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  • Lawsuit Alleges Pennsylvania School District Knew About Lead, Asbestos Contamination
    on February 14, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Current and former employees of a Pennsylvania school district claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday that officials knew for years that unsafe levels of lead and asbestos posed potential health risks for students and staff but never disclosed the information …

  • Vermont Governor Announces Decreases in Workers’ Comp Rates
    on February 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced that rates for workers’ compensation premiums will drop by about 11% when new rates take effect in April. Scott’s administration said the reductions are part of a trend in workers’ compensation rates, which have decreased …

  • Man Gets 15 Years for Conspiring to Set Fire to His Business in Maryland
    on February 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    A man convicted of conspiring to set fire to his Maryland business to collect insurance money has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland said Demetrios Stavrakis, 54, of Lutherville-Timonium, was …

  • Commissioner Navarro Responds to Report of Premium Increases for Military Members
    on February 14, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro responded strongly to a Consumer Federation of America report that Delaware service members may return home from deployment to increased auto insurance premiums, calling the practice completely unacceptable and issuing a formal bulletin to insurance …

  • State Lawsuit Alleges Juul Advertised Vaping on Teen Websites
    by Chris Kirkham on February 13, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. bought online advertisements on teen-focused websites for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Seventeen magazine after it launched its product in 2015, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. The allegations …

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  • Missouri Man Sentenced for Stealing Almost $4M from Former Employer
    on February 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    A Kirkwood, Mo., man has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $3.8 million in restitution after being convicted of stealing that amount from his former employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern …

  • Ohio House Approves PTSD Coverage for Emergency Responders, Again
    on February 14, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    The Ohio House has once again approved a measure covering post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who haven’t suffered a physical injury. Police and firefighters have been pushing for the coverage under the state insurance fund for injured workers for …

  • Missouri’s Valley Insurance Agency Alliance Promotes Qaoud
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), based in St. Louis, Missouri, has promoted Robert Qaoud to director of Performance His responsibilities include providing resources to member agencies, integrating new members into the alliance, and maintaining relationships with strategic partner carriers and …

  • Wisconsin’s Understory Launches Hail Insurance for Auto Dealers in 5 New States
    on February 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Madison, Wis.-based Understory, which offers parametric insurance for severe weather risks, has launched its supplemental hail insurance product for automotive dealers in five new states: Arizona; New Mexico; Ohio; Pennsylvania and Wyoming. Auto – Hail Safe from Understory allows automotive …

  • Wisconsin Governor Seeking Federal Disaster Declaration for 3 Counties
    on February 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Gov. Tony Evers has submitted a federal emergency declaration for three southeastern Wisconsin counties for $10 million in damage caused along the shore of Lake Michigan by winter storms last month. Evers asked President Donald Trump’s administration for the declaration …

Southeast News

  • Days of Torrential Rains in Southeast Leave Swollen Rivers, Mudslides
    on February 14, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station …

  • Soaking Rains Cause Rock Slide in West Virginia, Prompt Flood Warning Along Ohio River
    on February 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday …

  • AAA Carolinas Merges with The Auto Club Group
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:53 am

    The Auto Club Group (ACG) and AAA Carolinas have merged and combined operations, it was announced last month. With North and South Carolina part of The Auto Club Group family, the company now serves more than 13.5 million members and …

  • Parts of Alabama Face Millions of Gallons of Sewage Overflow After Storms
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Days of rain have left parts of Alabama awash in millions of gallons of dingy water that overflowed from sanitary sewer systems. On Wednesday, reports submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management showed that more than 18.5 million gallons …

  • Kentucky Inches Closer to Legalizing Medical Marijuana
    by Bruce Schreiner on February 14, 2020 at 6:37 am

    After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the …

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  • SLTX: Texas Adopts Updated Surplus Lines License Rules for Military Spouses
    on February 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    The Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) reported that new rules for surplus lines agents in Texas who are military spouses have been adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and became effective Feb. 6, 2020. A new …

  • Oklahoma Senate OKs Bill to Allow More Armed Teachers
    by Sean Murphy on February 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    School teachers in Oklahoma with a gun license would be able to carry firearms into their classrooms with district approval under a bill approved in the state Senate. The bill, approved on a 37-7 vote mostly along party lines, passed …

  • Texas’ Watkins Insurance Group Names New Shareholders: Siddons, Scott
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Austin, Texas-based Watkins Insurance Group has expanded its executive team with the addition of Jim Siddons and Chris Scott as new shareholders. These appointments increase Watkins Insurance Group executive team to 11. Siddons joined the insurance agency in 2014 and …

  • No Injuries Reported After Fire Erupts at ExxonMobil Refinery in Louisiana
    on February 13, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    A blaze inside a Louisiana refinery turned the night sky a shade of orange, sent a large plume of smoke into the air over Baton Rouge, and its heat could be felt across the Mississippi River. ExxonMobil said its volunteer …

  • BOK Financial Insurance Expanding in Oklahoma, Texas
    on February 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Employee benefits and risk management firm, BOK Financial Insurance (BOKFI), a division of Tulsa, Okla.-based BOK Financial Corp., is focusing on growth in Oklahoma and Texas as an expansion of its operations that have supported Colorado and Arizona clients for …

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  • AssuredPartners Acquires Nevada West Business Insurance Agency, Inc.
    on February 14, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired Nevada West Business Insurance Agency Inc. in Las Vegas, Nev. The team of five will remain under the operational leadership of Jeff Maren. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Nevada West Business Insurance Agency currently reports …

  • 4.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Central California Coast
    on February 14, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 shook California’s central coast on Wednesday but no damage or injuries were immediately reported, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The quake that hit at 7:33 p.m. on the San Andreas Fault was …

  • Idaho Falls Agent Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Idaho insurance agent Misty A. Adams was taken into custody this week after being sentenced for insurance fraud. A licensed insurance producer from Idaho Falls, Adams, 45, reportedly backdated her son’s auto insurance policy after he was involved in a …

  • Distinguished Programs Promotes Madsen to Pacific Northwest Sales Executive
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Distinguished Programs has promoted Jack Madsen to the role of regional sales executive. In his new role, Madsen will consult with retail agents and brokers across all of Distinguished Programs’ insurance products and services, covering the Pacific Northwest, including Nevada, …

  • Alliant Names USI’s Parvey Vice President in Oregon
    on February 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Casey Parvey vice president. The Portland, Ore.-based Parvey will provide risk and insurance solutions to a client base throughout the region. Parvey has a background in workers’ compensation, property, liability and other lines of …

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