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Connecticut Governor Creates Climate Change Panel

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is creating a new council to make sure the state of Connecticut meets its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Marking Earth Day on April 22, Malloy said Connecticut has already reduced emissions …

Pennsylvania Returns $66.8M in Restitution Payments to Consumers in Q1

Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller announced Thursday that nearly 5,000 Pennsylvania consumers received $66.8 million in restitution payments or credits through the restoration of stolen funds, the payment of denied or underpaid claims, and the refunding of overcharged premiums …

N.Y. Sen. Schumer: Ease Dairy Insurance Rules Amid Drop in Milk Prices

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says dairy farmers in New York state and across the country need help contending with falling milk prices. The Democrat says Wednesday that he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to change the rules on …

N.Y. Troopers Issue 17,447 Tickets During ‘Operation Hang Up’

New York State Police say they issued 17,447 tickets during their five-day “Operation Hang Up” distracted driving crackdown. From April 10 through April 15, troopers were on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, not properly buckled up, violating the …

Thomson to Serve as Connecticut Insurance Department’s Deputy Commissioner

Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade announced Thursday that she has appointed John Thomson, director of the Connecticut Insurance Department’s Captive Insurance Regulation Division, as the Department’s deputy commissioner, effective immediately. Thomson joined the Department in 2012 to develop a …

Schinnerer Taps AIG’s Kletzli to Lead Management Liability Practice in Maryland

Specialty underwriting manager Victor O. Schinnerer & Company hired Matthew Kletzli as senior vice president and Management Liability Practice leader. Kletzli will be based in the firm’s Chevy Chase, Maryland, headquarters and report to Chief Underwriting Officer John Wallace.

Maine’s MEMIC Group Announces Senior Promotions

The MEMIC Group, a workers’ compensation insurer based in Portland, Maine, announced the following senior promotions. Gregory Jamison has been promoted to senior vice president of underwriting. A 29-year veteran of the insurance industry, Jamison joined MEMIC in 2002 as …

Virginia’s Fairfax County Settles Police Shooting Lawsuit for $3M

Virginia’s Fairfax County agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its police officers shot and killed a man in the doorway of his home two years ago. Officer Adam Torres fatally …

Vermont Lawmakers Weigh Roadside Spit Test to Detect Drugged Driving

Vermont is one of a growing number of states looking at following Colorado and Washington’s lead by legalizing marijuana, but there’s a problem. How can police identify those too stoned to drive? The Vermont House Transportation Committee is considering a …

New York Holds Line on Volunteer Firefighters After Declines

More new firefighters are volunteering in New York state after years of declining membership, though companies are still seeking recruits to meet more calls. Fire companies statewide attracted 12,665 new volunteers in 2011 and 2012 amid aggressive recruiting efforts, according …

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