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Fiery Indiana Freight Derailment Blamed on Buckled Track

Officials say a buckled stretch of track is believed to have caused a fiery freight train derailment in southwestern Indiana that belched black smoke into the sky and forced the evacuation of nearby homes. The Evansville Courier & Press reports …

Nebraska City Sues Owner of Grain Elevator That Exploded

South Sioux City, Nebraska, has sued the owner of the grain elevator that exploded earlier this year. The lawsuit against Andersen Farms Inc. and Bryce Andersen was filed last week in Dakota County District Court. It seeks reimbursement of more …

Lockton Names Gibson Sr. VP, Director of Marketing, Communications, External Affairs

Kansas City, Missouri-based insurance services firm, Lockton Companies, has named Julie Gibson senior vice president, director of marketing, communications and external affairs. She is based in Kansas City. Gibson will focus on growing the Lockton brand globally and creating communications …

Chicago Restaurant Chain to Settle Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Suit for $160K

Chicago-based Rosebud Restaurants Inc. will pay $160,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s lawsuit charged Rosebud, which owns approximately nine Italian restaurants in the Chicagoland area, with …

Minneapolis Landlords to Pay $18.5M to Settle Tenants’ Class-Action Suit

Court documents show that two Minneapolis landlords accused of improper licensing and other violations have agreed to pay out $18.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by their tenants. The Star Tribune reports that the settlement was filed Friday …

Central Insurance Elects Purmort as CMO, Hurless as COO

Ohio’s Central Insurance Companies announced the election of Evan Purmort to chief marketing officer and Cindy Hurless to chief operating officer. As CMO, Purmort is responsible for the company’s regional operations, communications, distribution and industry relationships. He previously held the …

Missouri School District Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit for $116.4K

The Springfield, Missouri, school district has reached a settlement with a longtime secretary who claimed in a lawsuit that the district tried to fire her because of her age. The Springfield News-Leader reports the district agreed to pay Lynn Neff …

Jackson Appointed Chief Innovation Officer at Apex Benefits

Apex Benefits, headquartered in Indianapolis, has named Stan Jackson as chief innovation officer. In this newly created role, Jackson will be responsible for leading the development of products, services and capabilities necessary for Apex to continue growing its long-term innovation …

American Financial Group to Acquire ABA Insurance Services

American Financial Group Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is acquiring ABA Insurance Services Inc. (ABAIS) from American Bankers Mutual Insurance Ltd. (ABMI). Based in Shaker Heights, Ohio, ABAIS provides directors and officers (D&O) and other complementary insurance solutions for banks, …

St. Louis Chiropractor Sentenced for Police Bribery Scheme, Insurance Fraud

A St. Louis chiropractor has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $350,000 for a scheme that involved bribing police officers to get information used to solicit clients. Mitchell Davis was sentenced in U.S. District Court. He pleaded …

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