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Dallas Settles Police Abuse Case for $1.1M

The Dallas City Council has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit with a man who claimed he was unfairly beaten by a police officer and unjustly jailed for 15 months. The Dallas Morning News reports the city …

Sioux City, Iowa Contemplates Insurance for Water Line Repairs

The City Council in Sioux City, Iowa, has discussed setting up an insurance fund to cover the costs of water service repairs. The Sioux City Journal says dozens of homeowners have had to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars …

Minority Bar Owners in Racine, Wisconsin Say City Leaders Discriminated

Eight former bar owners in Racine, Wis., filed a lawsuit accusing the mayor and other city officials of racially discriminating against them and forcing their businesses to close. The federal lawsuit filed against Mayor John Dickert, the city of Racine …

Still No Insurance for Police in Sorrento, Louisiana

The Sorrento Town Council in Louisiana tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department. The police department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls …

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Settles Police Corruption Case for $425K

A federal lawsuit filed against the city of Tulsa by a man who was freed from prison following an investigation into police corruption has been settled for $425,000. Larry Wayne Barnes Sr. was convicted in April 2008 of two drug …

Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other …

Sans Insurance, Police Chief Going Back on Patrol in Louisiana Town

Sorrento, La., Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. and his assistant chief are going back on patrol, but without the special type of insurance coverages required for police patrols. The town’s police department has been without liability insurance since coverage was …

Excessive Force Claimed in Suit Against Omaha, Nebraska Police

A lawsuit alleging excessive force and other rights violations has been filed against Omaha, Neb., police over an incident that led to the firing of four officers. The ACLU of Nebraska said the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court …

Armed Employees Could Cost Kansas Schools Insurance

The company that insures most of Kansas’ school districts says it won’t provide coverage for districts that allow armed employees on school premises. EMC Insurance Companies has told its agents not to offer or renew policies for Kansas school districts …

Travelers Adds Special Expense Coverage to Public Entity Policies

Travelers has enhanced its public entity management liability (PEML) policy that provides limited special expenses coverage reimbursement related to the replacement of key employees in the event of a death or medically confirmed situation that results in their resignation or …