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New Florida Laws Address Climate Issues, Require Sea Level Study for Construction

 - 07/02/2020
Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms – and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive …

North Carolina to Test All Nursing Home Residents, Workers

 - 07/02/2020
All North Carolinians living and working in nursing homes will soon receive a one-time coronavirus test, the state announced Tuesday. Mandy Cohen, the state’s top public health official, said the state’s effort to boost testing will be underway from July …

Propel Insurance Acquires HealthCare Services of Tennessee

 - 07/02/2020
Propel Insurance, a retail insurance agency and a portfolio company of Flexpoint Ford, has acquired HealthCare Services (HCS), a risk management and insurance consulting firm based in Knoxville, Tenn., that specializes in serving senior care organizations. The combined agency will …

Policygenius Adds Google’s Garr as VP of P&C Operations in North Carolina

 - 07/02/2020
Online insurance marketplace Policygenius has made its first hire for its North Carolina headquarters. Erik Garr, who established Google Fiber’s operation in Durham, N.C, and was the director of strategy and operations at Google Cloud, will oversee property and casualty …

Mayor in Savannah, Georgia Implements Strict Mask Policy for Businesses, Public Places

 - 07/01/2020
The mayor of Savannah said Tuesday he’s ordering people to wear masks inside retail shops, grocery stores and other public places – and those who refuse could face $500 fines. “Frankly and honestly, I do not believe that we have …

Tennessee Again Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency

 - 07/01/2020
Gov. Bill Lee on Monday extended the state of emergency for another two months as Tennessee continues to see large jumps in people testing positive for COVID-19. Lee, a Republican, initially imposed the state of emergency on March 12 in …

Insurity Acquires Epic-Premier Insurance Solutions of Florida

 - 07/01/2020
Insurity, Inc., a provider of cloud-based core systems and data analytics for insurers, brokers, and MGAs, has completed the acquisition of Florida-based Epic-Premier Insurance Solutions, Inc. Epic-Premier offers software products for a client base of MGAs, program managers, and wholesale …

Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services Adds 6 Agency Members in Florida

 - 06/30/2020
Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, a membership alliance for independent insurance agencies, has added six independent insurance agencies to its Florida network. The new members include: AFG Insurance (American Fidelity Group) of Spring Hill, Fla. an independent agency offering a full …

Florida Restaurant Fined More Than $314K for Stealing Tips, Wages

 - 06/30/2020
Federal officials say a Florida restaurant chain with six locations has been fined more than $314,500 for taking employee tips and wages. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that the Vietnamese chain Pho 79 “illegally diverted” federal overtime pay …

West Virginia Trail Derailment Caused by Engineer Error: Report

 - 06/30/2020
An engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sending two cars into the water and damaging a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail, according to …

North Carolina-Based BB&T Rebrands as Truist Insurance Holdings

 - 06/30/2020
BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Truist Bank, is officially now doing business as Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc. With $30 billion in premium in 2019, Truist Insurance Holdings is the fifth-largest insurance broker in the U.S. and sixth-largest in …

Georgia Lawmakers Approve Home Delivery of Alcohol

 - 06/29/2020
The state House gave final approval to legislation Thursday allowing packaged goods retailers to make home deliveries of beer, wine and liquor. House members approved of the bill 114-45. Under the bill, only alcohol in “unbroken packages” could be sold …

Atlanta Residents Advised to Boil Water After Water Main Break

 - 06/29/2020
Atlanta officials say they continue to advise residents in much of Atlanta and people who live in some suburbs to continue boiling their water after a weekend water main break. The city said on Sunday that that its boil water …

As Florida Virus Cases Spike, Officials Shut Down Bars

 - 06/29/2020
The state of Florida set on Saturday another record in daily confirmed coronavirus cases. Florida health officials reported more than 9,500 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous day’s total by more than 600 confirmed cases. The figures come as officials …

Tennessee Refunds $2.2M to Insurance Consumers So Far in 2020

 - 06/29/2020
Tennessee consumers have been repaid over $2.2 million so far in 2020 through mediation efforts by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) that resulted in denied claims being overturned for policyholders, the department said in a statement. The …