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Humphry Joins The Iroquois Group in Kentucky

 - 04/26/2018
Mike Humphry has joined The Iroquois Group’s Mid-Atlantic team as a regional manager for southern Ohio and Kentucky. Humphry’s insurance career, which began in 1980, has included experience in both the independent agency and exclusive agency distribution systems. Prior to …

GuideWell Insurance Agency in Florida to Offer StormPeace Hurricane Coverage

 - 04/26/2018
GuideWell Insurance Agency, an exclusive property and casualty agency for Florida Blue health plan members, will offer StormPeace, a supplemental hurricane policy from Assured Risk Cover that provides coverage of losses and expenses not covered by traditional homeowners insurance. The …

2 Workers Rescued After Miami Scaffolding Malfunction

 - 04/26/2018
Two construction workers were rescued from the side of a five-story building near Miami when the scaffolding they were standing on malfunctioned. The incident played out on television news shows Tuesday morning as the men conducted repairs and maintenance at …

NWS: Alabama, Florida Storms Spawned At Least 3 Tornadoes

 - 04/25/2018
The National Weather Service confirms at least three tornadoes in Alabama from Sunday storms, and is surveying other parts of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. A storm with estimated winds of 80 mph (130 kph) overturned five recreational vehicles …

150-Year-Old South Carolina Church Heavily Damaged in Fire

 - 04/25/2018
A church near the South Carolina coast that is more than 150 years old has been heavily damaged in a fire. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the St. Andrews Church in Mount Pleasant. The fire department …

Brightway Insurance Opens New Agencies in Florida, South Carolina

 - 04/24/2018
Brightway Insurance is continuing its expansion across the country with the opening of two new stores in Florida and South Carolina: Jeff Howard has opened Brightway, The Howard Agency in Charleston, S.C. Troy Novotny has opened Brightway, The Novotny Agency …

FEMA Hosts Flood Insurance Roundtable in West Virginia

 - 04/24/2018
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) hosted the first-ever West Virginia Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. last month. According to a statement …

Duke Energy to Pay $156K Fine for North Carolina Coal Ash Pollution

 - 04/24/2018
Duke Energy Corp. will pay a $156,000 penalty to for polluting ground and surface waters in North Carolina with potentially toxic coal-ash waste around three power plants, an amount one critic compared to a couple of days salary for the …

IBHS, Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association Partner on Roof Aging Farm

 - 04/24/2018
The Alabama Insurance Underwriting Association (AIUA) has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to develop a roof aging farm in Foley, Ala. This longer-term research project was designed to help determine how different roofing materials …

Reliance Partners of Tennessee Adds Seidl as V.P. of Risk Services

 - 04/23/2018
Reliance Partners has added John Seidl as vice president of Risk Services in its Chattanooga, Tenn., office. Seidl is a former Wisconsin State Motor Carrier Trooper and FMCSA Investigator with more than 20 years of experience in risk services. He …

South Carolina High School Coach Files Whistleblower Suit Over Firing

 - 04/23/2018
A basketball coach is suing a South Carolina school district, saying he was fired because he blew the whistle on issues such as grade-changing and covering up sexual harassment. The Morning News of Florence reports Andre Weathers is suing the …

West Virginia Settles With Pharmacy Accused of Providing 10M Painkillers

 - 04/23/2018
A pharmacy accused of dispensing millions of prescription pain pills in West Virginia has agreed to a $550,000 settlement with the state. In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the settlement of a lawsuit involving Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy …

State of Emergency Declared for 2 North Carolina Counties Hit by Tornado

 - 04/23/2018
Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency in two North Carolina counties which suffered major damage from a tornado. Cooper’s declaration Friday for Guilford and Rockingham counties means state government resources can help governments with recovery efforts. It …

AssuredPartners Acquires The Elan Group of Florida

 - 04/23/2018
AssuredPartners, Inc. has acquired The Elan Group of Tampa, Fla., an employee benefits firm specializing in the design, enrollment and service of employee benefits plans. The company’s staff of 21 will remain under the leadership of CEO Ross Hays and …

A.M. Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Florida-Based MedMal Direct Insurance

 - 04/23/2018
A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B- (Fair) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb-” from “bbb” of MedMal Direct Insurance Co., headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) …