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State Auto Western Region Adds McCarty as Underwriting Manager in Texas

State Auto’s Western Region has added Bob McCarty as underwriting manager for the Central/Southern Texas area. He is based in Austin. McCarty has 30 years of insurance and management experience. He began his career in insurance after retiring from the U.S. …

Louisiana Citizens’ Policy Count to Drop Below 60K

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced that the total policy count for the state’s property insurer of last resort is set to approach 54,500 with the most recent round of depopulation. That number represents a significant drop from a high of …

400 Orange Trees Stolen From Florida Grove

Authorities in a central Florida county are looking for a thief who stole more than 400 newly-planted orange trees from a grove. Orlando television station WFTV reported Monday that Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating the disappearance of the …

National Weather Service Confirms 20 Tornadoes Hit Alabama Last Week

The National Weather Service says forecasters have confirmed that 20 tornadoes touched down in Alabama last week. The agency says storm surveys found damage from 11 twisters in central Alabama and nine more in north Alabama. The strongest was the …

Businesses Unharmed in Tennessee City Devastated by Wildfires Set to Reopen

Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she’s seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors needed dusting. Spoiled …

Tennessee Insurance Department Works With Insurers to Pinpoint Wildfire Claims

Devastating wildfires that have hit the state of Tennessee, particularly in the City of Gatlinburg, have caused widespread damage, with 656 claims reported to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) as of Dec. 1. That number will undoubtedly …

Norman-Spencer Agency Promotes Sexton to VP

National property/casualty insurance provider Norman-Spencer Agency Inc., based in Dayton, Ohio, has promoted Paul Sexton to the position of vice president, product management and development. Sexton previously served as the practice leader for the agency’s watercraft unit. In his new …

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Gerhart to Leave Post Effective Dec. 23

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has resigned from his office effective Dec. 23, 2016. Deputy Commissioner Doug Ommen has been named as interim insurance commissioner upon Gerhart’s resignation. “I’m honored to have had the chance to serve Iowans by leading the Iowa Insurance …

Pinnacle Names Brobeck Senior Consulting Actuary in California

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources Inc. has named Linda K. Brobeck a senior consulting actuary in the firm’s San Francisco, Calif. office. Brobeck has been in the property/casualty insurance industry since 1986 and has been providing actuarial consulting services since 2011. Her …

Supreme Court Upholds Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to two whistleblower sisters by upholding a jury verdict that found State Farm defrauded the U.S. government when the insurance company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico …

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