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Joplin Schools Move to Supply Safe Rooms After Tornado

Since a tornado devastated Joplin in 2011, more than $100 million has been spent by school districts in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas to provide safe rooms for students, staff and patrons during severe weather, according to a newspaper analysis. …

Ohio BWC Proposes Private Employer Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is proposing to reduce overall premium rate levels for private employers beginning July 1, 2015. The 10.8 percent reduction would result in a decrease in projected annual premium of $153 million, the BWC. If …

South Dakota Wildlife Damage Program Helps Nearly 2K Landowners a Year

Northern Butte County is desolate. Few roads crisscross the wind-swept prairie where cattle and sheep and wildlife graze. But that same wind-swept prairie may make for one of the best offices in the world – but it’s one of the …

Weapon Held by Suspect in Most Minnesota Police-Related Deaths

A new analysis shows Minnesota law enforcement officers who shot and killed suspects faced volatile and varied situations, with those who were killed often holding a weapon. At least 60 people have been shot and killed by officers in the …

Weather Helped Reduce Michigan Wildfires in 2014

Officials say weather conditions including a long winter and a wet spring and summer combined to put a damper on wildfires across Michigan in 2014. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say that 167 wildfires statewide blackened a total …

Kansas Businesses Support State Takeover of OSHA Enforcement

A proposal that the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules from the federal government seems unlikely to pass this year but still has some support in the Kansas House. Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from …

Nebraska May Require Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors

An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in homes and apartments. A bill set for a legislative hearing Thursday would add Nebraska to a growing list of states that require the …

Minnesota Senate Backs Flood Aid Bill

A flood aid package meant to assist more than half of Minnesota’s counties rebound from severe flooding cleared the Minnesota Senate on Thursday. By a 65-0 vote, the Senate approved a bill providing $17 million in state assistance for recovery …

Nebraska Family of Boy Who Drowned at School Seeks $1M

The family of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at an Omaha, Neb., school last fall is seeking $1 million from the district. The Omaha World-Herald reports James Martin Davis submitted a claim to Omaha Public Schools this week on behalf …

Indiana City Adds Safety Measures to Reduce Liability at Popular Sledding Spot

A central Indiana city is taking steps to reduce its liability from a popular winter activity. Muncie’s parks department has placed bales of straw around trees at the bottom of a popular sledding hill in McCulloch Park. The department also …

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