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Florida Gov Signs Bill Making Texting While Driving Primary Offense

 - 05/20/2019
Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless …

African American Strippers in Mississippi Awarded $3M in Discrimination Case

 - 05/20/2019
A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in …

Update: Georgia Gov Suspends Insurance Commissioner Beck Over Indictment

 - 05/17/2019
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck from his position while he faces a 38-count indictment from a federal grand jury. On May 16, Kemp issued an executive order suspending Beck, effective immediately. The order came in …

North Carolina Town Damaged by Tornado

 - 05/17/2019
Officials say that a tornado roared through Wake County, North Carolina for up to eight miles, uprooting trees and damaging houses and roads throughout the town of Zebulon. No injuries have been reported. Two rounds of severe weather moved through …

Arrest Made in Arson Fires to Homes Owned by South Carolina Gov

 - 05/17/2019
A 21-year-old man has been charged with intentionally setting a fire that damaged two Columbia rental properties owned by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Frank John Wilberding was arrested Tuesday and charged …

Burns & Wilcox Hires Garcia as Marketing Director in Texas

 - 05/16/2019
Wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager, Burns & Wilcox, has added Saul Garcia to its management team as director of Marketing in Texas. The new role was created to support the company’s recent growth in the region and provides opportunity …

Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services Expands to Florida

 - 05/16/2019
Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, a membership alliance for independent insurance agencies, has expanded into Florida and has added two Miami agencies to the group, as well as made two senior appointments in the region. The two Miami-area agencies – NEA …

Milliman: Hurricane Katrina Litigation Could Hike Mississippi Homeowners Rates

 - 05/16/2019
Mississippi homeowners could see premiums rise up to 25 percent thanks to Hurricane Katrina-related subrogation litigation being brought by the Mississippi attorney general, according to a recent report by Milliman. The subrogation litigation is being brought by the Mississippi attorney …

Georgia Gov. Calls On Beck to Resign as Insurance Commissioner After Indictment

 - 05/15/2019
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has asked embattled Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign from his post, effective immediately, saying his recent indictment “severely undermines your ability to fulfill your obligations to the people of Georgia.” In a letter sent to …

Study: Fentanyl Deaths up 122% in West Virginia

 - 05/15/2019
West Virginia University researchers say fentanyl deaths are up 122% in the state. The college released the results of a study into the powerful synthetic opioid last month. Analysts looked at all drug-related deaths in West Virginia between 2005 to …

Hurricane-Force Winds Damage Buildings on Alabama Coast

 - 05/15/2019
The National Weather Service says hurricane-force winds left a trail of damage on the Alabama coast. An assessment from forecasters says winds blowing from 70 mph to 80 mph (113 kph to 129 kph) ripped metal roofing off buildings and …

Driggers to Lead J.M. Wilson Florida Branch

 - 05/15/2019
J.M. Wilson has added Keith Driggers as branch manager of its newly renamed Hollywood, Fla., office. Located at 5555 Hollywood Blvd, Ste. 200, the former “Enright & Wilson” office became an official J.M. Wilson branch office earlier this year. The …

Georgia Insurance Regulator Faces 38 Count Indictment for Defrauding Insurer; Claims Innocence

 - 05/14/2019
A federal grand jury has indicted Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck on 38 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and mail fraud in an alleged $2 million scheme to defraud the Georgia Underwriting Association (GUA), his former employer. Beck, who …

Tornado Causes Minor Damage Near Tennessee-Alabama State Line

 - 05/14/2019
Officials say a tornado caused minor damage when it touched down near the Tennessee-Alabama state line. The National Weather Service in Huntsville, Alabama, says a tornado with wind speeds of 85 mph (135 kph) touched down Thursday near U.S. Highway …

Lenders Scolded for Climate Ignorance in ‘Insane’ Florida Deals

 - 05/14/2019
Hurricane Michael killed seven people and caused more than $6 billion in damage in Florida in October, a toll compounded by warmer, higher seas and wetter air, the signs of climate change scientists have long warned about. But investors have …