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Michigan High Court Hears Shopper Death Case on Big Box Parking Lot Safety

The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could have sweeping consequences for big-box stores in the state. The case was filed by the family of Virginia Rawluszki, who eventually died of her injuries after being struck …

Michigan Sinkhole Repair Cost Estimated at More Than $78M

The cost to fix a broken sewer line that caused a football field-sized sinkhole north of Detroit, Mich., is estimated at more than $78 million, Macomb County’s new public works chief says. The project’s cost could rise above $100 million …

Ohio Supreme Court Considers Traffic Camera Use Again

For the third time in less than a decade, the use of traffic cameras by Ohio cities is before the state Supreme Court. Attorneys for the city of Dayton will Tuesday urge the justices to reject a law passed by …

Kansas Energy Company Increases its Use of Drones

Westar Energy is increasing the use of drones for such things as inspecting equipment, navigating remote areas and managing some emergencies, as the utility tries to improve safety and efficiency while also saving money, company officials said. Westar and Kansas …

A Year Later, St. Louis Continues to Rebuild After Rare Winter Flood

A year after a rare winter flood devastated parts of suburban St. Louis, many residents and businesses are continuing to pick up the pieces. Heavy rains in December 2015 caused widespread flooding in eastern Missouri, the worst of it along …

Artifacts Related to 1876 Ohio Train Tragedy Still Turning Up

It’s been 140 years since a train disaster killed nearly 100 people when a bridge collapsed over a river in far northeast Ohio, but Dave Tobias is still looking for artifacts from the tragedy. As a young boy, Tobias lived …

Increased Drunken Driving Penalties Begin on Jan. 1 in Wisconsin

Repeat drunken drivers will face more time behind bars in Wisconsin starting New Year’s Day under a law the state Legislature passed overwhelmingly nearly a year ago. The new law doesn’t make the first offense a criminal violation, leaving Wisconsin …

Ohio High Court Rules 5 Officers Sued Over Chase Injuries Not Liable

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that five police officers sued by a woman injured during a high-speed chase are immune from legal liability. There was disagreement among the justices on immunity standards. The majority ruled that officers chasing suspects …

Illinois Conceal and Carry Classes Aim at Increasing Gun Safety

Jim Owens, a former Decatur, Ill., police officer, teaches his students a lot more than how to shoot straight and load their weapons. The motto of his concealed carry instruction school is “win the fight,” which translates to surviving an …

Despite DUI Enforcement, Minnesota Boating Fatalities Remain High

Boating fatalities in Minnesota remain high despite stepped-up efforts to stop people from going out on the water while intoxicated. The state Department of Natural Resources reports there were 17 boating-related deaths in Minnesota in 2016, and 18 last year, …

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