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FEMA: Nearly 1,000 Sandy Claimants Signed Up for Claims Review So Far

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last week sent out its first round of letters to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders who filed Superstorm Sandy-related claims, offering them a chance to have their claims reviewed — and FEMA …

Oklahoma Governor Seeks to Expedite Repair of Roads, Bridges

With widespread damage to roads and bridges as a result of recent flooding, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is seeking expedited bidding for county infrastructure projects. Fallin said the full extent of the county-level flooding damage is still unknown since many …

Man Pleads Guilty to Chicago Air-Traffic Facility Fire

A suburban Chicago contractor pleaded guilty to setting a fire at a radar facility in Aurora that forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide in September 2014. Prosecutors told a federal judge that Brian Howard, 37, …

South Dakota Requests Disaster Declaration for Delmont Tornado

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a presidential disaster declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by the severe storm and tornado May 10 in Douglas and Charles Mix counties. The tornado damaged or destroyed 84 structures …

Texas Open Carry Handgun Bill Stalled by Police Opposition

Fierce opposition from police across the state derailed efforts to pass a bill that allows open carry of handguns on the streets of Texas. The bill appeared ready to pass the House and be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott to …

Death Toll Climbs to 21 as South Central Flood Clean Up Begins

Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck on May 27 after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 21 people dead and 11 others missing. More rain fell on …

ACE Expands Specialty Insurance Offerings for Small Businesses

ACE Commercial Risk Services, the small commercial specialty lines business of ACE Group, has expanded its specialty commercial products for small businesses, available on a business owners policy (BOP). This new product suite offering, available through ACE Solutions Fast Track, …

Petersen Inducted into Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame

W. Harold Petersen, founder of Petersen International Underwriters, has been inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. A pioneer of and advocate for the disability insurance industry, Petersen was one of five insurance professionals honored during the Iowa Insurance …

Workers’ Comp Costs Relatively Low in Michigan: Study

Workers’ compensation costs per claim in Michigan were lower than that of the typical state in a comparison of 17 states by the the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI study, CompScope Benchmarks for Michigan, 15th Edition, found that the …

Insurance Center for Building Materials Expands into Washington, Oregon, Nevada

The Insurance Centre for Building Materials (ICBM), a specialist managing general agent focused on building materials dealers, wood risks and secondary forest products, is now available in the primary wood growing and processing centers of Washington, Oregon and Nevada, in …

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