Iowa News

EMC Insurance Office to Replace Downtown Des Moines Buildings

An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines, Iowa, structures to make room for a new office building. EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton tells The Des Moines Register that crews will begin tearing down the three brick …

Lahn to Lead Grinnell Mutual’s Legal Division

Pete Lahn has been appointed senior vice president of legal, secretary and general counsel for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.,  in Grinnell, Iowa. The appointment is effective Dec. 19, 2014. Lahn brings more than 25 years of legal and property/casualty experience to …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

Two Plead Guilty in Iowa to Defrauding AIG, Face Decades in Prison

Former Iowa resident Christina M. Pender and California resident Robert K. Taylor have pled guilty to defrauding insurance company AIG out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced. Taylor also …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

Coast Guard: 12 Injured in Iowa Water Taxi Accident

The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s investigating a water taxi accident in Iowa that injured 12 people, including two children who were sent to the hospital. Passengers told KWQC-TV and the Quad-City Times that a Channel Cat water taxi crashed …

Report: Few Iowans Acknowledge Smoking on Insurance Applications

Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 percent …

Height of Iowa Bridge a Challenge for Drivers

A low bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is proving challenging to motorists. Drivers of tall vehicles have hit the Canadian National Railroad bridge twice this week and at least five times this year. The bridge is on the north side …

Iowa Town Gets $1M Federal Grant for Flood Protection

The city of Eddyville, Iowa, is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The funding, announced by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, comes from the Federal Emergency Management …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

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 …