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Illinois Governor: No Speed Increase on Interstates

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation aimed at increasing the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on interstate highways around Illinois. The Legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis. It follows the passage of law …

Storm Damage at Indiana Library Worse than Thought

A southwestern Indiana library director says a library building in Vincennes recently damaged by a severe thunderstorm suffered more extensive damage than initially thought. Library director Emily Bunyan says the Knox County Public Library’s Bloebaum-Fuller Outreach Building had been believed …

Brutality Focus of Suit Against Ferguson, Missouri Police

A federal lawsuit filed on Aug. 28 alleges that police in Ferguson, Mo., and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by …

Blast at BP Refinery in Indiana Sparks Fire, Shakes Homes

An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Indiana rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn’t cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said. The explosion at …

‘Cops’ Film Crew Member Killed by Omaha Police Bullet

When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation. In the chaotic scene that …

Ohio Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Work Comp Fraud; Must Repay $300K

A Nelsonville (Athens County) chiropractor has been ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Michael L. Brown pleaded guilty Aug. 22 in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of …

Illinois Rideshare Bills Vetoed; Insurance Groups Urge Override

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Quinn said he vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill,” because it would have prevented …

Missouri Regulators Assisting Ferguson Businesses with Property Claims

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Insurance headed to Ferguson on Aug. 27 to assist businesses that experienced damage during recent protests with filing insurance claims and to answer questions about the claims process. The department said it is encouraging …

U. of Minnesota Enhancing Security After Crime Spike

University of Minnesota is stepping up security on the Twin Cities campus this year. Students may notice additional police, stricter access to buildings and more discussions about safety. With the Green Line light rail now stopping at the university and …

5 Years After Blast, Fire Kansas Town Begins Downtown Rebuild

A $3.5 million project to rebuild a downtown block of a central-Kansas community officially gets underway this week, five years after an explosion and fire damaged several businesses. A groundbreaking ceremony is being held for the redevelopment project in Anthony, …

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