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Iowa Drivers Can Download Licenses on Smartphones in 2018

Iowa residents should be able to start downloading their driver’s licenses onto their smartphones by late next year, according to state officials. The Iowa Department of Transportation conducted a pilot program with about 100 state employees who used state-issued iPhones …

Michigan High Court Rejects Appeal Over Cat Auto Fund Records

There will be no sunlight on the records of an auto insurance fund that touches every Michigan driver. The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal from a coalition of health care, labor and consumer groups. The groups …

Indianapolis 500 Drivers Insured Against the Unspeakable

At least half of the Indianapolis 500 field will share more than steely nerves and a love of speed. They have the same agent for insurance, including some policies they’d rather not contemplate. Life insurance. “To a T, they all …

Missouri Bill Seeks to Limit Recoverable Medical Costs in Injury Suits

Missouri lawmakers sent Gov. Eric Greitens a measure Thursday that would limit how much money people could receive for medical costs in injury lawsuits, the latest in a series of proposals that Republican supporters hope will make the state more …

Indiana Brothers Develop Device to Test Playground Safety

Every year in America, an estimated 21,000 kids 14 and younger go to the emergency rooms after suffering traumatic brain injuries on the playground. Chris Hanson, working as a salesman in the playground industry, wanted to do something to lower …

Railroad Takes Steps to Thwart Chicago Gun Thieves

A leading U.S. railroad says it has implemented new security measures at a Chicago rail yard where thieves in recent years have stolen about 150 guns, most of which The Associated Press found had ended up in the hands of …

Ohio Governor Says Manufactured Homes Should Be Regulated

Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes too many people are dying in manufactured homes, and he wants oversight of those homes transferred from an industry-controlled board to the state. Statistics compiled by the State Fire Marshal’s office show people living in …

Mock Car Crash Teaches Teens Dramatic Lesson on Driving Safety

Hayden Walker opened his eyes to see the inside of the zipper on a body bag. “It was terrifying. It very much felt real,” said Walker, a senior at Tri-Valley High School in Downs. Walker and four of his peers …

New Indiana Law Gives $10M to Better Railroad Intersections

Indiana’s most dangerous rail crossings could soon receive safety upgrades thanks to a new law which provides $10 million to improve crash-prone rail intersections. The (Northwest) Indiana Times reports the infrastructure funding legislation enacted last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb …

Woman Sues Missouri Police Agencies Over Son’s Chase Death

The mother of one of three men killed during a 2014 police chase is suing police agencies involved in the Missouri pursuit, insisting her son was an “innocent bystander” in the vehicle and had begged police to call off the …

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