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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 …

Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them

Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

Grinnell Mutual Names Menary Executive VP, Line Operations

Jeff Menary has been appointed executive vice president of line operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Line operations include direct underwriting/production, direct claims, reinsurance and crop hail. Menary has served in leadership roles at the company for more than …

Wingert Named Executive VP, Support Operations at Grinnell Mutual

Dave Wingert was appointed executive vice president of support operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Support operations include business information services, finance, and human resources/training and development. Wingert joined Grinnell Mutual in 2011 as the chief financial officer, vice …

United Fire Group Sees Up to $23M Loss for Second Quarter Spring Storms

United Fire Group Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced that it expects its second quarter results to include pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of approximately $20 million to $23 million from spring storms. “Over the last 10 years, …