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Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish Plans to Build Flood Walls to Protect Schools

School officials in Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish are moving ahead with plans for a concrete wall and pump system to protect more of the parish’s schools from floodwaters. The Advocate reports the latest project calls for spending $2.8 million to erect …

9.1% Drop in Local Government Workers’ Comp Rates Proposed by Ohio BWC

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) proposed to its board of directors an average rate reduction of 9.1 percent for Ohio’s 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts covered by the BWC. Overall, due to the proposed …

Lack of Liability Insurance Leads to Shut Down of Michigan Police Department

Officials in a small Saginaw County village have shut down their police department until it gets liability insurance. The Saginaw News reports the Oakley Board of Trustees voted 5-1 on Sept. 9 to disband the force of about a dozen certified …

Insurance Costs Increase for Missouri Town after Settlement

A southwest Missouri city said its insurance deductible has increased by $95,000 after it recently settled a harassment complaint with a former employee. Last month, Ozark settled a lawsuit with former human resources director Cara Borneman for $78,000. It paid …

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 …