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Firefighters Work to Contain North Carolina Wildfires

 - 04/06/2020
Firefighters kept working on Saturday to slow the spread of western North Carolina wildfires that have spread due to high winds, the U.S. Forest Service said. A fire that began on private property Friday in Haywood County expanded to the …

North Carolina Nursing Home Reports Virus Outbreak

 - 04/06/2020
Three residents of a central North Carolina nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials announced on Saturday as overall cases statewide exceeded 2,400. The three cases occurred within the population of the Springbrook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center …

Florida-Based Orchid Insurance Appoints Garamoni as Chief Financial Officer

 - 04/06/2020
Orchid Underwriters Agency, LLC, an independent managing general underwriters with a focus in catastrophe-exposed properties, has appointed Michael Garamoni as chief financial officer. Garamoni has spent the past 13 years in finance, reporting and planning, which included roles as Vice …

West Virginia Governor’s Coal Companies to Pay $5M in Fines for Safety Violations

 - 04/06/2020
Billionaire West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies have agreed to pay more than $5 million for thousands of mine safety violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The civil case brought by prosecutors in Virginia last year on behalf of the …

Mississippi Businesses Shift Production During Pandemic

 - 04/03/2020
As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread …

Gender Reveal Party Sparks 10-Acre Fire in Florida

 - 04/03/2020
A gender reveal party mixed with explosives sparked a 10-acre fire in Florida. It happened Saturday in Brevard County, WESH-TV reported. The county has prohibited open burning because of an increase in fires, and officials are urging people to follow …

North Carolina Requests Insurers Defer Premium Payments to Help Consumers

 - 04/03/2020
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has activated an emergency declaration that gives policyholders in all 100 counties the option to defer insurance premium payments should they need to do so. The order was activated March 27 as a result …

Demotech Reveals Florida Insurer Ratings, Says Market ‘Most Difficult’ in U.S.

 - 04/03/2020
The long-awaited Demotech rating decisions for Florida domestic carriers are in, with many carriers having satisfied necessary steps to avoid ratings downgrades by the financial analysis firm. After affirming a slew of companies in mid-March, Demotech announced April 2 that …

Florida Governor Issues Stay at Home Order; Insurance Deemed Essential Business

 - 04/02/2020
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide executive order Wednesday requiring all citizens in the state to stay at home except for those doing essential business or activities. The move comes as the state has more than 8,000 cases of …

Alabama Neighborhood Slammed by Twister During Virus Quarantine

 - 04/02/2020
An apparent tornado slammed into an Alabama neighborhood, shattering more than a dozen homes Tuesday while people were hunkered down inside because of the coronavirus outbreak, as storms caused damage from Mississippi to Georgia. Near the Alabama-Georgia line in Eufaula, …

Kentucky Coronavirus Worker, Employer Relief Bill Signed by Governor

 - 04/02/2020
Legislation offering relief to workers and employers suffering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was signed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday. The bill was put on the fast track by lawmakers last week as the Bluegrass State deals …

Alabama Issues Industry Guidance on COVID-19, Classifies Insurance as Essential

 - 04/01/2020
Alabama Commissioner of Insurance Jim Ridling has asked insurers writing business in the state to consider leniency and flexibility for policyholders in light of the current coronavirus outbreak, as well as confirmed that insurance operations can continue during shutdown orders. …

What Florida Agents Need to Know During Coronavirus Crisis

 - 04/01/2020
Watch the Full Interview Florida is a catastrophe-prone state when it comes to weather, but the challenges that come from a non weather-catastrophe like the current COVID-19 pandemic bring about a host of new issues that Florida insurance agents are …

National Weather Service Confirms EF-2 Tornado Struck Kentucky

 - 04/01/2020
A tornado hit Henderson County over the weekend, damaging homes and downing trees and electrical poles, but no injuries were reported, according to The Gleaner. On Sunday, the National Weather Service office in Paducah confirmed that a tornado hit Henderson …

Judge Won’t Halt Salvage of Capsized Ship on Georgia Coast

 - 03/31/2020
A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard. The decision by U.S. District Court …