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South Dakota Bridge Takes 29 Hits Without Damage

A low-clearance railroad bridge in Pierre, S.D., continues to win battles with semitrailers that seem drawn to it like a magnet. The latest truck to crash into the problematic bridge over South Pierre Street didn’t hurt the structure, but an …

Engineer Wants to Turn Missouri’s I-70 Into Smart Road

The following is about infrastructure. Don’t nod off just yet. To be specific, it’s about pavement – basic, boring road surface. In the six decades since Interstate 70 began to creep across Missouri, how we view pavement hasn’t changed much. …

Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Claims Fall to Record Low

The Director of State Courts in Wisconsin says medical malpractice claims hit a record low last year. The number of medical malpractice lawsuits fell to 84 last year from 140 in 2013. In 1999, there were 294 suits filed. The …

Underground Explosion Blasts Indianapolis Manhole Covers Into Air

Underground explosions shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month. It wasn’t immediately clear …

FEMA Gives South Dakota County Ultimatum, Flood Insurance Rates Could Rise

More than 400 homeowners whose property lies along the Missouri River could end up paying a $50 surcharge on their flood insurance if county officials in southeast South Dakota do not meet a federal deadline. The Federal Emergency Management Agency …

Bills That Could Raise Speed Limit, Allow Booze Sample go to Wisconsin Governor

Wisconsin drivers will be able to go faster in their cars, and snag free samples of hard liquor on their way home, under a pair of bills passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature on Tuesday. Both measures are limited …

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Arson, Fraud Plot Involving Overinsured Homes

A man implicated in an arson-and-fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, 31, of Kansas City, Missouri, entered the pleas Monday …

State Farm Given Okay to Use Drones for Damage Assessments

State Farm has become the first insurer in the United States to receive FAA permission to test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial use. The decision provides the Illinois-based insurer the opportunity to research drone technology and potentially deploy it …

Kansas Workers’ Comp Changes Spark Lawsuit Fears

A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings. Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an …

Majority of Iowa Parents Waive Teen Driving Restriction

An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt their kids out of the requirement. According to data …

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