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Louisiana Supreme Court Rejects Suit by School Workers Fired Post-Katrina

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its October dismissal of a lawsuit over the firing of thousands of New Orleans public school employees after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to …

Bus Inspection Problems Plague Michigan’s Small, Rural School Districts

Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

Oklahoma AG: Company Selling Copyright-Infringed Software to Schools

The owners of a Ninnekah, Okla., computer company have been charged with allegedly selling computers containing copyright-infringed software to school districts and city and county governments in southwestern Oklahoma, according to the office of state Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Craig Computer owners Ray …

Failed Oklahoma School Insurance Coop Seeks Payments

Some Oklahoma school officials say efforts by a failed school insurance cooperative to collect about $720,000 to pay current and expected claims and debts would create a financial hardship and may be illegal. The Oklahoma Schools Property/Casualty Cooperative has sent …

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 …