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Texas Gulf Coast Braces for Possible Hurricane Harvey
Harvey, which could strengthen into the first hurricane to strike Texas since 2008, forced workers off Gulf of Mexico platforms, sent cotton rallying and has airlines preparing for flight disruptions. Currently a tropical depression, Harvey was 460 miles (740 kilometers) …

POSTED AUGUST 24, 2017 2:50 AM
Researchers Using Airplanes to Map Earthquake Faults in Oklahoma
Researchers are turning to the sky to help stop earthquakes from rumbling deep beneath the Oklahoma soil. The U.S. Geological Survey in coordination with the Oklahoma Geological Survey and other groups last week began using a modified small airplane to …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 11:46 PM
Illinois Governor Vetoes 1 of 2 Workers’ Comp Bills Opposed by Insurers
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a workers’ compensation reform bill that has been strongly opposed by the insurance industry. Rauner on Aug. 18 vetoed HB 2622, which would have created the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Co. by allowing the …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 11:40 PM
Appeals Court Rules L.A. Lakers Not Entitled to Coverage in TCPA Suit
The U.S. Ninth Circuit court of Appeals affirmed Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for class action allegations that the team violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. During a game the team evidently invited …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 7:12 PM
Florida Domestic Insurer Sawgrass Mutual to ‘Wind Down’ Operations
Just a day after being downgraded by ratings agency Demotech, Florida-based insurer Sawgrass Mutual Insurance Company has revealed it is under administrative supervision by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. According to an amended consent order for administrative supervision dated …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:58 PM
A.M. Best Assigns ‘A’ Rating to New Texas Insurer, Starr Specialty
Ratings agency, A.M. Best, has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” to Starr Specialty Insurance Co. (Starr Specialty), headquartered in Dallas. The outlook assigned to these credit …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:42 PM
Missouri Agency Changes Name to Reflect Focus on Risk Management
St. Louis, Mo.-based Powers Insurance and Benefits recently changed its name to Powers Insurance & Risk Management. Founded in 1991, the company is one of the largest family owned and operated independent insurance agencies in the bi-state region. Powers Insurance …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:31 PM
Missouri Company Fined $700K for Breaking Rules After Worker Fatality
A Missouri plumbing company has been fined more than $700,000 for workplace safety violations, including an employee’s death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Arrow Plumbing LLC for the death of 33-year-old Donald “D.J.” Meyer and for allegedly failing …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:26 PM
Hurricane, Storm Surge Watches Issued for Texas Coast as Harvey Nears
The National Hurricane Center has issued a storm surge watch for Texas coast from Port Mansfield to High Island and a hurricane watch from north of Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass. The government of Mexican government also issued tropical …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:25 PM
New Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Baylor Rape Policy Failures
A woman who reported that she’d been sexually assaulted filed a lawsuit on Aug. 21 against Baylor University, alleging questions she faced from the university shifted blame away from her attacker toward her. The lawsuit filed in a Waco federal …

POSTED AUGUST 23, 2017 4:13 PM

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