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Florida Governor Wants Stiffer Fines for Cities That Pollute

 - 09/20/2019
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to increase fines for local governments that pollute state waters and give the Department of Environmental Protection more power to enforce pollution laws. DeSantis announced his proposal Sept. 11 at the Conservancy …

South Carolina Farmers Say Crops In Danger as Drought Grows

 - 09/20/2019
Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread. A special committee that reviews drought in the …

Nearly $80K in Wigs Stolen from South Florida Warehouse

 - 09/20/2019
Police in South Florida say thieves stole up to $80,000 in merchandise from a wig warehouse. The owner of Prime Trading Hair and Wigs told detectives in Miami Gardens that he was notified overnight Tuesday that the alarm at the …

EPIC Adds Beazley’s Bejean to Georgia-Based Greyling Division

 - 09/20/2019
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has added Lionel Bejean to the firm’s Greyling Division, based in Alpharetta, Ga., as senior vice president. In his new position, Bejean will be responsible for serving the risk management, professional liability and property/casualty insurance …

Coal Mine Electrician Dies in Accident at West Virginia Mine

 - 09/19/2019
West Virginia officials say a 40-year-old coal mine electrician has died in an accident. The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says Steven Vernon Keeney of Sylvester died of injuries from an apparent electrical shock. The accident …

Gulfstream Insurance of Florida Appoints Thompson as General Counsel, VP of Legal & Compliance

 - 09/19/2019
Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Co. has appointed appointment of Lisa B. Thompson to general counsel, vice president of Legal & Compliance. Prior to joining Gulfstream, Thompson served as senior vice president of legal and compliance for Bankers Insurance Co. …

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen Asks Judge to Dismiss Roy Moore Defamation Suit

 - 09/19/2019
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen asked a federal judge to dismiss Roy Moore’s defamation lawsuit over a television segment that lampooned Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. Lawyers for Baron Cohen, Showtime Networks and CBS wrote last week in …

Damaged Barge Removed After Spilling 117K Gallons of Oil in Mississippi Waterway

 - 09/19/2019
Crews have removed a damaged barge that spilled oil from Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in northeast Mississippi. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. David Schneider tells WTVA-TV that the Jamie Whitten Lock remains closed as cleanup continues and the barge’s cargo is removed. The …

North Carolina Attorney General Plans to Sue Purdue Pharma Family

 - 09/18/2019
North Carolina’s attorney general says he’s pursuing accountability from the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma with a pending lawsuit over their role in the country’s opioid epidemic. Attorney General Josh Stein said Friday a lawsuit targeting the Sackler …

Report: More Than 70 Kids in North Carolina Poisoned by E-Cigarettes

 - 09/18/2019
North Carolina Poison Control says nearly 75 children under age 5 have been poisoned by e-cigarettes and vaping products in 2019. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the group said in a news release that nearly 150 people have …

Southern Fidelity Insurance Recruiting New Agents in Mississippi

 - 09/18/2019
Southern Fidelity Insurance Company, a regional insurance company serving consumers throughout the Southeast, is looking to recruit local agents in Mississippi after expanding into the state in July. The company, which has been doing business since 2005, said it is …

Georgia Man Accused of Faking Burglary to Business for Insurance Payout

 - 09/18/2019
A man trashed his pizza restaurant and ice cream shop near Atlanta to fake a racially motivated burglary so he could file an insurance claim, police said. Gwinnett County police officers responded just before 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 after …

Lawsuit Claims Poor Information About Pipeline Led to Fatal Blast in Alabama

 - 09/17/2019
A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying …

Catastrophe Modelers: U.S. Insured Losses from Dorian Could Reach $1.5B in U.S.

 - 09/17/2019
Catastrophe modeling firms Karen Clark & Co. and RMS have released insured loss estimates for Hurricane Dorian, ranging from $500 million to $1.5 billion. According to KCC, Dorian reached peak intensity of 185 mph while over the Bahamas, one of …

Florida-Based We Insure Group Adds Plfueger, Crowe to Executive Team

 - 09/17/2019
We Insure Group has expanded its executive team with two new hires – Chris Pflueger has joined as chief development officer and Peter Crowe as chief revenue officer. Pflueger will execute strategies to drive We Insure’s growth and joins We …