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Ohio State Researchers: Road Design Impacts Distracted Driving Crash Frequency

A new study from Ohio State University’s Risk Institute reveals road design modifications can reduce the frequency and severity of distracted driving crashes. According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), which funded the Risk Institute’s study, researchers …

Pilot, Paramedic, Nurse Killed in North Dakota Air Ambulance Crash

An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in …

A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Kansas’ Upland Mutual Insurance

A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to B++ (Good) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb” from “bbb-” of Upland Mutual Insurance Inc. in Junction City, Kansas. The outlooks of these …

Minnesota Workplace Injury Rate Fell to an All-Time Low in 2017

Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) in early November reported that the state’s estimated workplace injury and illness rate for 2017 is the lowest rate since the measurement started in 1973. According to the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries …

Credit Ratings of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Upgraded

A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” from “a-” of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (Wisconsin Mutual) in Madison, Wisconsin. The outlook of these ratings has …

American Financial Group Hires Dunn as VP, Internal Audit

Cincinnati, Ohio-based American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) has hired Anthony W. Dunn as vice president, overseeing the internal audit function for the company and its subsidiaries. Dunn has 20 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Prior …

Missouri’s Lindley-Myers Elected Treasurer of Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission

Missouri Director of Insurance Chlora Lindley-Myers has been elected treasurer of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission (IIPRC). The Insurance Compact also selected Ohio Insurance Director Jillian Froment as chair and Rhode Island Insurance Superintendent Beth Dwyer as vice chair. …

North Dakota Oil Industry Pushing to Loosen Crude Oil Safety Rules

North Dakota oil industry leaders are pushing to loosen the state’s oil conditioning regulations, but an environmental group is arguing to tighten rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering changing regulations adopted nearly four years ago to make Bakken …

School’s Insurer to Cover Michigan Runner’s $4.5M Injury Lawsuit Settlement

A runner who sued his Michigan high school cross-country coach after he was severely injured during a dark early-morning practice has settled the case for $4.5 million. In 2011, Kersch Ray was a 13-year-old member of the Chelsea High School …

Delle Joins Missouri’s Town and Country Insurance Agency

Troy, Missouri-based Town and Country Insurance Agency has hired Angie Delle as a Medicare specialist and producer. Delle will handle everything from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compliance and field underwriting to customer service and personal insurance reviews. …

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