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A Community Ponders Role of Drugmakers in Opioid Struggle

JACKSON, Ohio — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live …

Kansas Patients Can Now Win Big in Doctor Malpractice Suits

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Brenda Lundeen went in for routine surgery to relieve heavy periods. What the Overland Park mom and grade school teacher got was a nightmare, as a medical mistake caused 194-degree water to pour through a hole …

Rochester Wage Theft Case Poses Test for New State Law

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A group of Rochester-area construction workers are pursuing a wage theft claim, testing a new state law that aims to clamp down on companies that don’t pay for labor. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials said …

After Brutal Spring Floods, U.S. Farmers Face Big Losses

The planting season ended more than a month ago, but much of 39-year-old Greg McGlinch’s 450-acre farm in Darke County, Ohio, is either under water or still saturated from record spring rains. Together with his father, McGlinch, a fifth-generation crop …

Insurer Off the Hook for Claim Because Pilot Skipped Simulator Training

The co-pilot never attended flight simulator school, but the chief pilot let him take the wheel anyway. The plane crash-landed at the Aspen, Colorado airport. Nobody was hurt, but the owner of the airplane will not collect on its $5 …

Wisconsin Supreme Court Backs Enbridge in Dane County Case

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn’t need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government’s insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill. …

Homes to be Raised, but it’s Uncertain who will Pay the Bill

BELLEVUE, Neb. — A suburb of Omaha has condemned 195 flood-damaged homes, but it’s unclear who will be paying the expected bill of more than $1 million to raze them. The Bellevue City Council decided Tuesday that the mobile and …

Judge Tosses Suit over Northwest Iowa City’s Odor Ordinance

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A northwest Iowa company that’s been fined thousands of dollars for the stink coming from its plant lost its lawsuit targeting the city of Sibley’s odor ordinance. Judge Leonard Strand of the U.S. District Court in …

Wisc. Court Upholds Subrogation Waiver in Construction Contract

A subrogation waiver in a construction contract blocks an insurer’s claim against a contractor whose alleged shoddy construction caused the collapse of a barn that cost more than $600,000 to replace, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a split decision. …

‘Burning River’ Loses Sting in Cleveland 50 Years After Fire

CLEVELAND — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River’s most famous fire, a plucky new generation of Cleveland artists and entrepreneurs has turned the old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of local pride. “Everybody …

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