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Western Iowa Community Finds Flood Recovery a Long Process

HORNICK, Iowa — For a year now, every time Bob Nelson hears a flood watch has been issued, he’s up and out the door, no matter the time of day, checking on creeks and the West Fork of the Little …

6th Circuit Sides With Policyholder in Depreciation for Labor Costs Dispute

Ohio law does not allow Allstate to include labor costs when calculating the amount of depreciation for a property damage claim, a split panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, resolving a split among state appellate districts and …

Evers Proposes Flood Bills Even Though Assembly Is Done

MADISON, Wis. — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed a multimillion dollar package of legislation Tuesday designed to control spring flooding, hoping to convince Republicans to reconvene the state Assembly to pass them. Assembly Republicans adjourned their two-year session in February …

Fire Sweeps Illinois Recycling Center, Forces Evacuations

MADISON, Ill. — A fire swept through a recycling business in southwestern Illinois early Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of nearby homes, officials said. The fire began about 2 a.m. Wednesday at a Madison, Illinois, industrial park in the Metro-East area …

Iowa Court Drastically Cuts Insurer’s Payment to Paralyzed Worker

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dramatically reduced the compensation a paralyzed northeast Iowa man received from a jury in a lawsuit against an insurance company even while finding the company’s actions were “reprehensible.” Despite criticizing …

Advocates Say New Oil Safety Training Redundant

BISMARCK, N.D. — A new program designed to streamline required oilfield safety training in North Dakota has drawn thousands of people, but some say the training is redundant and time-consuming. More than 16,000 people have participated in the One Basin-One …

Minnesota Shuts Down Recycling Plant, Site of Massive Fire

MINNEAPOLIS — The state of Minnesota on Friday shut down a metal recycling company where a fire burned for days and sent up plumes of smoke. The state cited “imminent and substantial danger” to the public, the Star Tribune reported. …

Michigan To Educate Drivers About New Personal Injury Protection Law

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s top insurance regulator said the state is committed to helping drivers navigate a new law that will let motorists save money by foregoing unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries. The state Department of Insurance and Financial …

Daughter of Duck Boat Accident Victim Slams Missouri Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A woman whose father was among the 17 people who died after a tourist duck boat sank in a Missouri lake condemned a bill Tuesday that would limit when companies can be sued over products that …

Worker Who Blames Carrier for Suicide Attempt Can’t Sue in Tort

An injured worker may not pursue a tort claim against a workers’ compensation carrier that he accuses of negligence by denying payment for antidepressants, prompting him to attempt suicide, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled. The court’s District III on …

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