News

Texas AG: State Workers May Deny Gay Marriage Licenses

Calling the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling,” Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. He warned in a statement on …

ACE Introduces Online System for Quoting Boats

ACE Group has launched a new online tool, ACE EZQuote, that allows independent agents and brokers to generate a bindable quote for boats in less than four minutes. Available through its ACE Recreational Marine Insurance business, ACE EZQuote works for …

Tort, Work Comp Reform Among Illinois Gov.’s Budget Holdouts

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has an answer to the state Capitol budget impasse: adopt five “structural reforms” that make it cheaper to do business in Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago calls the proposals “extreme” and anathema to legislative …

Flooding, Rain Problematic for Ohio Corn Growers

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. Flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist said in a …

Court Upholds California Broker’s License Revocation for Sexual Misconduct

The Court of Appeal upheld a decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to revoke the broker-agent license of Wellman Dale Shew, 55, of Fresno. When the California Department of Insurance learned that Shew had two misdemeanor convictions in California …

Weather Damage to Nebraska’s Public Infrastructure Exceeds $13.5M

Nebraska emergency officials say recent severe weather has caused more than $13.5 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said that the damage was caused in 12 counties that were just designated …

New Mexico Court Rules Farm, Ranch Laborers Eligible for Workers’ Comp

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has cleared the way for farm and ranch laborers to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In a ruling issued this week, the court declared unconstitutional a provision in state law that had excluded those workers …

Sammons Named Texas Group’s Young Agent of the Year

The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) named Adam Sammons of MHBT in Dallas the André P. Juneau Young Agent of the Year at its annual conference and trade show in San Antonio. This award is given annually to a …

Accelerant-Sniffing Dog Joins New Orleans Fire Dept.

The New Orleans Fire Department is celebrating the arrival of a new four-legged recruit. “Dakota” is a Labrador retriever trained to sniff out accelerants used by arsonists. The department says in a weekend news release that the dog and its …

Parents Sue, Say Wisconsin Voucher School Abused Students

Several parents are suing a private, military-style voucher school in Milwaukee, Wis., alleging their children were subjected to abuse and humiliating treatment when they attended a boot camp last fall. The students at Right Step Inc., which serves low-income children, …

News Archives by Month