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Study: Kentucky Prescription Drug Law Successfully Curbing Abuse

Prescriptions for painkillers and doctor-shopping by pill seekers have decreased since Kentucky passed legislation targeting prescription drug abuse, according to a University of Kentucky study. The law passed during a special session in 2012 expanded the state’s prescription drug monitoring …

James Appointed Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has appointed Sha’Ron James as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate effective August 3. The role of Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate is to independently and ardently represent the needs of policyholders when insurance decisions are made. …

Fire Damage at West Virginia’s Historic Harper’s Ferry Estimated at $2M

A state fire official says a fire in’s Harpers Ferry, W. Va.’s commercial area caused about $2 million in damage. Assistant state fire marshal George Harms tells The Herald-Mail that the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. The fire …

Claims Services Provider Dimont Names New Executive Team in Dallas

Dallas-based hazard claims insurance processing service provider, Dimont, has added Denis Brosnan, Albert Strausser and Dick Volentine to the company’s executive leadership team, and promoted Fran Weichsel, Darcy Stennes and Collin Harbour. Brosnan, who has been named president and chief …

Oregon Workplace Deaths Down in Second Quarter of 2015, Report Shows

Workplace deaths in Oregon for the second quarter of 2015 were down markedly from the previous quarter, possibly resuming a long-turn trend of deaths on average falling steadily since the 1980s, according to the the state bureau that tracks the …

Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes

Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

Southwest Risk Taps Keller to Lead New Agency Services Division

Dallas-based Southwest Risk LP has created a new division, Southwest Risk Agency Services (SWRAS), with a focus on binding business and programs for independent agents. The new division will be led by Joy Keller, a seasoned insurance professional who has built …

Businesses Report Losses from Lowering of Ohio’s Buckeye Lake

More than a dozen businesses near central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake say they’ve lost significant revenue with the water kept low as plans are made to replace a deteriorated dam. The businesses detailed their losses on forms intended to help the …

10 Children Injured in Crash of Church Van on Oklahoma Highway

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a church van headed to Branson, Mo., crashed on the Will Rogers Turnpike in northeastern Oklahoma, injuring 10 children who were onboard. Trooper Dwight Durant says the van crashed just before 1 p.m. on July …

N.Y. Sen. Schumer Pushes for High-Tech Solution to Drunk Driving

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the nation should increase funds for the development of high-tech sensors that can disable a car’s ignition if its driver is drunk. The New York Democrat said on July 26 that he is supporting …

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