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Kansas Launches Campaign Against Texting While Driving

Kansas has launched a campaign against texting while driving that includes a contest for university fans. The Kansas Department of Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer announced the campaign on Monday, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The campaign’s message, Don’t Text #Just Drive, …

Illinois Officials Encourage Road Safety During Harvest

Three state agencies are teaming up to keep drivers and farmers safe on central Illinois roads during harvest season. The Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police will promote a program called “Caution, Slow Down, Share …

Insurance Fight Prolongs Indiana Junk Yard’s Pollution

Five years of court battles haven’t resolved the blame game between a western Indiana junk yard and one of the nation’s largest insurance companies over water pollution. Valley Forge Insurance has spent millions of dollars in an attempt to stop …

Ruling in South Dakota 2013 Storm-Related Case Prompts Policy Reviews

Some ranchers are revisiting their insurance policies following a South Dakota Supreme Court ruling that allows a family in Quinn to collect insurance for cattle that drowned during a blizzard in 2013. The unanimous ruling issued in July has prompted …

Michigan OSHA to Conduct Surprise Inspections of Demolition Sites

Michigan’s workplace safety agency plans to step up unannounced inspections of demolition sites around the state to ensure workers are properly protected against hazards such as exposure to asbestos. The Detroit Free Press reports the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety …

Missouri Woman Awarded $507K for Needle Lodged in Her Back

A Missouri woman who has lived with a hypodermic needle lodged in her back for nearly seven years has been awarded a $507,000 judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that a St. Louis County jury …

Esurance Stages Car Crash in Chicago to Emphasize Don’t Catch and Drive

Esurance, an Allstate company, caused a bit of a scene. The home and auto insurer staged a fender bender to encourage safe driving, an important message to address the recent series of car accidents caused by people playing mobile games …

Court Rules Ohio Good Samaritan Immunity Law Covers Non-Medical Help

A divided Ohio Supreme Court says the state’s good Samaritan law applies to individuals trying to provide non-medical help in emergencies. The court ruled 4-3 Tuesday in favor of a man sued after his unsuccessful efforts to free another man …

Missouri Sees Rise in Workplace Deaths

Missouri has seen an increase in the number of workers killed while on the job, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Agency officials said 24 workplace deaths have been reported since October. The agency’s acting area director Todd …

Hit by Baseball, New Jersey Woman Sues Milwaukee Brewers

A New Jersey woman who was hit by a baseball during batting practice before a Brewers game in 2014 has now sued the team. Dana Morelli, 47, of Glendora, New Jersey, claims in her lawsuit that the Brewers and their …

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