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Florida CFO: Consumer Helpline Recovered $16.6M During First Half of 2017

 - 07/28/2017
Assistance provided by insurance experts working Florida’s Insurance Consumer Helpline led to the recovery of more than $16.6 million during the first half of 2017, according to a statement by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Helpline experts answered more than …

School Bus Cameras Can Implicate Speeding Drivers Under New N.C. Law

 - 07/28/2017
North Carolina motorists could be fined at least $400 if they pass a stopped school bus, according to a new law now in effect. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday signed into law legislation that he suggested while still attorney general. …

U.S. Risk Acquires Strategic Insurance Underwriters of Florida

 - 07/28/2017
U.S. Risk Insurance Group, LLC, a property and casualty wholesaler, has acquired Strategic Insurance Underwriters, a specialist trucking MGA and broker headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Strategic Insurance Underwriters has a 34-year history of offering tailored insurance products to the trucking …

Portion of Hospital Parking Garage in West Virginia Collapses; Injures 3 Workers

 - 07/28/2017
A hospital spokesman says three construction workers have been injured when a small section of a hospital parking garage collapsed in West Virginia. Charleston Area Medical Center spokesman Dale Witte says crews were pouring concrete when part of a floor …

Tennessee School Bus Drivers Using Mobile Devices Face Jail Under New State Law

 - 07/27/2017
Four former Tennessee school bus drivers charged with using electronic devices while behind the wheel could face 30-day jail terms if convicted under a new law. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Monday the defendants are charged via recently unsealed …

4 People Charged in Connection With String of Mississippi Auto Burglaries

 - 07/27/2017
Authorities say four people in Mississippi have been charged in connection with several auto burglaries that took place over a five-hour period. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a press release that there were 11 burglaries reported in D’Iberville …

Private Insurers Cautiously Dip Toes Into Florida Flood Market Waters

 - 07/27/2017
Florida’s efforts in establishing a private flood insurance market have been hailed as a model by many other states looking to buff up their flood insurance offerings, as well as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to follow as lawmakers …

1 Person Killed by Weekend Flooding in West Virginia, Kentucky

 - 07/27/2017
Heavy rains that pounded parts of West Virginia and Kentucky last weekend left one person dead and two people missing, authorities said Monday. In West Virginia, Ohio County Emergency Management Agency Director Lou Vargo said a van on Sunday rolled …

Tests Show No Detectable Level of Toxins in Groundwater at Tennessee Plant

 - 07/26/2017
A water utility company in Tennessee says tests on drinking water revealed no detectable traces of arsenic and lead after the toxins were found in groundwater at a coal-fired power plant. Memphis, Light, Gas & Water said in a statement …

Marsh Names Layton Southeast Zone Leader

 - 07/26/2017
Marsh has named Lou Ann Layton as its Southeast Zone leader. In this role, Layton is responsible for client initiatives, new business, and talent development across the District of Columbia and eight states: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South …

Scientists: Sea Level Rise Accelerating Along Florida Coast

 - 07/26/2017
Clay Henderson has lived on the same block along the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach for 34 years. Living in a storm-prone state like Florida, you expect to see a river top its bank on occasion, but only in …

Minor Damage Reported in North Carolina From Waterspout Turned Tornado

 - 07/25/2017
A waterspout briefly came ashore as a tornado in North Carolina last week, causing minor damage to houses before dissipating. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the National Weather Service confirmed the waterspout made landfall around 11:30 a.m. July 19 as …

Mississippi Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud for Lying About Fall at Walmart

 - 07/25/2017
A 59-year-old Mississippi woman has been indicted on criminal charges, with prosecutors saying she lied when she reported falling at a Walmart store. State Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday that Dianne Bullock of Jackson is charged with one count …

Ryan Specialty Group to Acquire N-Surance Outlets of Georgia

 - 07/25/2017
Ryan Specialty Group, LLC, announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire N-Surance Outlets (NSO), a wholesale insurance brokerage and binding authority operation headquartered in Roswell, Ga. NSO will become part of R-T Specialty, LLC (RT Specialty), the wholesale …

XS Brokers Expands Into Southeast; Hires Ault to Lead New Florida Office

 - 07/25/2017
XS Brokers, an independent insurance brokerage in New England, has expanded the company into the Southeast, opening a new office in Orlando and hiring Lori Ault as executive vice president and territorial manager. The firm now has five offices, including …