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Walz’s $518M Bonding Bill Includes Money to Rebuild Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $518 million capital investment package Monday that includes $150 million for rebuilding neighborhoods hit by unrest after the death of George Floyd last May and $43 million in security upgrades for the …

Congregations Still Recovering From August’s Derecho

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP )– First Assembly of God looked like a “war zone” after the Aug. 10 derecho. Two-thirds of the roof was ripped and water poured into the sanctuary of the building at 3233 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE …

Crews to Lower Spillway Connected to Failed Michigan Dam

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Crews will begin lowering a spillway connected to a dam that failed last year and contributed to massive flooding in parts of mid-Michigan. The Edenville Dam Tobacco River spillway will be lowered by more than 20 …

Charges: Man Shot Staff One by One in Medical Clinic Attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who shot five staff members at a Minnesota health clinic this week shot two of them in the reception area before heading back to where patients are treated and shooting three others, including a medical …

Michigan Man Killed by Baby Shower Cannon Was Near Explosion

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was fatally injured when a cannon exploded in a backyard during a baby shower was within 15 feet of the device when the blast occurred, police said. Evan Thomas Silva, 26, …

Efforts in Cedar Rapids Prompt Drop in Flood Insurance Rates

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — When the Cedar River flooded over 10 square miles of the city in 2008, few property owners had flood insurance _ slowing recovery for residents and business owners as they waited for resources from the …

Wisconsin’s Mink Farming Industry Now Seen at Risk of COVID

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first sign of trouble was that the mink stopped eating, said Hugh Hildebrandt, one of two main mink vets in Wisconsin. Next came coughing and sneezing, lethargy and labored breathing. Hildebrandt had worked with mink …

Illinois Supreme: Medical Providers May Not Attach Injured Workers’ Awards in Bankruptcy Court

Medical providers cannot use bankruptcy court to collect unpaid bills owed by bankrupt injured workers, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a decision published Thursday. A three-judge panel of the high court, answering a certified question by the 7th Circuit …

Michigan Task Force Set to Make Dam Safety Recommendations

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group responsible for offering new safety measures after two Michigan dams failed last summer destroying 150 houses and causing over $200 million damage delayed sending the governor its final recommendations, which include increased monitoring of …

Lawsuit Tests State’s Request That Insurers Be Generous With Civil Unrest Claims

A lawsuit filed by the owner of a Chicago hotel and its rooftop bar will put to test a request by the Illinois Insurance Department that insurers disregard any slowdown caused by COVID-19 when calculating business income lost due to …

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