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Southwest Ohio Blast That Damaged Almost 50 Buildings ‘Suspicious’

Authorities are calling “suspicious” a natural gas explosion that leveled a vacant home and damaged 48 nearby structures in Dayton, Ohio. Assistant Fire Chief Michael Caudill says investigators aren’t sure what would have caused the gas to ignite. One possible …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Agency Proposes 6.3% Cut in Rates

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) staff proposed that the Board of Directors approve a 6.3 percent reduction to base rates beginning July 1. If approved, this cut would mark the eighth consecutive year in which private sector rates have …

Indiana Counties Hit by January Storm Get FEMA Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by a January storm that brought paralyzing snow and frigid readings. FEMA officials had initially rejected Indiana’s request for federal aid for local governments and some …

Wisconsin High Court Reduces $1M Damages Award

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reduced a $1 million damage award against a title insurance company in a Door County property dispute. The case stems from a dispute over whether Robert and Judith Kimble had an easement granting them a …

Ann Arbor Hosting Connected Vehicles Conference

Industry, academic and policy experts are in Ann Arbor, Mich., this week for a connected cars conference. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is hosting the 2014 Global Symposium on Connected Vehicles and Infrastructure. The event runs Monday through …

Ohio State University Student Settles Injury Lawsuit for $12,500

The state Court of Claims says an Ohio State University student who was hit by a university-owned bus in a crosswalk has settled a lawsuit against the school for $12,500. The court said Monday that Connor Fox and OSU settled …

Man Pleads to DUI in Illinois Highway Worker’s Death

A southern Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday to four felonies alleging he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker and injured three others. Michael Jeter, 36, of West Frankfort entered the pleas …

550 Cited in Minnesota for Texting While Driving During Crackdown

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says law enforcement officers across Minnesota cited 550 people for texting while driving during a recent 10-day crackdown on distracted driving. The enhanced enforcement campaign by more than 400 departments this month also netted …

Gerhart: U.S. Has a Good Story to Tell at the Global Insurance Symposium

The state of Iowa on May 20-22, 2014, will host its first ever Global Insurance Symposium, a privately funded event that aims to bring insurance professionals and regulators from around the world together to discuss the challenges facing the global …

Iowa Bowling Alley Owner, Employee Charged With Arson

A northwest Iowa bar and bowling alley owner and one of her employees have been accused of setting a fire to collect insurance money. Authorities say 36-year-old Kristina Manasil owned the Budd-Z’s Sports Bar and Grill and its bowling alley …

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