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Rise in Business Burglaries Seen in Rapid City

Rapid City, S.D., police are investigating a rash of business burglaries. Since Oct. 12, 11 burglaries have been reported at a variety of businesses, from restaurants to office buildings. The majority of the break-ins happened overnight. Police say in most …

Iowa Man Defrauded $2.7M From Illinois Insurer

Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and …

Missouri Steel Fabricator Fined $52K for Workplace Hazards

A St. Louis, Mo., steel fabricator has been fined more than $50,000 by a federal agency for 15 workplace safety violations. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Continental Fabricators Inc. following an unspecified number of …

University of Illinois Basketball Court Sustains Water Damage

The University of Illinois says it is evaluating the condition of the basketball court inside the State Farm Center after several inches of storm water backed up inside the arena. The university said on its athletics website that the water …

Brief Hail Storm Causes Minor Damage in Northern Wisconsin

A fall storm pounded parts of northern Wisconsin with golf ball-sized hail. Peshtigo and Oconto Falls are among communities hit overnight. Residents tell WBAY-TV the hail was brief, about 5 to 10 minutes that some described as “roaring” sound. No …

Newly Installed Gas Line Blamed After Blast Levels Ohio Home

A fire chief says a central Ohio neighborhood had a new gas line installed recently and some residents smelled gas in the days before an explosion leveled a two-story home and killed a family’s dog. Newark’s interim fire chief, Patrick …

Nebraska to Continue Using Trinity Guardrails Until FHA Says Otherwise

Nebraska officials say they will continue using a highway guardrail system that has been the focus of safety concerns until the Federal Highway Administration says it shouldn’t. The Lincoln Journal Star reports Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus guardrail system has been used …

Upper Peninsula Trail Work to Increase Visibility, Safety

Work is beginning on an Upper Peninsula trail to clear overgrown sections and address safety issues caused by poor visibility. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says contractors will start working to clear vegetation from five segments of the Houghton-to-Chassell …

Thieves Stealing From Boats Along Northern Indiana River

Police say thieves have been taking batteries and other items from boats docked along a northern Indiana river near South Bend. St. Joseph County police have received more than a dozen theft reports over the past couple weeks from boat …

Michigan Workplace Fatality Rate Declines

Michigan’s rate of job-related deaths has decreased in recent years even as more people enter the workforce following the economic recession. The Detroit News reports federal data show Michigan’s rate of workplace fatalities declined from 3.6 per 100,000 workers in …

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