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Low Penalties Let People Off the Hook for Driving Uninsured

Dan McMullen is an insurance agent in Ferguson, Mo. His Solo Insurance office is on West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of the trouble two years ago. The building next to his office burned into ruins. There aren’t many millionaires among …

Drone Tested for Use During Natural Disasters in North Dakota

A 20-foot-long drone that was brought to North Dakota to test precision agriculture methods is now part of a trial run to see if can help crews restore power to areas hit by natural disasters. The Israeli-manufactured Elbit Systems Hermes …

Few Iowa Drivers Punished for Passing Stopped School Buses

Fewer drivers are receiving the tough penalties Iowa lawmakers approved in 2012 for illegally passing school buses when they are stopped. The Des Moines Register reports that the number of people charged with violating the school bus law has declined, …

Illinois Traffic Fatalities Expected to Top 1,000 in 2016

Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven and an increase in the number of younger drivers on the …

North Dakota Homeowners Concerned After Neighborhood Yards Collapse

Some homeowners in a Bismarck, N.D., neighborhood are questioning the long-term safety of their houses after some backyards dropped as much as 7 feet in June. Jim Hopfauf is one of the homeowners affected by the collapsing hill where houses …

Boy Decapitated on Waterslide at Kansas Park

A 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a 168-foot tall waterslide at a water park in Kansas, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. The person, who is not authorized to speak about the boy’s death, told The …

Stacking UIM Coverages Under Missouri Law

Generally, stacking is defined “as an insured’s ability to obtain multiple insurance coverage benefits for an injury either from more than one policy, as where the insured has two or more separate vehicles under separate policies, or from multiple coverages …

Inspector Killed After Recently Evicted Home Explodes in Nebraska

A woman who was killed when a house exploded in Omaha, Nebraska, was a property inspector sent to check the home after a tenant was evicted, authorities said Tuesday. Clara Bender, 30, was fatally injured in the blast just after …

Former Michigan GM Site Gets $17M for Conversion to Autonomous Car Test Facility

Michigan has approved $17 million in funding to help convert the site of a former General Motors plant that once pumped out World War II-era bombers into an autonomous car testing facility. The American Center for Mobility – a joint …

Safety Regulators Gear Up for Faster Train Speeds in Illinois

Safety regulators have started warning motorists of faster trains along a high-speed rail corridor in Illinois months before Amtrak service at up to 110 mph is set to begin. New safety improvements include crossing gates, signals that communicate with train …

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