Insurance Journal » Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:26:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Columbia Insurance Group Hires Klug as New CFO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/22/335386.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:47:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335386 Missouri-based Columbia Insurance Group (CIG) welcomed Kansas native Kelly Klug, as its new chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer. Klug is a trusted insurance and financial professional with over 30 years of proven success. Throughout his career, he …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Lightning Rod Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/20/335278.htm Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335278 A 52-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to probation in a lightning rod insurance scam that targeted elderly residents. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that Donald Anthony Moses of Neosho, Mo., was sentenced to two years …

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Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 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 …

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Ban Against Lyft Ride Sharing Service Extended in St. Louis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/16/334816.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:34:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334816 A St. Louis, Mo., judge extended a temporary restraining order that bans the ride-sharing service Lyft from operating in the city or St. Louis County. St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty said this week that Lyft cannot operate until a …

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Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334388.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334388 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 …

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‘Drafting Error’ Leads to Veto of Missouri Health Insurance Navigator Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/09/334130.htm Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:18:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334130 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation. The vetoed bill would have …

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Popp to Join Lockton in Kansas City as Retirement Services President http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/27/333157.htm Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:13:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333157 Pam Popp is joining Lockton as president of its retirement services operation effective Sept. 2, based in Kansas City, Mo., the risk management and insurance services firm announced. Popp is a longtime retirement plan executive with experience both at CAPTRUST …

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AssureStart Expands Online Small Business Insurance Sales to Three More States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/06/20/332603.htm Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332603 AssureStart, the technology startup that sells small business insurance coverage on the internet, has opened for business in Colorado, Missouri and Oregon with plans to expand into additional states this year. AssureStart serves small businesses with one to 30 employees. …

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Missouri Court Tosses $240M Punitive Award from Smelter Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/19/332469.htm Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:55:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332469 A Missouri appeals court has thrown out $240 million in punitive damages awarded to 16 eastern Missouri residents who sued over health problems from the Herculaneum lead smelter. A jury awarded the damages against former smelter owners Fluor Corp., A.T. …

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Agnello Named President of Lockton’s Kansas City P/C Operation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/18/332343.htm Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:33:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332343 Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton named Joe Agnello president of the insurance broker’s Kansas City property/casualty insurance operation. Agnello, a 20-year Lockton veteran, succeeds Ron Lockton who will devote more time to clients and global business issues for Lockton. Agnello will work alongside Rick Kahle, …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Arson, Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/16/332125.htm Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:34:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332125 A western Missouri man has admitted leading a conspiracy to buy cheap houses and set them on fire to collect nearly $435,000 in insurance benefits. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 27-year-old Joshua Stamps, of Independence, pleaded guilty in federal court …

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New Missouri Laws Expand Paperless Options, Insurance Protections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/11/331597.htm Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:35:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331597 Under new laws signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, Missourians now have more paperless options when receiving policy information from their insurance companies, and commercial property owners will see expanded insurance protections, the Missouri Department of Insurance announced. House Bill 1079 …

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Number of Defective School Buses in Missouri Rising http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/06/331233.htm Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:24:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331233 The percentage of school buses failing state inspections is on the rise in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says slightly fewer than 85 percent of the roughly 12,000 school buses it inspected this year were initially approved. That’s the …

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Kansas Man Sentenced for Defrauding Missouri Insurance Fund http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/05/331208.htm Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:56:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331208 A Kansas man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for a $1.3 million fraud involving a Missouri fund for cleaning up leaking petroleum tanks. Robert Fine II was sentenced on June 3 after pleading guilty last November …

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Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/03/330886.htm Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:24:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330886 A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

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Missouri High School Team to Skip Bass Tournament Due to Insurance Troubles http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/28/330201.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 16:16:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330201 Concerns about insurance requirements will keep a southwest Missouri high school team from participating in the first high school bass pro fishing tournament in June. Nixa High School anglers won’t be part of the Bass Pro Shops first Open Championship …

