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Deadly Illinois Tornado Raises Concerns on Warnings in Rural Areas

A deadly tornado in the small northern Illinois community of Fairdale earlier this month is raising questions about how best to warn rural residents about storms. Two people died in the storm. Fairdale, a community of about 150 people, has …

Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill to Reinstate Malpractice Award Caps

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps. The Missouri House voted 125-27 to …

City of Davenport Off Hook for Homeowners’ Sewer Backup Claims

A jury has sided with the city of Davenport and two of its officials in a negligence lawsuit brought against them after residents complained of sewer backups in 2013. The Scott County jury reached its verdict Friday, finding the city, …

Dissenting Plaintiff Attorney Not Happy With New NCAA Head Injury Deal

A dissenting plaintiff’s attorney told a federal judge Friday that a reworked class-action head-injury settlement with the NCAA is as bad as the one the same judge rejected in December – though other attorneys defended it. The hearing in U.S. …

Senate Panel OKs Changes to Michigan Auto Insurance Law

A legislative panel on Wednesday quickly approved changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law, voting to reduce how much insurers pay for medical care, establish an anti-fraud authority and create a new entity to cover expenses for people catastrophically hurt in …

Minnesota Agency Tells Firefighting Aircraft to Stay Away From Drones

A Minnesota state agency is telling pilots to disengage from fighting wildfires if they see an unmanned aircraft flying over a fire this season. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the new restrictions for wildfire-fighting planes and helicopters come from the …

Less Than 900 Michigan Traffic Deaths Reported in 2014

Authorities say Michigan traffic deaths totaled less than 900 last year for the first time since 2011. The state’s Office of Highway Safety Planning announced Monday that there were 876 traffic deaths in 2014, down 8 percent form 951 in …

Illinois Residents Allowed to Return to Tornado-Hit Town

Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area Saturday to assess damage and salvage what they could. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office bused residents into …

Court Orders Iowa Woman to Pay $61,000 to Ex-Landlord’s Insurer

A judge has ordered a woman to pay more than $61,000 to her former landlord’s insurance company, finding her at fault for a fire that destroyed a rented house in Mason City. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Judge …

Iowa Urged to Toughen up Teen Driver’s Licenses Rules

A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver’s licenses. The Des Moines Register reports that a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says Iowa could cut its rate of fatal teen accidents …

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