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CAA Expanding into Nebraska; Elliott to Lead New Central Region

The Texas-based agency partnership Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced it is expanding into Nebraska and elected Rick Elliott to serve as central regional vice president. The insurance agency aggregator will be actively seeking out growth-focused independent agencies in …

$2.3M-Plus Recovered for Louisiana Insurance Consumers

In the first six months of 2015, the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) recovered an additional $2.37 million for insurance policyholders. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the funds are the result of LDI staff working with insurance companies to resolve …

Fighting Western U.S. Wildfires Costing More than $1B, Agriculture Chief Says

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the federal government has spent more than $1 billion fighting this year’s deadly wildfires, which have scorched drought-stricken Western states. Vilsack told a news conference in Portland, Ore., he supported a bill that would …

California Man Hurt in Trolley Station Fall Gets $21.5M Insurance Settlement

An Imperial Beach, Calif. man who was injured when he tripped and fell on trolley tracks is receiving a $21.5 million insurance settlement. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that 57-year-old David Long was injured in May 2013 when he stepped …

Maine’s Cross Insurance Announces Leadership for Franchised Dealer Practice

Cross Insurance, an independent insurance agency based in Bangor, Maine, appointed vice presidents Michael J. McInnis, Sr. and Scott S. Colford as co-leaders of its newly formed Franchised Dealer Practice that will focus on the needs of new car and …

Woodruff-Sawyer in California Names Ritthaler Vice President

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Mike Ritthaler vice president and technology practice director. Ritthaler will be based in San Francisco, Calif. and will lead efforts to further the firm’s niche in the technology industry. He has more than 25 years …

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Alleged Religious Discrimination

The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the U.S., violated federal law when it refused to allow an employee to observe his Sabbath and instead terminated him because of his religion, the …

Penn. Advises Homeowners to Reduce Property Hazards, Avoid Coverage Loss

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller is advising consumers that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department is available to help homeowners adhere to reasonable requests by insurers to make their properties safer and avoid possible cancellation or non-renewal of their homeowners’ coverage. Miller …

U.S. Eyes China, Russia Sanctions Over Cyber Attacks

The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had …

Driver’s ‘Selfie’ Attempt Causes Crash, Maine Police Say

Maine State Police have issued a distracted driving summons to a man who they say crashed into a tree while taking a “selfie” with his passengers, injuring several of them. State police say Jordan Toner was driving in the town …

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