Kansas News

Incoming Kansas Insurance Regulator Wants More Competition in State

The accountant and industry executive taking over as Kansas’ top insurance regulator next month says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul. Insurance Commissioner-elect …

Thieves Steal Valuable Items from Kansas Ag Museum

Police are seeking help to identify whoever stole items from the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame’s collection in Bonner Springs, Kan. Bonner Springs police tell The Kansas City Star thieves broke into the center on Sept. 10 and …

Small Cargo Plane Crashes into Chicago Home; Couple Spared

A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side on Nov. 18, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500 slammed into the front of the home …

South-Central Kansas Rattled by More Quakes

Four more earthquakes were reported in south-central Kansas during the weekend. No serious injuries or damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the largest quake was a 3.8-magnitude earthquake that was centered northwest of Anthony in Harper County early …

Kansas Agents See Increased Demand for Earthquake Insurance

Kansas insurance agencies say they’ve been flooded with queries about earthquake coverage after the 4.8 magnitude temblor on Nov. 12. “We have been getting calls all day,” Matt Woodall, who works at a Wichita insurance office, said a day after …

4.8 Mag Earthquake Shakes Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Nov. 12, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago. The quake’s epicenter was near the …

Report: 31% of Kansas Foreclosed Homes Are Vacant but Total Still Small

A company says a report that Kansas has one of the highest rates of vacant foreclosures in the country reflects the small number of foreclosures in the state, not problems in the housing market. RealtyTrac says Kansas has the third-highest …

4 Dead as Plane Crashes into Flight Training Center in Kansas

The fatal crash of a small plane into a flight safety training center at the Wichita Airport has disrupted pilot training on some Cessna models, but efforts are being made to provide alternatives, company officials said. A twin-engine Beechcraft King …

EXL Acquires Underwriting Support Services Firm, Overland Solutions

Business process solutions company EXL has acquired Overland Solutions Inc., an Overland Park, Kan.-based provider of underwriting support services including premium audit, commercial and residential underwriting surveys and outsourced loss control services for the insurance industry. Overland’s audit segment provides …

Outlook for Kansas’ Upland Mutual Insurance Revised to Stable

A.M. Best reported it has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and the issuer credit rating of “bbb-”of Upland Mutual Insurance Inc. (Upland) in Junction City, Kan. The revised outlook reflects Upland’s …