Missouri News

Court Blocks Parts of Restrictive Missouri Health Care Navigator Law

An appeals court has ruled that Missouri can’t limit health insurance navigators’ ability to help people obtain insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law — a ruling that advocates say could have implications for other states that have instituted …

Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today

States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

Missouri Police: At Least 20 Trucks Stolen as Part of Theft Ring

Authorities in eastern Missouri are trying to determine just how many trucks were stolen in a theft ring that struck several Missouri towns along Interstate 44. The Washington Missourian reports that police now believe at least 20 trucks were taken, …

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 …