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Montana Jury Awards $4.3M in Train Crash Lawsuit

A Cascade County, Mont. jury has awarded $4.3 million in damages to a BNSF Railway employee who was injured in a July 2011 train collision caused by a switching error. The Great Falls Tribune reported conductor Michael Schnittgen was injured … Continue reading

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$28M Verdict Upheld in Wyoming Carbon Monoxide Case

A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $28.2 million damage award to a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in the apartment she was renting in Casper, Wyo. Amber Lompe … Continue reading

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Big Money Spent on South Dakota Doctor Choice Ads

Activists on both sides of the “any willing provider” ballot measure that would give South Dakota patients more choice of in-network doctors say the issue is too complicated for sound bites, but have still spent more than $560,000 on television … Continue reading

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Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau: Rates for Local Governments Falling

Ohio public employers applauded an average 9.1 percent reduction in workers’ compensation rates for local governments that was approved by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors. The new rates covering 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools … Continue reading

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Lyft Agrees to Temporary Halt of Rideshare Service in Kansas City

Ridesharing company Lyft will temporarily stop operating in Kansas City, Mo. while it negotiates with the city over ways to allow it to permanently conduct business in the city. Lyft officials said that the drivers will stop working for up … Continue reading

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Kansas Contractors Struggle to Find Skilled Workers

A survey finds that many Kansas contractors are having trouble filling skilled jobs in the construction industry. Ninety percent of the 20 Kansas firms that responded to an Associated General Contractors survey said they’re having a hard time finding project … Continue reading

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GAO Report Finds SBA Didn’t Meet Timeliness Goal for Sandy Loans

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that following Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) did not meet its timeliness goal for processing business loan applications. GAO’s report, titled “Small Business Administration: Additional … Continue reading

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Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the … Continue reading

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Port squeeze threatens US retailers’ holiday stocking plans

By Nandita Bose and Lisa Baertlein CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A shortage of transportation equipment and possible labor disruptions at ​the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, ​the nation’s busiest, is delaying shipping containers for up to three weeks, threatening timely … Continue reading

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Ex-Bank of New York Mellon employee pleads guilty to insider trading

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former Bank of New York Mellon Corp (BK.N) employee on Friday pleaded guilty to insider trading based on tips from a former Merck Co Inc (MRK.N) employee about potential pharmaceutical mergers. Federal … Continue reading

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