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Louisiana Truck-Bus Crash Caused by Texting, State Police Say

Texting while driving is thought to be cause of an accident in Louisiana involving a Calcasieu Parish school bus and a pickup truck that sent one student and the bus driver to the hospital. State Police Sgt. James Anderson tells …

Multiple Twisters Hit South Central States, Cause Minor Damage

Tornadoes that hit the South Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the past weekend caused minimal damage but with them Oklahoma saw the end of its eight-month twister-less streak. Surveys by National Weather Service teams  determined that damaging …

Most Sandy Housing Assistance Going to Ocean County in N.J.

Records show more than 60 percent of Superstorm Sandy state housing assistance is going to homeowners in Ocean County, N.J. Nearly $14 million of the $23 million spent on the Sandy Housing Rental Assistance Program has helped 5,137 Ocean County …

Montana Governor Wants Disaster Declaration Over Flooding

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking President Barack Obama to issue a federal disaster declaration for Montana due to widespread flooding and ice jams last month. Bullock’s letter, dated Friday, explains that unusually high amounts of precipitation fell over the winter …

Dog Attack Prompts Oregon Mail Carrier Suit

An Oregon postal worker seeks more than $180,000 in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a dog that allegedly attacked her. The Register-Guard newspaper reported that Kristin Joachim’s suit was filed in Lane County Circuit Court. The court document …

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom

The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands. He’s buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make …

Atlas Taps Horton as Western Region Vice President of Marketing

Atlas General Insurance Services LLC named Matt Horton vice president of marketing for its Western region. In his new role, Horton will be responsible for developing Atlas’ current agency base and managing distribution in the Western region, with a special …

LP Insurance in Nevada Names Cisneros Chief Risk Officer

Reno, Nev.-based Insurance Services Inc. named David Cisneros its chief risk officer. As chief risk officer Cisneros’ responsibilities include leading the risk management services division consisting of risk control, claims management, risk transfer and legal support management, benefits compliance consult …

Agents Brewing Up Program Business for Craft Beermakers

Craft beers have been capturing an increasing share of the domestic beer market over the past decade and this specialty niche is still growing. By 2020, America’s craft brewers will have more than 20 percent market share, according to the …

New South Carolina Law Requires Ignition Locks in More DUI Cases

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as signed into law a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won’t let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking. The governor enacted what …

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