Insurance Journal » Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:32:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 High Winds, Tornadoes Damage Parts of Midwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/14/374997.htm Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:59:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374997 Several Midwest states have been hit with damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding over the past several days. Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. In Indiana, residents …

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Iowa Jury Awards Injured Ex-High School Football Player $1M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/13/368080.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 16:23:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368080 A jury in Iowa has awarded a former Bedford High School football player almost $1 million in a case involving the school’s response to head injuries. The Des Moines Register reports 18-year-old Kacey Strough had a pre-existing medical condition known …

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Iowa Twister Was EF1: Weather Service http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/13/368073.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 15:53:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368073 National Weather Service crews were dispatched to assess the damage caused by a tornado that tore through Lake City, Iowa, uprooting trees, ripping apart the roof of a high school and leaving shreds of pink insulation strewn throughout the streets, …

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Iowa, South Dakota Towns Assessing Tornado Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/12/367778.htm Tue, 12 May 2015 16:32:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367778 Residents of the tornado-ravaged Iowa and South Dakota towns are beginning to assess property damage after twisters hit on Sunday. In South Dakota, the Tripp-Delmont School District called off classes on May 11 because school facilities are being used for emergency …

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Adds McGuire as Midwest Sr. Field Rep http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/05/07/367274.htm Fri, 08 May 2015 01:14:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367274 Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Cos. added Michael McGuire as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in the Midwest. Specifically, McGuire serves producers in Iowa and Nebraska. He is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about …

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Bird Flu Found in 5 more Northwest Iowa Farms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/29/366042.htm Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:40:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366042 The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth …

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Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/24/365618.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:41:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365618 Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

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$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/16/364708.htm Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:33:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364708 City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

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Jaffray Named Chief Financial Officer at Iowa-Based United Fire Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/07/363573.htm Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:30:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363573 Insurer United Fire Group Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appointed Dawn M. Jaffray as chief financial officer, effective April 27, 2015. Jaffray brings more than 27 years of experience to UFG, including extensive operational and financial experience with global …

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Leaders in Iowa City Consider Tougher Vehicle Impound Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/06/363368.htm Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:10:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363368 Motorists in Mason City, Iowa could soon have their vehicles impounded for any one of 10 violations, including some misdemeanors. The City Council will consider an impound ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported. Violations …

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Iowa Urged to Toughen Rules on Teen Driving http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/01/362950.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:29:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362950 A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver’s licenses. The Des Moines Register reports that a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says Iowa could cut its rate of fatal teen accidents …

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Iowa Man: City Should Pay for Tear Gas Damage at Rental Home http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/26/362186.htm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:34:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362186 A Marshalltown, Iowa, man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect. Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council that he filed a …

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Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/25/362084.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:39:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362084 Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …

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Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/18/360998.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360998 People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

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90% of Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360634.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:26:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360634 An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

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Insurer Sues Owners of Iowa Building Ravaged by Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/16/360626.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:16:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360626 An insurance company that owns structures next to a downtown Younkers, Iowa, building ravaged by a massive fire last year has a filed a lawsuit against the building’s owners and the companies responsible for its renovation. In the lawsuit, EMC Insurance …

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Arnold Promoted in ACE Agriculture’s Iowa-Based Rain and Hail Division http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/11/360098.htm Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:45:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360098 ACE Group appointed Scott Arnold as deputy division president of Rain and Hail, a division of ACE Agriculture based in Johnston, Iowa. Arnold was previously executive vice president of Rain and Hail field operations, where he oversaw the company’s 10 divisional offices …

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Safety Concerns Block Effort to Raise Interstate Speed Limit in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/09/359852.htm Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:19:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359852 Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states. The bill sought to …

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Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/03/359151.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359151 Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

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Liquidation Looms for Midwest Insurance Cooperative http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/02/358994.htm Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:08:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358994 An insurance cooperative created to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska will be formally liquidated this weekend. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said that a Polk County judge has agreed to approve the liquidation plan. CoOportunity is a federally …

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Iowa Bill that Would Help Pregnant Workers Advances http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/12/357323.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:08:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357323 A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require Iowa businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. Members of a labor and business relations subcommittee approved the bill Feb. 10. It now heads to a full committee for …

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Nationwide to Move 175 Jobs from Iowa to Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/02/356145.htm Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:06:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356145 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has plans to move 175 jobs out of Des Moines, Iowa, to its Ohio headquarters. Company spokesman Eric Hardgrove tells the Des Moines Register the company’s home mortgage operations will be relocated to headquarters in Columbus, …

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Iowa Insurance Broker Plans to Add 90 Jobs over 3 Years http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/02/356125.htm Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:48:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356125 A Dubuque, Iowa-based insurance broker has announced plans to add 90 jobs over the next three years. Cottingham & Butler President and CEO David Becker tells the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that it could add as many as 45 jobs this …

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Iowa Testing System to Determine Safer Speeds on Icy Roads http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/30/355909.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355909 The Iowa Transportation Department is testing a new system that could help motorists drive more safely on icy roadways. Des Moines television station KCCI says the testing is underway on an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 35 north of Des Moines. …

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Indiana City Moves to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/26/355487.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:35:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355487 A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

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Iowa, Nebraska Officials Seek to Close Insurance Co-Op http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/25/355274.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:39:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355274 Iowa’s top insurance official announced plans to ask a court to end a cooperative that was selling health insurance to residents in Iowa and Nebraska – a move that will limit options for consumers in both states. Iowa Insurance Commissioner …

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Study Finds New Predictors of Workers’ Comp Outcomes in Iowa http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/01/23/354970.htm Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:10:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354970 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Iowa improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

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Hub International Acquires Iowa-Based Brokerage, Ruhl & Ruhl http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/23/351027.htm Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:34:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351027 Global insurance broker, Hub International Limited (Hub), announced that its Chicago-area region Hub International Midwest (Hub Midwest) has acquired the assets of Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, based in Davenport, Iowa. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 1862, Ruhl …

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Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/18/350630.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350630 Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

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AssureStart Adds 5 States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/16/349384.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:17:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349384 Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

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