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Ryan Insurance & Financial Merges with S.S. Nesbitt Insurance in Florida

 - 11/20/2018
Ryan Insurance & Financial, a DeLand, Fla.-based independent insurance firm, has merged with S.S. Nesbitt Insurance, located in Clermont, Fla. The merger was finalized on October 1, 2018. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with locations throughout the southeast, S.S. Nesbitt provides …

Corps Study Seeks Solution to Jefferson County Flooding

 - 11/20/2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at solutions to the persistent problem of flooding in Jefferson County near downtown Birmingham, Ala. WBMA-TV reports that a three-year study by the agency will look at multiple options. County Commission President …

Florida Picks Up the Pieces from Powerful Hurricane Michael

 - 11/20/2018
It has been just over a month since Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds reaching just shy of Category 5 status. The devastation from the storm that killed at least 35 people …

28 Streamflow Records Broken in Carolinas by Hurricane Florence Floods

 - 11/19/2018
A federal report shows Hurricane Florence broke records in a key flooding measure at more than two-dozen stream gauges in the Carolinas. The U.S. Geological Survey released a report Nov. 13 on streamflow, which measures how much water passes a …

Judge Says Tennessee Waffle House Shooting Suspect Liable in $100M Death Suit

 - 11/19/2018
A judge says the man charged with killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House is liable in a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by a victim’s mother. News outlets report a Davidson County Circuit Court judge found 29-year-old …

At Least 1K Doctors in Georgia Have Yet to Register for Opioid Monitoring Program

 - 11/19/2018
About 1,100 doctors in Georgia have not signed up for a program to monitor opioid use. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported doctors were supposed to sign up by Jan. 1 for the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. The doctors were supposed …

New South Carolina Jury Fails to Reach Verdict in Talc Cancer Case Retrial

 - 11/16/2018
A second South Carolina jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict in the retrial of a case by a woman whose family said her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder led to her death from asbestos-related cancer. …

Kentucky Woman Gets 5 Years, Ordered to Pay $1.6M for Crop Insurance Fraud

 - 11/16/2018
A Kentucky woman was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution for crop insurance fraud. The U.S. attorney’s office in Lexington said 63-year-old Debra Muse of the Wallingford community in Fleming County was …

West Virginia Gov Makes 3 Appointments to Miners’ Health Safety Office

 - 11/16/2018
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has made three appointments to the state’s Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Justice said in a news release that he appointed Eugene White to replace the retiring Greg …

Worldwide Facilities Adds Davis to Brokerage Team in Atlanta

 - 11/16/2018
Worldwide Facilities, a national wholesale insurance brokerage, managing general agent and program underwriter, has added Angela Davis as a healthcare broker to its brokerage team. Davis began her insurance career in 2003; prior to joining Worldwide Facilities, Davis served as …

Severe Weather Causes Tour Bus to Overturn in Memphis, 2 Killed

 - 11/16/2018
A tour bus overturned on an icy highway ramp south of Memphis on Wednesday, leaving two people dead and several others injured as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South with an early shot of sleet, light snow and …

Worker Killed in North Carolina Industrial Accident at MillerCoors Plant

 - 11/15/2018
Authorities have identified a man who was killed in an industrial accident in North Carolina. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said 44-year-old William A. Villatoro of Bayshore, New York, was part of a team contracted to remove metal from the …

Normandy Insurance of Florida Promotes Lieberman to VP of Sales, Marketing

 - 11/15/2018
Florida-based workers’ compensation carrier Normandy Insurance Co. has promoted Laura Lieberman to vice president of Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. In this role, Lieberman will oversee corporate communications, marketing, sales, and business development for Normandy Insurance Co. Lieberman has been …

North Carolina Ag Chief Says $250M in Aid Needed for Farmers After Florence

 - 11/15/2018
North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says his agency needs the full $250 million he requested for cash payments to farmers with destroyed crops and dead livestock from Hurricane Florence and another storm. The General Assembly directed Troxler last month …

Severe Weather Leads to Threat of Flooding in Alabama, Parts of Georgia

 - 11/14/2018
Rain and the threat of flooding continue across the northern Gulf Coast. Forecasters say unofficial rainfall totals show parts of Alabama received as much as 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) of precipitation Monday, and it was still raining Tuesday. Temperatures were …