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Fire Destroys 20 Transit-System Buses in Northwest Arkansas

A transit system serving four counties in northwest Arkansas has restricted its service after an early morning fire destroyed nearly all its buses. Ozark Regional Transit says the fire broke out on Jan. 10 in a bus canopy in Springdale, …

Ohio County Sued by Employees over 2015 Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Seven Lucas County, Ohio, employees who became sick after exposure to a rare form of Legionnaires’ bacteria have filed a lawsuit. The Blade newspaper reports that the lawsuit seeks damages from the county board of commissioners and multiple other defendants. …

New Orleans Settles Katrina Police Action Civil Rights Cases for $13M

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the settlement of three federal civil rights lawsuits stemming from city police actions related to Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu joined city officials and the families of James Brissette, Henry Glover, Ronald Madison, and Raymond Robair …

Judge Awards $5M to 2 Men Wrongfully Jailed in Nebraska

A federal judge in Nebraska has ordered Douglas County’s insurance carrier to pay $5 million — plus legal costs — to two men wrongfully jailed for months in the 2006 killing of a Murdock couple because the county’s former crime …

Suburban Chicago School District Settles Hazing Lawsuit for $1M

Five former students of a suburban Chicago high school will receive $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with hazing allegations. Officials of Maine Township High School District 207 say they and plaintiffs’ attorney Antonio Romanucci agreed to …

Detroit to Pay $11M to Settle Water Damage Claims of 800 Residents

Months after two severe storms flooded basements on Detroit’s east side, the city’s water department has decided to pay the claims of all residents who aren’t suing it. The Detroit Free Press reports that hundreds of homes were damaged during …

Ransomware Attack Freezes Indiana County’s Computers

A so-called ransomware attack has left police, fire and other government staff in a central Indiana county locked out of their computers. Madison County Commissioner Jeff Hardin tells The Herald Bulletin the county’s voting records and ballots were not affected …

Oregon Farmers Sue Irrigation District Over Water Cutoff

Malheur County farmers are suing their local irrigation district in Oregon, claiming it failed to deliver water when needed in 2014 and 2015. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Delos and Barbara Lee, who farm alfalfa and hay, filed a lawsuit against …

Lawyer: $1.9M Settlement in Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of Sandra Bland, a black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop last summer, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney told a Houston television …

Council Conflicts Lead to Much Higher Insurance Deductible for Minnesota City

Insurers say they’ve significantly raised the deductible on insuring Lake Elmo, Minn., because the city is being managed in a way that creates too much of a risk of lawsuits. The Insurance Trust Board of the League of Minnesota Cities …