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Texas Bill Affirming Workers’ Comp Division Fraud Unit Advances

The Texas Senate has passed legislation that affirms the authority of Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation fraud unit to conduct criminal investigations. The Senate passed HB 2053 on May 24; it was previously approved in the House. According to the legislative …

Storms Bring Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Evacuations in Midwest

Heavy rainfall that sparked flash flooding in Fort Wayne, Ind., forced motorists to flee submerged cars and prompted the evacuation of about 20 homes in the northeastern Indiana city. And in Ohio, authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three …

A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Wisconsin’s Integrity Select Insurance

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and a long-term issuer credit rating of “a+” to Integrity Select Insurance Co. (Integrity Select) in Appleton, Wis. The outlook assigned to these credit ratings is stable. Integrity Select is a …

Report: St. Louis Tank in Deadly Explosion Needed Emergency Repairs

A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said …

OSHA, Mid Continent Recommit to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Worker Safety Alliance

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network have renewed an alliance to promote safety at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OSHA reported that the alliance is committed to providing information …

Tribune: Governor Appears Undecided on Signing Texas Texting-While-Driving Ban

Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be undecided on whether he will sign a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving that is now on his desk. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, vetoed …

A.M. Best Lifts AIG’s Ratings ‘Under Review’ Status Following Duperreault’s Arrival

A.M. Best this week released American International Group from “under review” special scrutiny following the insurer’s bringing on industry veteran Brian Duperreault as president and chief executive officer and after reviewing recent financial data and meeting with AIG management. “AIG maintains …

AmWINS and Networked Deal Plays to Strengths of Both Firms, Execs Say

The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. at the end of last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based global distributor of specialty insurance products and services and the California-based aggregator. Namely, …

Pacific Hurricane Season Depends on El Niño: NOAA

Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Niño conditions. Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, …

Southern California Neighborhood Flooded Due to Seawall Damage

A Southern California coastal community was flooded with two feet of ocean water after a seawall was damaged by a construction crew. The Orange County Register reported workers were doing demolition work in Newport Beach and accidentally damaged the wall …

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