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Several Kansas Turnpike Accident Hotspots Located Near Lawrence

Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

South Dakota City Council Considers Requiring Soil Tests for New Homes

Contractors building homes in Rapid City, S.D., could soon be required to test soil conditions at building sites after homeowners complained of severe damage caused by expansive soils. The Rapid City Council is considering the proposed change to the city’s …

Thousands of Mopeds, Scooters Registered Under New Indiana Law

Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

Some Detroit Drivers ‘Driving Dirty’ to Avoid High Auto Insurance Premiums

Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit, Mich., are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents can’t afford the Motor City’s highest-in-the-nation auto premiums, which top $5,000 a year in some neighborhoods. …

Scientists Research Midwest’s Nighttime Thunderstorms

The radar screens in the jetliner show massive storm systems around Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, growing and beginning to merge. Any commercial aircraft in the area have already diverted. But this DC-8 heads right between the storms. Then it …

M City Offers 32 Acre City for Self Driving Vehicle Research

A simulated city opened Monday on the north campus of the University of Michigan to test how self-driving cars will travel in the future without mowing down pedestrians or causing colossal crashes. “We had the faculty here at the university …

Swiss Re Report Suggests New Madrid Quake Could Cause $300B in Damage

The Midwest’s New Madrid seismic zone is often eclipsed by San Andreas fault because of its less glamorous location and lower level of seismic activity, but our research indicates it’s a potentially crippling economic threat that warrants serious consideration. The …

Man Gets Murder Conviction in Deadly Indiana House Blast Fraud Case

A jury convicted an Indianapolis man of murder, arson and insurance fraud Tuesday for his role in a house explosion that decimated a subdivision nearly three years ago, killing a couple living in the neighborhood. The jury found 46-year-old Mark …

Missing Word Leads to Reversal of Nebraska Workers’ Comp Ruling in Favor of Employee

The omission of one word in a workers’ compensation court ruling favoring a co-op employee hurt during a company party led the Nebraska Supreme Court to reverse the ruling on Friday. The case stems from a 2010 cookout held by …

Ohio Mails $255M in Workers’ Comp Overcharges, Drops Appeal

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has paid hundreds of millions to state employers overcharged for insurance premiums and has dropped its appeal of a decision that led to the payments. The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday granted bureau administrator …

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