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Trial Set to Begin for North Carolina Insurance Magnate Accused of Political Corruption

 - 02/18/2020
The trial of an insurance company magnate and two associates on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease is getting started. U.S. …

Rock Slide Blamed for Fiery Derailment of Kentucky Train, Chemical Leak

 - 02/18/2020
A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said. Two crew members of the CSX …

2 People Injured After Ceiling Collapses Inside Atlanta Airport Restaurant

 - 02/18/2020
Part of a restaurant ceiling collapsed inside Atlanta’s airport Thursday, leaving a large chunk of it draped over countertops in the dining area. One person was taken to a hospital, and a second person was treated at the scene, airport …

Officials Warn Mississippi Flooding Could Worsen as Water Continues to Rise

 - 02/18/2020
With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi’s capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters start to recede. Gov. …

HCI Approved by Florida Regulator to Replace Anchor P&C Coverage for 43K Insureds

 - 02/18/2020
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved a plan for Homeowners Choice Property and Casualty Insurance Company, a subsidiary of HCI Group, to provide replacement policies for Anchor Property and Casualty Insurance Co. policyholders. The approved plan provides policyholders …

Days of Torrential Rains in Southeast Leave Swollen Rivers, Mudslides

 - 02/14/2020
Days of torrential rain across the Southeast left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided. An Alabama town asked residents to cut back on water usage after a pumping station …

Soaking Rains Cause Rock Slide in West Virginia, Prompt Flood Warning Along Ohio River

 - 02/14/2020
Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday …

AAA Carolinas Merges with The Auto Club Group

 - 02/14/2020
The Auto Club Group (ACG) and AAA Carolinas have merged and combined operations, it was announced last month. With North and South Carolina part of The Auto Club Group family, the company now serves more than 13.5 million members and …

Parts of Alabama Face Millions of Gallons of Sewage Overflow After Storms

 - 02/14/2020
Days of rain have left parts of Alabama awash in millions of gallons of dingy water that overflowed from sanitary sewer systems. On Wednesday, reports submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management showed that more than 18.5 million gallons …

Kentucky Inches Closer to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

 - 02/14/2020
After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the …

Towne Insurance Expands Into South Carolina, Acquires The Angel Insurance Agency

 - 02/13/2020
North Carolina-based Towne Insurance has expanded into South Carolina with the completion of its acquisition of Nationwide Agency, The Angel Insurance Agency. Led by David E. Angel, The Angel Insurance Agency has offices located in Rock Hill, Lancaster, and Spartanburg, …

Report: Water from Hot Tub Displays Caused North Carolina Legionnaire’s Outbreak

 - 02/13/2020
Hot tub water that sprayed into the air likely caused an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that killed four people in North Carolina last year, state health officials said last month. The state Department of Health and Human released its final …

Ex-FEMA Spokeswoman Dennis Tapped as TDCI Assistant Director of Communications

 - 02/13/2020
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) has appointed Abbey Dennis as assistant director of Communications & External Affairs. Dennis most recently served as the deputy press secretary to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C.. Additionally, …

Officials Monitoring Dams as Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc Across Multiple Southeast States

 - 02/13/2020
A Tennessee hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Southeast on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again threatened a Mississippi lake where a dam previously was in danger of failing. The National …

$100M Suit Filed Against 22 Florida Hotels for Allegedly Allowing Sex Trafficking

 - 02/12/2020
Two Florida women who were victims of sex trafficking have sued almost two dozen hotels where they were forced to have sex, claiming the businesses did nothing to stop the illegal activity. At the hotels around the affluent Naples area, …