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Iowa Football Coach Disbands Diversity Group as Discrimination Lawsuit Remains Pending

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Gazette reports …

Michigan Woman Who Slipped on Lemon at Bar Loses Appeal

A woman who said she was injured after slipping on a lemon wedge has failed to revive her lawsuit against a popular Detroit tavern. The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s decision in favor of Old Shillelagh. Connie …

High Street Acquires Michigan-Based Hershey

High Street Insurance Partners announced its December acquisition of Hershey Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance firm based in Troy, Michigan. Founded in 1979, Hershey offers personal insurance, business insurance and group benefits. This acquisition is one of 17 finalized in …

Indiana Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

A coal miner died in an underground accident in southern Indiana, authorities said. The incident occurred late Jan. 7 at the Sunrise mine in Oaktown in Knox County, near the border with Illinois, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom said. No …

People Moves: McGriff Names Lundin SVP of Energy Practice; Rockford Mutual Promotes Two

McGriff Names Kevin Lundin as SVP and Producer of Energy Practice McGriff has named Kevin Lundin to its Energy Practice as a senior vice president and producer. Based in Minneapolis, Lundin brings an extensive insurance background and expertise in the …

Indianapolis Denies FedEx Shooting Victims’ $2 Million Payout Request

The city of Indianapolis effectively denied a request for over $2 million in compensation made by three members of the Sikh community affected by a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility last April. Harpreet Singh, Lakhwinder Kaur and Gurinder …

Disaster Declared for December Missouri Tornadoes

President Joe Biden has approved Missouri’s request for a federal disaster declaration after deadly tornadoes and strong winds hit the state last month. The designation allows seven southern Missouri counties to access federal assistance for repairing damaged buildings and other …

Branch Insurance Expands Home, Auto Coverage to Six More States

Columbus, Ohio-based Branch is expanding its home and auto insurance to six new states including Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and West Virginia. Branch, which specializes in bundled home and auto coverage using technology and automation, has grown from …

Illinois-Based Investor Agman Launches MGA Aurenity

Chicago-based investor Agman has announced the launch of Aurenity, a new tech-enabled Managing General Agent (MGA) targeting the Excess and Surplus (E&S) market. Aurenity will deploy underwriting analytics to determine technical pricing for E&S exposures, delivering sustainable profitability for its …

Iowa State Appeal Board Approves $962K Sexual Harassment Settlement

An Iowa state panel on Jan. 11 approved settlements of two sexual harassment lawsuits filed by employees who alleged they were mistreated at work. The State Appeal Board approved a $962,500 settlement with Jennifer Jackson, who alleged in a February …

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