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Biden Revokes Keystone XL Pipeline Permit; Construction Halted

Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted on Jan. 21 as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office. The 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of …

North Dakota Senate Won’t Hold Oil Execs Liable for Environmental Damage

The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to hold liable any corporate officer responsible for oil- and gas-related violations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Greater North Dakota Chamber had lobbied against …

Spanos Joins Core Specialty Insurance E&S Group as VP

Van Spanos has joined Cincinnati, Ohio-based Core Specialty Insurance Holdings Inc.’s newly formed excess and surplus (E&S) primary Product Liability group as vice president. Spanos is responsible for managing all facets of this business, including direct oversight of the underwriting …

Michigan’s McLaren to Pay $7.7M to Resolve Alleged Drug Violations

McLaren Health Care Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government more than $7.7 million to resolve alleged violations of provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. The civil settlement was announced by the U.S. attorneys in Grand Rapids and Detroit, …

Ohio Suspends Pharmacy After 890 Vaccine Doses Wasted

A pharmacy responsible for distributing the coronavirus vaccine to Ohio nursing homes failed to document storage temperatures for leftover shots, resulting in 890 doses being wasted, the state Health Department said. The agency said it suspended SpecialtyRx in Columbus from …

Kansas Insurance Agent to Repay $86K After Guilty Plea

A former Kansas insurance agent from Johnson County has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud charges and agreed to repay nearly $86,000 in restitution, the state’s attorney general’s office reported. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Armond R. Peghee, 42, pleaded …

Bage Appointed CEO at MAX Insurance in Kansas

Overland Park, Kansas-based MutualAid eXchange (MAX) has named Dr. Lisa Bage, currently chief operating officer at MAX, as CEO and president effective Feb. 15, 2021. She will succeed current President and CEO David M. Wine, who is retiring following 20 …

14 Tanks Burn in Explosion at North Dakota Oil Tank Battery

Authorities say an explosion at an oil tank battery near New Town, North Dakota, on Jan. 18 sent 14 tanks up in flames and caused oil and brine to spill. No injuries were reported. New Town Fire Chief John DeGroot …

New Delay in Getting Vaccine Worries Nebraska Workers

Nebraska teachers and meatpacking workers worry it will take longer for essential workers like them to get the coronavirus vaccine now that the next group of people to be vaccinated has been expanded to include everyone 65 and older in …

The Hilb Group Acquires Michigan’s Owen Moore Insurance

The Hilb Group LLC (THG) acquired Linwood, Michigan-based Owen Moore Insurance Agency (OMA) in a transaction that was effective Dec. 31, 2020. OMA is a full-service property/casualty agency, providing a broad range of personal and commercial insurance products and services …

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