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A.M. Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” for Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Co. (WMMIC) in Madison, Wisconsin. The company provides …

Minnesota Lawsuit Takes on Involuntary Sedations

An attorney for a Minneapolis, Minn. man is drawing parallels between his client’s lawsuit and the recent debate over police urging paramedics to sedate unruly people. Forty-eight-year-old John Powell says he suffered breathing problems and needed emergency care after suburban …

Wrongly Named Suspect in Texas Police Shooting Files Lawsuit

A man wrongly identified by Dallas, Texas police as a suspect in the 2016 fatal shooting of five officers has sued the city and its police department. The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Dallas police detained Mark Hughes and his …

State Panel Urges Armed Presence in Arkansas Schools

The Arkansas School Safety Commission issued its preliminary report and recommends that every school always have an armed presence, including a trained resource officer whenever financially feasible. The report also calls for increased mental health resources for students, anti-bullying programs, …

Motorcyclist Hit by Police SUV in California to Get $12M

Officials in Oakland, Calif. have agreed to pay $12 million to a motorcyclist who lost a leg and was badly hurt when struck by a police vehicle that allegedly ran a red light. The East Bay Times reported that the …

Iowa Supreme Court Reduces Liability of Governments for Road Safety

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving a 2013 car accident on a northwest Iowa county road could make it more difficult for citizens to hold city, county and state officials responsible when people are hurt as the result of …

Texas Governor Unveils School Safety Plan, Proposed Gun Law Changes

Note: This story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a southeast Texas school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page, 40-strategy plan for preventing future school shootings, and left …

Family Reaches $13M Settlement with Seattle over Deadly Crash

The family of a couple killed in 2013 by a drunk driver has settled with the city of Seattle for $13 million. The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled with the city. Prosecutors say Mark Mullan was drunk when …

Kansas Woman Struck by Deputy Settles Lawsuit for $40K

A Kansas woman who was injured when a deputy crashed into her car while rushing to an accident at a motorcycle race course is settling her lawsuit for $40,000. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Sedgwick County commission approved the …

Instructor Sues Oregon University over Racial Discrimination

An instructor has filed a lawsuit against Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. alleging the school wrongly fired him while he was on medical leave because of work-related stress. The Register-Guard reports Johnny Lake, a black man, says he lost …