Missouri News

Regulators: Auto Insurance Rates Continue Downward Trend in Missouri

Auto insurance premiums have declined significantly since 2000, according to figures released by the Missouri Department of Insurance. The average annual cost for full coverage peaked in 2003 at $740 — it dipped to $726 in 2013. In inflation-adjusted dollars, premiums …

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms

While there has been a curious lack of tornadoes throughout the country’s midsection, that may soon change, according to federal weather forecasters. A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility …

Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes

A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

POWERS Insurance Associate Earns Missouri CSR of the Year Award

St. Louis, Mo.-based POWERS Insurance and Benefits announced that Christen Beardall, a POWER associate, has been named the “2014 Outstanding Customer Service Representative (CSR) of the Year” for Missouri. The award was presented by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & …

Missouri Senate Backs Caps on Medical Malpractice Jury Awards

The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals. The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical …

Kansas Hotel Owners Hired Illegal Immigrants, Didn’t Pay Taxes, Workers’ Comp

When a suburban Kansas City couple bought two Clarion hotels, they systematically replaced lawfully employed workers with immigrants not authorized to work in the United States, cutting labor costs by 40 percent. Not only were the illegal workers paid a …

Medical Malpractice Award Caps Endorsed by Missouri House

The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers. Supporters said the limits, approved 101-53, are needed to make …

Lockton Names Linden as Sr. Claims Consultant in St. Louis

Lockton’s St. Louis office named Jim Linden as assistant vice president-senior claims consultant in its mining risk management practice. The industry veteran will guide clients as their claims advisor and advocate. Linden will advise Lockton clients in developing robust and leading-edge claims management programs, …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

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, …

Columbia, Missouri’s Ride-Booking Regulations Include Insurance

The Columbia, Mo., City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft that include insurance requirements. The regulations approved require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must …