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Report: Florida Resident Sparked Wildfire With Lawn Mower

 - 05/26/2017
A lawn mower is being blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed five structures in Florida. The Naples Daily News reports that the state’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement concluded its investigation into the fire that started April 20 in …

Zenefits to Pay North Carolina $104K to Settle Licensing Violations

 - 05/26/2017
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with YourPeople, Inc., dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) resulting in a $104,500 penalty, according to a statement from Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Department of Insurance Agent Services Division …

West Virginia Gov Orders State to Step-Up Cybersecurity Efforts

 - 05/26/2017
Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private. In an …

1 Dead After Florida Driver Crashes Into Gas Pump, Causing Fire

 - 05/26/2017
A fire at a gas station ignited by a car slamming into a pump has killed one person in Florida. Local news organizations report the fire erupted at a BP station in Dania Beach on Tuesday night after a driver …

Collision Between School Bus, Truck Sends 3 Students to Hospital

 - 05/25/2017
Three students have been taken to the hospital for minor injuries after a school bus and a truck collided in eastern South Carolina. The wreck was reported around 8 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 52 in Moncks Corner. Berkeley County school …

AXIS Adds Martin, Ross to Georgia-Based P&C Team

 - 05/25/2017
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited has announced the appointments of James Martin and Russ Madore, each as vice president, U.S. Programs, within AXIS Insurance’s Property and Casualty team. Martin and Madore will each be responsible for oversight of select AXIS Insurance …

Damage Reported in North Carolina From Severe Storms That Spawned Tornado

 - 05/25/2017
Officials in a North Carolina county say a tornado has destroyed a fire department. The Fayetteville Observer reports Sampson County Emergency Management said the Autryville Fire Department was destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday. Reports indicate the roof of the …

Family of ‘Voice’ Contestant Killed in Florida to Refile Suit Against Venue

 - 05/25/2017
An attorney for the family of singer Christina Grimmie says he will refile an amended wrongful death lawsuit against the promoter and venue where “The Voice” contestant was fatally shot. Attorney Brian Caplan said Tuesday that Grimmie’s family will file …

Florida CFO: $8M Recovered in Q1 Through Insurance Consumer Helpline

 - 05/24/2017
Insurance specialists working to assist Floridians through Florida’s insurance consumer helpline recovered nearly $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to a statement from Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Recoveries included insurance claim payments and premium refunds …

4-Foot Sinkhole Opens Outside Trump’s Florida Resort

 - 05/24/2017
A small sinkhole has opened on the road just outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 4-foot-by-4-foot (1-meter-by-1-meter) hole was discovered Monday in Palm Beach County just west of one the resort’s …

Driver of Tanker Truck Killed in Fiery North Carolina Crash

 - 05/24/2017
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a tanker truck overturned and caught fire, killing the driver. The patrol told local media outlets that the truck apparently veered off the road in the town of Clayton and hit two culverts, causing …

Florida Woman Caught Faking Workers’ Comp Injury Gets Probation

 - 05/23/2017
A South Florida woman was convicted of fraud May 3 and must serve 18 months of probation after she was caught hitting herself in the head with a ceiling sprinkler at work. The incident happened in October 2015 at CinqueáTerre …

AXA to Add 550 Positions to North Carolina Location

 - 05/23/2017
Insurance company AXA plans to add 550 jobs in Charlotte, N.C., over the next five years, nearly doubling its local workforce. North Carolina officials announced the move May 9 after approving state tax breaks that could be worth nearly $12 …

North Carolina Woman Awarded $1.5M in Construction Safety Whistleblower Suit

 - 05/23/2017
A federal jury has awarded $1.5 million to a former North Carolina fire investigator who said she was fired after complaining about the safety of construction work at an office building. The Charlotte Observer reported that a jury ruled May …

Tennessee Insurance Producer Fined $400K for Misappropriation of Client Premiums

 - 05/23/2017
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has taken disciplinary action against Carey R. Carroll, Jr., a Knoxville-based former Tennessee insurance producer who was found to have violated multiple provisions of Tennessee law resulting in a $400,000 penalty and …