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Malpractice Damages Law Ruled Unconstitutional in North Dakota

A state district judge has ruled that North Dakota’s law limiting damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional. The case involved a 35-year-old Fort Yates woman who suffered a disabling stroke in 2012 due to a botched surgery at CHI …

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Rules Poised for Approval

North Dakota’s State Health Council is poised to sign off on administrative rules for medical marijuana amid uncertainty over whether the federal government might crack down on state marijuana operations. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded an Obama …

Ohio DOT Will Require Fencing After Sandbag Hits Car, Kills Man

The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning to require fencing at some overpass construction sites after a Michigan man was killed when a sandbag was tossed onto an interstate and smashed through a car windshield. The department is drafting a …

Smoky Skies Due to Western Wildfires on Tap for Minnesota

Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix, an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, told Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires, such as the …

Ohio Panel Suggests Ride Safety Review After Fatal Fair Accident

A state advisory board has agreed to form a new committee to review the amusement ride inspection process in an effort to improve the public’s perceptions about ride safety after a deadly accident last summer at the Ohio State Fair. …

Iowa Judge Rejects ‘Bachelor’ Star’s Fatal Accident Law Challenge

An Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star is fighting to avoid prison after driving his pickup into the back of a tractor and killing a neighbor. Chris Soules, who became known as “Prince Farming” during his 2015 appearance on “The Bachelor” and …

Indiana Board Unblocks Local Carbon Monoxide Detector Rules

An Indiana board has approved proposals from two local governments to require carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties after blocking those efforts over the past few months. The state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission voted Wednesday to let the …

Ex-Indianapolis Employee Files ‘Chronic Body Odor’ Lawsuit

Indianapolis is being sued by a former courts official who alleges that she was fired after she installed air fresheners to combat a co-worker’s body odor. Amber Bridges’ federal lawsuit says she was fired last year for creating a hostile …

Motor State Michigan Tries to Accommodate Bikes

In the capital of the U.S. auto industry, drivers have been slow to accept that more Americans are choosing bicycles over cars for commuting or for fun and exercise. While other states adopted bike-friendly safety laws to accommodate cycling’s soaring …

Ohio Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Insurer in Sex Harassment Case

Last month, a federal judge in Ohio’s Northern District Court ruled in favor of Zurich American Insurance Company, granting the insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a case involving a dispute over payment of two sexual harassment claims. Scott Fetzer …

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