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Missouri to Become Last State to Create Drug-Monitoring Plan

Missouri became the final state to create a prescription drug-monitoring program after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order Monday aimed at combating a scourge that killed more than 900 residents last year. The monitoring program could be operating …

Minnesota Driver Claims Tesla Autopilot Caused Car Crash

Tesla Inc. shares dropped Monday after a Minnesota man claimed his vehicle suddenly accelerated after he engaged the car’s driver-assistance system and crashed into a marsh. Dave Clark, 58, told police the 2016 vehicle left the roadway after he activated …

Flooding Affects Some 6800 Buildings North of Chicago

Illinois officials said Friday some 6,800 buildings have been affected by “unprecedented” flooding north of Chicago, and the damage is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin. “Folks think ‘Well it’s not …

Wisconsin Appeals Court Upholds $39M Verdict in Parking Garage Death

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has upheld a $39 million jury verdict against the builder of a Milwaukee parking garage where a 15-year-old boy was killed in 2010 when a concrete slab fell. A 13-ton panel that fell in a …

Minnesota Cracks Down on Speeding With Campaign

Law enforcement from 300 Minnesota agencies have started a speeding enforcement campaign that runs through July 23. The state’s two-week crackdown coincides with a national effort and is paid for with funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The …

Wisconsin Appeals Court Erases $750K Medical Malpractice Damages Cap

Wisconsin’s cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state Supreme Court will almost certainly review the ruling. If it stands it …

New Law Prompts Some Kansas Cities to Close Water Slides

Some Kansas cities are closing water slides at pools and aquatic centers this summer at least until confusion over a new state law that increased regulation of amusement park rides is cleared up. The law, which took effect July 1, …

North Dakota Rail Oil Safety Program May Be Shelved

The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil. The pilot program, which includes two rail safety inspectors and a …

Arsonists Plague Illinois City

Dealing with a fire can be a serious problem on its own and becomes even more intense when people set buildings ablaze deliberately. That’s the issue in South Peoria, Ill., in late 2016 and earlier this year when a rash …

North Dakota May Stop Rail Inspections Aimed at Derailments

The end of the line may be in sight for a North Dakota safety program aimed at lowering the risk of disastrous train derailments involving the state’s crude oil. The pilot program, which includes two rail safety inspectors and a …

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