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Minnesota Whistleblower Settles Suit for $990,000

A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won nearly $1 million after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery …

Joplin Tornado Aid Worker Sentenced for Disaster Fraud

A woman who worked for a southwest Missouri disaster relief agency has been sentenced to prison for a fraud scheme following the deadly Joplin tornado. The U.S. attorney’s office says Herlana Latham, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 …

School District Insurer Adds $1.1M to Sex Abuse Case Settlement

A Michigan school district’s insurance carrier has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit by a Detroit-area couple who were charged in a sex abuse case involving their autistic daughter before prosecutors dropped it in 2008. The Detroit …

Indiana Workplace Deaths Increase in 2013

State officials say the number of workplace deaths in Indiana was up in 2013, but it was still the third-lowest number of fatalities recorded in the past 22 years. The Indiana Department of Labor reports the state had 123 worker …

Arbitrator Rules Omaha Fire Responses too Slow

An arbitrator has ruled that Omaha, Neb., must put deploy more firefighters and medics because the city’s response times don’t measure up to national standards. The arbitrator ruled last week on a July 2013 grievance by the firefighters union. The …

South Dakota County Gets $150,000 Grant for New Floodgate

Brown County is receiving more than $150,000 in grant funding to help install a new floodgate where Crow Creek meets the James River. The American News in Aberdeen reports that the South Dakota county has been planning for several years …

Michigan Village Police Department Secures Liability Insurance

Police in a small Saginaw County village have resumed patrols after securing liability insurance. Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick obtained insurance and reinstated patrols over the weekend. The Oakley Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Tuesday to disband the force of …

Chicago Gold Coast Store Victim of Theft

Patrol officers early Monday found the front windows shattered at the high-end Moncler store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood and several racks of coats stolen. The officers were on patrol when they heard the burglar alarm at 3:50 a.m. on …

Concrete Chunks Fall From Bridge Near Ohio Tailgaters

Police say large chunks of concrete fell from an interstate support beam just blocks away from where Cincinnati Bengals fans were tailgating. No one was injured, but a car was heavily damaged when concrete chunks fell on it Sunday afternoon …

Michigan City Isn’t Liable for Declining Property Values

A judge has ruled that Traverse City isn’t responsible for declines in property values that could be linked to officials’ decision to remove a northern Michigan dam. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers on Thursday effectively …

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