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Corporation Pays Maximum Fine in Wisconsin Asbestos Exposure Case

Authorities say the corporate owner of a former Wisconsin factory accused of ordering workers to remove insulation that contained asbestos has paid the maximum fine under terms of a plea agreement. The incident happened six years ago at Grede foundry …

NTSB: Broken Wheel Caused 2015 Oil Train Wreck in North Dakota

Federal investigators believe a broken wheel caused a May 2015 oil train derailment that prompted the evacuation of Heimdal, North Dakota. The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators found a mark on the track indicating a broken wheel that caused …

North Dakota Livestock Producers Say Trucking Mandate Will Cost Them

A federal mandate requiring many motor carriers to install electronic logging devices could cost be costly to North Dakota’s cattle industry. Warren Zenker, who runs a cattle feeding operation near Elgin, told the Bismarck Tribune that electronic logging devices could …

Iowa High-Rise Project Uncertain After Property Swap with Insurer

The developer of an $88 million high-rise project in downtown Des Moines has announced plans to trade the land to an insurance company in exchange for a portion of a downtown property. Blackbird Investments’ announcement leaves the future of its …

Chicago-Area Fire Destroys Half of Metal Recycling Facility

Crews worked through the night to extinguish large fire at a recycling facility in suburban Chicago. No injuries were reported following the fire that started late on Jan. 10 in Des Plaines. Deputy Chief Peter Dyer of the Des Plaines …

J.M. Wilson Adds James as Assistant Property/Casualty Underwriter in Ohio

J.M. Wilson has hired Taylor James as assistant property/casualty underwriter in its Westerville, Ohio, office. James is responsible for assisting underwriters on a wide variety of property and casualty risks, as well as quoting new and renewal business and servicing …

Ohio Imposes Restrictions on Injured Workers’ Back Surgery, Opioid Use

Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the …

Minot, N.D., Schools, Company Settle Lawsuit over Flood Cleanup for $950K

The Minot Public School District has settled a lawsuit filed by a company over unpaid cleanup expenses resulting from the 2011 Souris River flood. The case was set to go to trial Monday in federal court, but the two sides …

Judge Rules North Dakota Law Limiting Malpractice Damages Unconstitutional

A state district judge has ruled that North Dakota’s law limiting damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional. The Bismarck Tribune reports the ruling came in a case involving a Fort Yates woman who suffered a disabling stroke due to …

Iowa Agrees to Pay $1.1M in Lawsuit Over Worker Injury, Firing

An Iowa board has approved payment of nearly $1.1 million in a lawsuit by a former state worker who said the state Natural Resources Department fired him because of a work injury. A judge had ordered the state to pay …

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