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Insurance Information Institute Names Palmer as Head of Communications

Kristin S. Palmer has been named senior vice president and head of Communications at the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Palmer was previously vice president, Media Relations, for the AARP, a nonprofit organization for retirees with nearly 38 million members. During her time at AARP, …

10 More Facts on How Employee Substance Misuse Impacts Businesses

More than 70 percent  of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a recent survey by the National Safety Council. The survey also found that although 71 percent of employers agree that prescription …

Fatal Allergic Reaction Leads to Suit Against Louisiana Doughnut Shop

A Georgia man is suing a Louisiana doughnut shop over claims that his father died of an allergic reaction after eating an apple fritter. The son’s attorneys on filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dynasty Donuts LLC, a Lafayette company …

T-Mobile 911 Disruptions in Dallas Offer Cautionary Tale

Dallas has been experiencing disruptions in its 911 service that began in October and at one point last week resulted in 360 calls being placed on hold. More dispatchers have been assigned to field 911 calls and technological glitches have …

California City Seeks to Improve Safety by Scanning License Plates

A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

9 Homes Destroyed in Oklahoma Wildfire

Fire officials are suggesting a blaze that has destroyed at least nine homes in eastern Oklahoma and forced the evacuation of more than 100 others may have been intentionally set. Highway 9 Volunteer Fire Department chief Danny Choate told KOKI-TV …

Former County Commissioner in Oregon Counter Sues in Marijuana Case

A former Jackson County commissioner accused in a lawsuit of bilking investors to finance a pot shop has filed a counterclaim. Doug Breidenthal filed the lawsuit contending his professional reputation has been damaged, the Mail Tribune reported. “As a result …

Overland Park, Kansas, Apartment Building Fire Ignites Houses

A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in suburban Kansas City has sparked fires at several homes blocks away. The eight-alarm fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. on March 20 at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park, …

Travel Businesses in California’s Big Sur Community Reeling After Bridge Closure

Almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks cut off when a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month remain closed, but Kurt Mayer chose to keep his deli and taproom open — even though it’s costing him. …

Illinois Places Public Service Insurance Co. into Rehabilitation

The Illinois Department of Insurance reported that Public Service Insurance Co. (Public Service) and its parent corporation Public Service Mutual Holding Co. have been placed into rehabilitation. Policies will continue in force and policyholder claims will continue to be paid …

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