comp Aimed at Slowing Rise in Medical Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/13/328946.htm Tue, 13 May 2014 21:03:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328946 As in other states with no restrictions on pricing in the workers’ compensation system, medical costs per claim are high and are rising in Indiana, according to a recent study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Hospital …

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Terre Haute, Indiana Sees Rise in Mo-Ped Thefts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/06/328400.htm Tue, 06 May 2014 16:51:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328400 With gas prices close to $4 per gallon, Terre Haute resident Russell Moffatt had been happy to park his gas-guzzling pickup truck in favor of a fuel efficient mo-ped that he could ride to work. That is, until someone stole …

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Officials: Squirrel Causes $300K in Damage to Indiana Community Center http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326209.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:36:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326209 Officials say a wayward squirrel caused about $300,000 in damage to a Fort Wayne, Ind., community center set to open in June. Parks Department officials say the squirrel got into the electrical equipment of the building in McMillen Park, causing …

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Scooter Law Stronger in Indiana but Still No Insurance Requirement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/31/324836.htm Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:57:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324836 Drivers of motorized scooters in Indiana will face tighter regulations under a measure signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, although an insurance requirement is not among them. The new law will require scooter operators to obtain license plates from …

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144-Year-Old Indiana Insurance Firm Rebrands as INGUARD http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/27/324615.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:42:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324615 Beauchamp McSpadden | Morrison Galliher, an independent insurance firm headquartered in Wabash, Ind., is rebranding of the company under the name, INGUARD. All relationships will consolidate under the new name, logo and website, www.INGUARD.com, to create cohesiveness and clarity for …

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NW Indiana Authorities Arrest 7 Suspected of Stealing from Trains http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/26/324488.htm Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:26:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324488 Authorities in northwestern Indiana have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen others in connection with the theft of $2.8 million in cars, electronics, pharmaceuticals and other items from trains in the Chicago area. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich …

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Officials Say Metal Thefts Declining on Indiana Highways http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/25/324383.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:35:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324383 Indiana highway officials say they’ve seen a decrease in the theft of wiring from roadside lights since putting out a warning about the brazen metal thieves in December. The stealing of copper wiring by thieves wearing helmets and safety vests …

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Indiana City Urging Property Owners to Cleanup Tornado Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/16/323462.htm Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:58:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323462 Owners of structures damaged by tornadoes that hit Kokomo, Ind., in November are being urged to start removing the debris or begin rebuilding. The city’s code enforcement section has begun sending letters to owners of damaged structures urging them to …

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Report Lists Indiana’s Workplace Safety Problems http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/07/322674.htm Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:42:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322674 Federal investigators say Indiana’s workplace safety agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn’t help whistleblowers. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report released Wednesday made 22 recommendations for improvement at the Indiana …

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AgentLink Acquires Indiana’s Consolidated Brokerage Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/06/322453.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:26:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322453 Louisville, Ky.-based insurance broker AgentLink announced it has acquired 100 percent ownership of Consolidated Brokerage Services (CBS) in Indianapolis, Ind. Founded in August of 2005 and originally owned by John Carroll, CEO of Cornerstone Broker Insurance Services Agency Inc., and …

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Truck Crashes in Canine-Caused Accident in Indiana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/06/322412.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:43:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322412 Kokomo, Ind., police say a dog left alone in a truck apparently bumped the vehicle’s gear shift, causing the truck to roll down a street and strike a parked vehicle. A police report says the dog’s owner told officers he …

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Indiana’s Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Promotes Hansen, Zurbuch http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/04/322159.htm Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322159 Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. in Fort Wayne, Ind., has promoted Jennifer Hansen to the position of assistant vice president – finance and controller, and Matthew Zurbuch to assistant vice president – investments. Hansen joined Brotherhood Mutual in 1996 and was …

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Court Rules Against Notre Dame over Insurance Coverage for Birth Control http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/24/321352.htm Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:12:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321352 A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled against the University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Ind., in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and …

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Indiana Homeowners Fear Flood Insurance Sticker Shock http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/21/321248.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321248 Homeowner Wally Cantrell’s finished basement was destroyed in the June 2008 flood in Columbus, Ind., but his flood insurance policy helped cover a good bit of the repairs. Now, Cantrell wonders if he will soon face a related disaster due …

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Home Insurer Universal P&C to Enter Indiana, Minnesota, Delaware http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/06/319754.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:40:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319754 Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPCIC), headquartered in Florida, has applied to expand into Indiana, Minnesota and Delaware. UPCIC is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and a fully licensed operator in North Carolina, South …

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Indiana Man at 90: Insurance Agent, Crossing Guard http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/05/319612.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:16:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319612 Norman Horrar has a full-time job, which at 90 years old is impressive in its own right. But Norm, as his friends call him, is an agent with Callaway Insurance. He also works part time as a crossing guard for …

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Indiana Jury Acquits Manager in 2009 Fire at Concert Hall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/02/319162.htm Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:49:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319162 The former manager of a southern Indiana concert hall has been found not guilty on charges that he set a 2009 fire that destroyed the venue. The Herald-Times reports a Brown County jury acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all …

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Allstate Insurance to Expand in Midwest with New Agencies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/09/316541.htm Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:32:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316541 Allstate Insurance Co. has announced plans to appoint new agency owners in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio this year. The company plans to appoint 21 new insurance agency owners in Indiana. Additionally, Allstate’s new and existing Indiana insurance agencies plan to …

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