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Nebraska Senators Aiming to Get Medical Marijuana on 2020 Ballot

Two Nebraska lawmakers have announced plans to place a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2020 ballot. Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, on Dec. 13 announced the formation of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. The campaign …

Feds Cite Missouri Demolition Company After 2 Workers Die

A Missouri demolition company has been cited by federal safety regulators for failing to provide fall protection after two employees suffered fatal injuries at a demolition site in St. Louis. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

Indiana Officer Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $50K

Records show a former western Indiana police officer who appealed his firing has accepted $50,000 to settle a 2015 federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. The Tribune-Star reports Jonathan Stevens signed an agreement in January 2017 to resolve the complaint he’d …

Michigan Business Index Shows Hiring, Retaining Talent Still Challenging

Acquiring and retaining talent remains the top challenge for Michigan’s small- to mid-sized business leaders, according to a survey commissioned by Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Michigan Business Network. The latest Michigan Future Business Index (MFBI) data …

Feds Sue North Dakota Restaurant over Firing of Pregnant Worker

A popular upscale restaurant in North Dakota’s capital city is being sued for allegedly firing a server after she became pregnant. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the federal lawsuit against East 40 Inc. on Monday. The company does …

New Brightway Insurance Agency Opens in Illinois

Brightway Insurance has added a new agency location in Illinois — Brightway, The Nadelhoffer Family Agency in Warrenville opened by Matt and Rebecca Nadelhoffer. The Nadelhoffers come to Brightway with experience in business, teaching and coaching. Rebecca started a home-based …

June 20 Still the Cut Off Date for Dicamba Use in Minnesota

Minnesota is maintaining its June 20 cutoff date for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba, which has been blamed for drifting and damaging neighboring soybean fields. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture imposed the cutoff for 2018 after getting 253 reports …

Alera Group Acquires Ohio Employee Benefits Firm, Bailey & Company

Alera Group has acquired Bailey & Company, an employee benefits firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bailey & Company specializes in a wide variety of employee benefit programs. The firm helps its clients – …

‘Ineffective’ Safeguard Cited in Husky Oil Refinery Blast in Wisconsin

An “ineffective” safeguard failed to prevent an explosive mixing of air and fuel at a Husky Energy refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, leading to a blast and fire in the plant’s gasoline-producing unit in April, a U.S. industrial safety group says. …

Ohio Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for $425K Workers’ Comp Fraud

A federal judge has sentenced the owner of a now-defunct southwest Ohio payroll services company to six months in federal prison and a $10,000 fine after being found guilty of workers’ compensation insurance fraud. John R. Cacaro, 59, owner of …

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