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South Carolina Capitol City Bans Electric Scooters

 - 01/18/2019
South Carolina’s capitol city has banned electric scooters for a year while the city studies the operation of companies providing the service. News outlets reported Columbia City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit the use of electric scooters to protect the …

Florida Jury Awards Family $500M in Wrongful Death Suit Over Car Shooting

 - 01/18/2019
A Florida jury has awarded nearly $500 million to the family of a woman fatally shot during an argument in a car in 2011. The family of 20-year-old Kalil McCoy of Jacksonville filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man …

Unlicensed Adjuster Arrested for Stealing $14K from Homeowners After Irma

 - 01/18/2019
An unlicensed insurance adjuster has been arrested over unlicensed public adjusting activities and the filing of false and fraudulent liens on individuals’ homes following Hurricane Irma, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Financial Services. Chief Financial Officer …

North Carolina Businesses Without Workers’ Comp Coverage Fined $3.2M

 - 01/17/2019
The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division collected more than $3.2 million in penalties and issued 289 criminal charges at the end of the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2018-19 as it continues to identify businesses …

South Carolina Lawmakers Try to Legalize Medical Marijuana, Again

 - 01/17/2019
South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years. Sen. …

Kentucky Distillery Employee Dies After Falling from Facility Walkway

 - 01/17/2019
Authorities say a distillery employee in Kentucky died after falling from a suspended walkway at the facility. The Daviess County coroner’s office said Tuesday that an autopsy revealed 44-year-old Dennis Layman of Owensboro died of blunt force trauma after falling …

Cabrillo Coastal Launches Flood Coverage for Dwelling Fire Policies in Florida

 - 01/17/2019
Cabrillo Coastal General Insurance Agency launched a flood endorsement for new or existing dwelling fire policies for its admitted program in Florida. The coverage follows Cabrillo Coastal’s launch of a flood endorsement for new or existing homeowners policies for their …

Feds Fine North Carolina Restaurant Over Wage, Child Labor Law Violations

 - 01/16/2019
A North Carolina restaurant has been fined by federal officials who say it violated minimum wage and child labor laws. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in a news release that Max’s Pizza in Surf City was fined $14,287 for …

New Florida Gov Signs Order to Fight Algae, Red Tide

 - 01/16/2019
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order last week seeking to tackle Florida’s problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast. …

Kentucky High Court Finds Medical Malpractice Review Panels Unconstitutional

 - 01/16/2019
The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down last month Kentucky’s Medical Review Panels Act, which was enacted by the General Assembly in 2017, returning the process of reviewing medical malpractice claims back to the state courts for the foreseeable future and …

Willis Towers Watson Taps Oppenheim to Lead Southeast Construction Practice

 - 01/16/2019
Willis Towers Watson has appointed Jonathan Oppenheim as regional Construction leader in its Southeast region, part of the company’s North American Construction business. Oppenheim, a 30-year industry veteran, joins the company from JLT Specialty U.S.A., where he most recently served …

Alabama Chiropractor Gets 3 Years in Trucker Health Exam Fraud Case

 - 01/15/2019
An Alabama-based chiropractor, who was accused in a scheme to conduct fraudulent physical examinations on prospective long-haul truckers and submit false documents to federal transportation regulators, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge …

North Carolina Gov. Declares Emergency to Deal with Power Outages

 - 01/15/2019
Utility crews worked late into Sunday to restore power to western North Carolina residents and businesses that lost electricity due to freezing rain and sleet this weekend. Duke Energy and electric cooperatives reported about 63,000 customers still were without power …

Lawsuit Filed Over Crash that Killed 5 Kids Heading to Disney World

 - 01/15/2019
The mother of one of the five children who died in a fiery wreck while on their way to Walt Disney World has filed a lawsuit. The Palm Beach Post reports that attorney Joseph Fried filed the lawsuit Thursday in …

Sea Rise Blamed for Failure of Miami-Dade Septic Tanks

 - 01/15/2019
Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of septic tanks, and a new report reveals most are already malfunctioning – the smelly and unhealthy evidence of which often ends up in people’s yards and homes. It’s a billion-dollar problem that climate change …