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Iowa DNR Admits Prescribed Burn Protocol Wasn’t Followed

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it failed to follow protocol during a prescribed burn that spread and damaged some properties in Benton County. The department says officials failed to contact the National Weather Service about conditions for Benton …

North Dakota Workers’ Comp Agency Sues Aon eSolutions

North Dakota’s workers’ compensation agency has sued a Chicago company over a failed $17 million computer system overhaul. The Workforce Safety and Insurance agency filed its lawsuit last month in state court against Aon eSolutions Inc. to recoup costs associated …

Illinois DOT Changes Work Zone Signs to Address Increased Speed Limit

Illinois transportation officials say they’re adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased on some rural highways. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports motorists are being warned of construction projects with extra signs, …

Kansas Jogger’s Death Spurs Lawsuit

The family of a Wichita, Kansas, doctor killed by a hit-and-run driver has filed a lawsuit against the driver and the driver’s employer. William H. Whiteside was struck and killed by a car in April 2012 while he was out …

Historic St. Louis Church Collapses

A St. Louis church with a long history is in ruins after a sudden collapse, and the school next door is closed for safety reasons. KSDK-TV reports that Bethlehem Lutheran Church stood for nearly 120 years in north St. Louis …

The Potential Liability Rule Inapplicable in a Priest Molestation Case

Some courts have adopted the so-called “potential liability standard” in determining whether an insurance company is obligated to indemnify the insured for a settled claim. As an example, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Luria Bros. & Co. v. …

Indiana Injured Worker Medical Costs Rising: WCRI

The costs per claim of medical care for injured workers in Indiana were higher than most states and growing faster, according to a new 16-state report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, CompScopeMedical Benchmarks for Indiana 14th …

Wisconsin Furniture Store Destroyed by Fire

Firefighters from at least seven departments responded to a blaze that’s destroyed a furniture store in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Slumberland Furniture at the Black Hawk Junction mall went up in flames Sunday night. Nearby businesses sustained smoke damage and …

Ohio Coast Guard Number One in Drunken Boating Arrests

A U.S. Coast Guard station that watches over western Lake Erie led the nation in drunken boating arrests last year. The Coast Guard says officers with Marblehead, Ohio, station charged 67 people with boating under the influence in 2013. The …

Missouri Mine Accident Leaves 2 Workers Dead

Two workers fell to their deaths on April 11 inside a southeast Missouri mine that has been the site of two other fatal accidents since 2000. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday at a lime mine operated by the …

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