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Small Group of Chicago Cops Cost $34M in Misconduct Settlements

A group of 124 Chicago police officers has cost the city $34 million in misconduct settlements since 2009, according to a newspaper report. While the officers represent a fraction of the police force’s roughly 12,000 officers, they are identified in …

Wisconsin Legislators Consider Amish Road Safety Concerns

Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker. Republican State Rep. Bob Kulp of Stratford hopes the Amish communities in Wisconsin would be open to a …

Road Damage Worries at Heart of Nebraska Bill Aimed at Heavy Farming Equipment

Farmers rumbling down the road in feed trucks are a common sight in Nebraska, but they may be breaking the law. Tractors, fertilizer spreaders and other heavy farm implements fall into a legal gray area on the state’s roads, creating …

South Dakota Bill Seeks to Clarify Workers’ Comp Law

A bill introduced in the South Dakota House would clarify state law on when part-time employees injured on the job should also receive workers’ compensation benefits for their other part-time positions. The proposed legislation stems from a 2015 state Supreme …

New Suit Aimed at Replacing Flint’s Lead Pipes

Environmental and civil rights groups are asking a federal judge to order the prompt replacement of all lead pipes in Flint’s water system to ensure residents of the Michigan city have a safe drinking supply. A lawsuit filed Wednesday morning …

Ohio Fatal Overpass Collapse Review Continues a Year Later

A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man’s family struggles with his loss. The Jan. …

Another Trial in Deadly Indiana House Blast Tied to Insurance Fraud

The half brother of a man serving two life sentences in a deadly 2012 Indianapolis house explosion that devastated a subdivision is facing a weekslong trial for his alleged role in the blast, which prosecutors say was a scheme to …

Employers Rethink Zero Tolerance Alcohol Policy to Boost Engagement

Employees at Eli Lilly and Co.’s corporate headquarters need not hoof it to the nearest watering hole if they want to unwind with a beer after work. The pharmaceutical giant boasts its own bar and restaurant on its downtown campus, …

Wisconsin Legislators Endorse Higher Payouts for Wrongful Convictions

A state Senate committee unanimously approved a bipartisan bill Wednesday to dramatically increase the payout for people wrongly convicted of crimes in Wisconsin. Such payouts are now capped at $5,000 for year spent behind bars, with a maximum of $25,000. …

‘Robotic Falcon’ Can Capture, Retrieve Renegade Drones

In January 2015, a Washington, DC, hobbyist accidentally flew his DJI Phantom quadcopter drone over the White House fence and crashed it on the lawn. Two years earlier, a prankster sent his drone toward German prime minister Angela Merkel during …

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