WASHINGTON—The Heartland Institute and its insurance-centricWashington unit are negotiating a divorce, a process said to beaccelerated by distress over the institute's now-suspended adcampaign linking support for global warming with serialkillers.

Several members of the Washington-based Heartland Center forFinance, Insurance and Real Estate confirmed today that lawyers forthe two sides are negotiating a split, and that it is imminent.

The Heartland Institute is based in Chicago; the Washington unitis highly regarded by the insurance industry and serves both as aresource and database on catastrophe issues.

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