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People Moves: Krause Group Names Westervelt Vice President of Sales

Krause Group, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, named Holly Westervelt to the newly created role of vice president of sales, a part of the leadership team for Krause Group’s expanding agency division, The Krause Agency. Westervelt joins Krause Group with …

For Shrinking Mississippi River Towns, Frequent Floods Worsen Fortunes

WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) — Devastating flooding, driven in part by climate change, is taking an especially damaging toll on communities that once thrived along the banks of America’s most storied river. Flooding has pushed people out of their homes …

Former Iowa Insurance Agent Sentenced 19 Years for Defrauding the Elderly

A former Iowa insurance agent and annuity salesman was sentenced to 19 years in prison for defrauding elderly individuals out of their retirement savings. A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Zach Flaherty, age 47, of Clive, to 222 months for …

Four Tops Singer Sues Detroit-Area Hospital for Racial Discrimination

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The lead singer of the Four Tops said a Detroit-area hospital restrained him and ordered a psychological exam after refusing to believe that he was part of the Motown music group. Alexander Morris, who is Black, …

USDA to Enhance Crop Insurance for Michigan Blueberry Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is enhancing Federal crop insurance for blueberry producers in Michigan beginning in the 2025 crop year. This change will enable producers to receive different pricing and optional units for three seasonal types of blueberries …

Nebraska Funeral Home Discovers Hospice Patient Declared Dead Was Actually Alive

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska funeral home discovered that a 74-year-old hospice patient who was declared dead by her nursing home two hours earlier was actually still alive, so workers started CPR and she was rushed to a hospital, …

Mississippi River Flooding is Pushing People Out of Their Homes, Data Shows

WEST ALTON, Mo. (AP) — Commerce along the Mississippi River has evolved over the past century at the expense of many once-thriving river towns. But persistent and sometimes devastating flooding has added to the woes of some of those towns. …

Missouri Appeals Court Sides With Transgender Student in Discrimination Case

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A $4.2 million verdict that jurors ordered a Missouri school district to pay a transgender student is under consideration again. The Western District Missouri Court of Appeals found last Tuesday that a judge erred in …

DOXA Acquires Illinois MGA CPH Insurance

DOXA Insurance announced the acquisition of CPH Insurance, a Chicago-based MGA providing professional liability products for mental health, allied health and healthcare professionals. Founded in 2000 by founder and President Phil Hodson to specifically serve the mental health sector, CPH …

People Moves: Alliant Grows Midwest Benefits Team with Richard as VP, Schmidt as SVP

Alliant Insurance Services, headquartered in Irvine, California, expanded its Midwest team by adding Matt Richard as vice president and Tricia Schmidt as senior vice president within its employee benefits group. Richard, based in Kentucky, has more than 20 years of …

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