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Missouri Legislature OKs Criminal Checks for Health Advisers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/23/329973.htm Fri, 23 May 2014 15:48:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329973 Despite a federal court order against their current law, Missouri legislators voted to toughen requirements even further for people seeking to work as insurance guides under President Barack Obama’s health care law. A bill given final approval by the Republican-led …

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EF2 Tornado Hammers Missouri Town, State of Emergency Declared http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/12/328891.htm Tue, 13 May 2014 03:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328891 Residents in a small northwest Missouri town that took a direct hit from an EF2 tornado were busy on May 11 assessing damage and rescheduling events, like the coming high school graduation. The tornado Saturday evening in Orrick yanked roofs …

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Missouri Law Bars Contractors from Paying Deductibles on Commercial Property http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/02/328151.htm Fri, 02 May 2014 16:08:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328151 Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that supporters say is aimed at protecting commercial property. A 2011 Missouri law bars residential contractors who fix roofs or complete other exterior repairs on homes from offering to pay insurance deductibles …

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Trial Alleging Gender Discrimination at Anheuser-Busch Begins http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/30/327889.htm Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327889 Jury selection began April 28 in the trial of a case brought by the former top ranking woman executive at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, who accuses the beer maker of wage discrimination for paying her less than half the base salary …

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Farmers Insurance Expects $75M in Claims from Midwest Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/17/326789.htm Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:22:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326789 A system of severe weather moving through multiple Midwest states in early April brought tornadoes, hail, severe winds and flooding in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Farmers Insurance estimates that its expected claims volume from these states will total approximately …

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Judge’s Order Allows Headlight-Flashing in Missouri County http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/10/325977.htm Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:38:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325977 A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting a St. Louis County town from ticketing drivers for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that police are nearby. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey issued the injunction. The American Civil …

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Mackey Named VP-Underwriting at Columbia Insurance Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/07/325675.htm Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:40:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325675 Columbia Insurance Group (CIG), headquartered in Columbia, Mo., welcomed Scott Mackey to its executive team in the newly created role of vice president of underwriting. Mackey is a seasoned insurance professional with 30 years in marketing and underwriting roles with …

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Basketball Coach Admits Being Part of Car Theft Ring http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325381.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:00:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325381 The women’s basketball coach at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas, who once coached at Southeast Missouri State University, pleaded guilty to being part of a car theft ring that prosecutors said staged accidents and filed false theft reports to …

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St. Louis Tent Collapse Wrongful Death Claim Settled for $548K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/25/324402.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:46:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324402 The family of a 58-year-old man killed in 2013 when a tent collapsed at a St. Louis, Mo., bar has reached a $548,000 settlement. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alfred Goodman suffered fatal head and neck injuries when wind …

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Missouri Governor Signs Chemotherapy Equity Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/21/323961.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:35:05 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323961  Missouri cancer patients could soon find it more affordable to take chemotherapy pills under legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon. Starting in January, patients could not be charged more than $75 for a 30-day supply of oral cancer drugs. The …

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Michigan’s J.M. Wilson Names Terry Branch Manager in Kansas City Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/21/323950.htm Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:29:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323950 Managing general agency and surplus lines insurance broker, J.M. Wilson, added Michele Terry, as branch manager of its Kansas City, Mo., location. Terry will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Kansas City office and staff, and foster growth and development …

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Missouri Bill Would Create Online Database for Workers’ Comp Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/17/320602.htm Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:54:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320602 An online database of workers’ compensation claims would be created under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate. Under the measure, businesses could provide a potential employee’s name and Social Security number to identify the date of workers’ compensation claims and …

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Judge Blocks Oklahoma Firm from Selling Execution Drug to Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/13/320483.htm Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:40:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320483 A federal judge on Feb. 12 agreed to temporarily block an Oklahoma pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for use in an upcoming lethal injection. The temporary restraining order was issued after a federal lawsuit …

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Chemotherapy Parity Bills Advance in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/13/320478.htm Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:26:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320478 A Missouri Senate panel has advanced legislation that could lower costs for some cancer patients. Bills endorsed by the Senate insurance committee would require insurance companies to charge patients the same out-of-pocket costs for chemotherapy pills as they do for …

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