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New Emergency Alert System Launched in Iowa

The state has launched a new emergency alert system to warn residents of tornadoes, chemical spills or other dangers. The Legislature approved the Alert Iowa System earlier this year. The annual cost of running it is expected to be about …

Police in Gary Search Abandoned Homes Prior to Demolition

Gary, Ind., police are combing through abandoned houses to check for bodies before the city begins bulldozing thousands of vacant buildings. Police said Tuesday that authorities didn’t have direct information there are more victims of 43-year-old former Marine Darren Vann, …

NHL Concussion Class Action Suit Filed in Minnesota Federal Court

The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court. Attorneys for the ex-players filed the complaint in Minnesota. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard …

Minnesota Seeing Rise in Farm Equipment Accidents

Electric co-ops in Minnesota say they’re seeing more cases of farm machinery hitting poles or overhead lines, causing costly and potentially dangerous scenarios. They say the increase in accidents is a result of bigger farm equipment. Federated Rural Electric, based …

Former Claims Adjuster Ordered to Repay Farm Bureau $20,000 in Fraud Case

A former insurance adjuster was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution for insurance fraud involving wrecked vehicles, according to an announcement by the Kansas Insurance Department. The Ford County District Court late last month sentenced Eric …

Former Boston Scientific Engineer Accused of Fraud

A former Boston Scientific engineer has pleaded not guilty to stealing trade secrets from his employer. Forty-seven-year-old Aaron Quoc Khieu, of Maple Grove, Minn.,has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 14 counts of wire fraud and theft of …

Detroit Firefighters’ Saws Stolen While Fighting Blaze

Two saws used by Detroit, Mich., firefighters while responding to emergencies have been stolen from a truck while crews battled a blaze, a firefighter said. The theft took place early Sunday in a three-block area that firefighter Jeremy Mullins said …

Cleanup Still Ongoing for Year Old North Dakota Oil Spill

One year after a pipeline rupture flooded a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota with more than 20,000 barrels of crude, Tesoro Corp. is still working around the clock cleaning up the oil spill – one of the largest to …

EMC Insurance Office to Replace Downtown Des Moines Buildings

An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines, Iowa, structures to make room for a new office building. EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton tells The Des Moines Register that crews will begin tearing down the three brick …

New Crop Insurance Program to Aid Small Farmers

Small farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who once were unable to insure their crops will get a chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. The Bismarck Tribune reports small and mid-size producers will be able …

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