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Drone Suspected in Helicopter Crash Landing in South Carolina

 - 02/16/2018
A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina this week may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the U.S. The incident on Wednesday involved a student pilot and …

Georgia Insurance Agent Faces 28 Counts of Insurance Fraud

 - 02/16/2018
A Georgia insurance agent from Pierce County has been arrested and charged with 28 counts of insurance fraud, according to a statement from Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Dana Larson Bowen, 52, of Blackshear, Ga., is alleged to have misappropriated …

Kentucky Launches Website to Help Fight Opioid Abuse

 - 02/16/2018
State officials have announced an online tool to join Kentucky’s fight against opioid drug abuse. Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says the website – FindHelpNowKY.org – allows people to search in real-time for a local substance use disorder treatment center. The …

18 States, Business Groups Oppose Coal Ash Cleanup Order at Tennessee Utility

 - 02/16/2018
Eighteen states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, national coal industry interests and more than a dozen other groups are urging an appeals court to overturn a coal ash cleanup order at a federal utility’s Tennessee plant, contending the decision will …

Appalachian Underwriters Adds Workers’ Comp Underwriter Cohn in Florida

 - 02/15/2018
Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. is has hired workers’ compensation underwriter Alon Cohn to its Sanford, Fla., office. Cohn will focus on the production of new workers’ compensation business in the Southeast region, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Previously a …

Ex-Kentucky Insurance CFO Gets 37 Months for Embezzlement, Tax Evasion

 - 02/15/2018
A former chief financial officer of a Louisville insurance company has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for tax evasion and embezzlement. A federal judge ordered 63-year-old Sylvia R. Smith to pay $674,093 in restitution during the sentencing …

West Virginia Officer Fired For Refusing to Shoot Suspect Settles Suit for $175K

 - 02/15/2018
A white West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a black man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the settlement with the …

Tennessee Insurance Consumer Complaints Down Slightly in 2017

 - 02/15/2018
Insurance complaints decreased again in 2017 and remained last of the top 10 consumer complaint categories, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs. The number of consumer complaints in 2017 related to insurance …

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Mud Slides in Appalachia

 - 02/14/2018
Heavy rains flooded areas and caused mudslides in parts of Appalachia, forcing dozens of people out of their homes and into shelters as the high water closed roads and schools. Kentucky Emergency Management spokeswoman Monica L. French told news outlets …

Oxygen Media, Father of Missing Alabama Teen Natalee Holloway Defend TV Show

 - 02/14/2018
The father of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba since 2005 is denying his ex-wife’s claims that a television show about the case was faked. Dave Holloway, an insurance agent in Meridian, Mississippi, released a statement Friday saying last year’s …

Stamper Appointed Managing Director of Risk Strategies in Florida

 - 02/14/2018
Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has appointed Scott Stamper as managing director to run day-to-day operations and help guide the growth of Atlass Insurance Group, the company’s recreational and commercial marine division. Stamper …

Georgia Considering Commercial Truck-Only Highway

 - 02/14/2018
Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only. It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director. WABE Radio reports …

Duke Energy, Environmentalists Clash Over 5-Year-Old Groundwater Cleanup Lawsuit

 - 02/13/2018
A North Carolina appeals court should keep alive a five-year-old lawsuit because it increases the pressure on Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its coal ash pits, environmental lawyers argued Thursday. The Charlotte-based electricity utility admits coal …

State of Emergency Declared from Flooding in Kentucky County

 - 02/13/2018
Flooding brought on by heavy rains in parts of Kentucky have prompted a state of emergency in at least one southeastern county. Media outlets report an emergency declaration was issued for widespread flooding in Harlan County on Saturday night. No …

Study: Black Lung Cases Among Appalachian Coal Miners On the Rise

 - 02/13/2018
A new research letter published in a medical journal details hundreds of cases of black lung disease in the Central Appalachian coalfields. Three clinics in southwestern Virginia identified 416 coal miners with the disease from January 2013 to February 2017, …