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Iowa Hotel Settles with Guest Who Was Raped in Room

An Iowa hotel has settled a lawsuit with a New Jersey woman who was raped and battered after the front desk gave the attacker her room key. Attorneys for Cheri Marchionda say the operators of the Embassy Suites Hotel in …

Ohio Doctor, Hospital Facing 15th Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A 15th wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a now-fired intensive care doctor who’s under investigation for ordering possibly fatal pain medication doses for dozens of patients. Many of the lawsuits allege patients in the …

North Dakota Bills Aim to Improve Medical Marijuana Access

As North Dakota’s Health Department enters the final stages of implementing a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana, state lawmakers are considering proposals that would make it easier for patients to get doctor approval for the drug. Medical marijuana advocates …

Minnesota High Court: No Primary Assumption of Risk in Skiing, Snowboarding

Minnesota’s high court has declined to expand the state’s doctrine of implied primary assumption of risk to recreational skiing and snowboarding. The Minnesota Supreme Court came to that conclusion in Soderberg v. Anderson, published Jan. 23, 2019. The case involves …

Iowa Will Pay $4M to Victims of Sex Harassment by Former Director

The state of Iowa agreed Monday to pay $4.15 million in settlements to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who was a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds. The payments will go …

Rapid Thaw Wreaks Havoc on Pipes, Roadways in Midwest

Much of the Midwest experienced a rapid thaw after last week’s polar vortex sent wind chill temperatures plummeting below minus-50 in some places. But the transition to warmer conditions threatens a new set of problems. Ruptured water mains, leaky pipes …

Illinois High Court Says Mom Can Sue Six Flags for Fingerprinting Son

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that a woman can sue Six Flags Great America for fingerprinting her child without telling her how the data would be used in violation of the state’s biometric law, which privacy advocates consider to …

Missouri Lawmakers Focus on Limiting Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel

Missouri lawmakers have introduced at least six separate proposals since last month to restrict the use of cellphones while driving. Missouri has seen the numbers of cellphone-related traffic crashes increase by 35 percent since 2014, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. …

Illinois Wind Farms May Interfere With Weather App Radar

Wind farms in central Illinois may be interfering with the radar on weather apps, and residents should watch out for such disparities when using the resources, according to local meteorologists. Chris Miller, a warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather …

Report: Missouri Ranks Third Worst for Driver Safety Laws

A new report ranks Missouri near the bottom of all states for driver safety laws, at a time when distracted driving is happening at a high rate. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a national roadway safety coalition, has released …

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