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Missouri Duck Boat Captain Indicted After Sinking Kills 17

Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 …

Ohio’s New Distracted Driving Law Now in Effect

A new Ohio law aimed at cutting down on distracted driving in the state went into effect on Oct. 29. The Ohio Department of Public Safety says House Bill 95 will be a significant distracted driving deterrent and an effective …

Ohio to Consider Medical Pot for Opioid Addiction

An Ohio physician and medial professor believes medical cannabis should be used to treat opioid addiction in a state that saw a record number of overdose deaths last year. Dr. F. Stuart Leeds has been preparing data and research to …

Sunken Duck Boat Water Pump Replacement Raises Questions

Records show a water pump had been replaced with a less powerful system in a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The Kansas City Star reports that the original Higgins pump, which is capable …

Opioids, Tobacco Caused 14K Indiana Deaths in 2017

Opioids and tobacco claimed the lives of 14,200 Indiana residents last year, costing the state $12.6 billion in healthcare expenses, lost productivity and other economic damages, two new reports say. The studies released last week by the Richard M. Fairbanks …

Judge Rules for Insurer in Nebraska Wrongful Conviction Case

A Nebraska judge has ruled that an insurance provider doesn’t have to cover the legal debt of a Nebraska county that wrongfully convicted six people in a 1985 rape and murder. Lancaster County District Judge Jodi L. Nelson ruled Thursday …

Ohio High Court: Subcontractor’s Faulty Work Not Covered by GC’s Policy

The Ohio Supreme Court in early October ruled that a general contractor’s commercial general liability policy (CGL) does not cover the faulty work of a subcontractor. In its consideration of Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc., the court …

Contractor Mismarked Gas Line Before Deadly Blast

A utility-location worker failed to properly mark a natural gas line in a Madison, Wis., suburb this summer, leading to an explosion that leveled more than half a dozen buildings and killed a firefighter, according to court documents. A search …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules a Single Occurrence Applies in Fire Case

In a ruling published this week, Wisconsin’s highest court reversed and remanded a court of appeals decision that found a fire loss constituted multiple occurrences. At issue, was whether a $2 million aggregate limit or $500,000 per occurrence limit applied …

Missouri Landfill Operator Sues for Help with EPA Cleanup

The operator of a suburban St. Louis, Mo., landfill where an underground fire smolders near illegally dumped radioactive waste is suing the drugmaker whose predecessor processed the Cold War-era nuclear material. Bridgeton Landfill LLC seeks help paying for the $205 …

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