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Illinois County Pay $3M to Settle Case Over Missing Stop Sign in Fatal Crash
October 18, 2018
A northern Illinois county has agreed to a $3 million settlement with the family of a pregnant woman who was killed in a crash at a rural intersection where a stop sign was missing. The May 2013 crash near the …

Floodwaters in Central Texas Destroy Bridge, Force Evacuations
October 18, 2018
Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun …

WCIRB Studied Impact of Medical Fraud Enforcement in California
October 17, 2018
The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California has released a study that shows the impact of medical provider fraud on the system, and it finds that efforts by the state as well as local district attorneys and insurer special …

Insurer Group Hammers Claim that California Prop 103 Saved Drivers Billions
October 17, 2018
The insurance industry is taking exception to a new report commemorating the 30th anniversary of one of California’s primary auto insurance laws that claims the law has saved drivers billions of dollars. The Consumer Federation of America reported on …

Texas DOT Report: Crashed Oklahoma School Bus Was Traveling Too Fast
October 17, 2018
An Oklahoma school bus that hydroplaned on a wet road and crashed in Central Texas last month, injuring nearly everyone on board, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation report. The …

Louisiana Contractor Awarded $62M in Fertilizer Plant Lawsuit
October 17, 2018
A federal jury has awarded a Louisiana mechanical contractor hired to help build a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa $62.4 million after concluding the fertilizer plant’s general contractor defaulted on a contract. Court documents show the jury foun …

Barge-Mounted Crane Hits Louisiana Bridge; Closing it for Months
October 17, 2018
A barge-mounted crane has slammed into a Louisiana bridge, shuttering a travel artery for what Louisiana officials say will be at least a few months. Operators for Marquette Transportation hit the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville early Friday mornin …

Fiery Indiana Freight Derailment Blamed on Buckled Track
October 17, 2018
Officials say a buckled stretch of track is believed to have caused a fiery freight train derailment in southwestern Indiana that belched black smoke into the sky and forced the evacuation of nearby homes. The Evansville Courier & Press reports … …

Nebraska City Sues Owner of Grain Elevator That Exploded
October 17, 2018
South Sioux City, Nebraska, has sued the owner of the grain elevator that exploded earlier this year. The lawsuit against Andersen Farms Inc. and Bryce Andersen was filed last week in Dakota County District Court. It seeks reimbursement of more …

Firefighters Sue Southern California Gas Company Over Toxic Leak
October 17, 2018
Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive natural gas leak have sued the Southern California Gas Co., saying the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A blowout in a well …

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