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After Sandy: Poll Finds ‘Social Resilience’ Key to Coping With Disasters

Neighbor helping neighbor. Trust in a community. Looking out for each other. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests that those factors — collectively termed “social resilience” — have a big impact on how prepared communities feel …

The Hartford Offers Lump-Sum Pension Buyouts to 13,500 Former Workers

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is working to reduce its retirement obligations by paying former employees to give up their pensions. Last month, the insurer offered voluntary lump-sum payments to about 13,500 workers who had left the company and hadn’t …

2 Years After Superstorm Sandy: Are We Ready for Next Big Storm?

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn’t happen again. Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly-finished sea wall protecting two …

Ebola: NYC Had Jump-Start, Dallas Had to Learn Fast

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses in New York and Dallas highlights how differently U.S. cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies. “The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a …

Report on Infrastructure Upgrades Since Superstorm Sandy

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, would New York and New Jersey be better protected and prepared if such a storm struck again? A sampling of work on some key issues: • Flood Protection New York City: Many projects on the …

Amica CEO DiMuccio Receives NAACP Award in Rhode Island

Amica Mutual Insurance Co. in Lincoln, Rhode Island, announced that Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual, was honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at the NAACP Providence Branch Freedom Fund Dinner, …

Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the …

GAO Report Finds SBA Didn’t Meet Timeliness Goal for Sandy Loans

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that following Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) did not meet its timeliness goal for processing business loan applications. GAO’s report, titled “Small Business Administration: Additional …

Donegal Group’s Q3 Net Income Rises 14% to $8.7M

Donegal Group Inc. in Marietta, Pennsylvania, today posted $8.749 million net income for the company’s 2014 third quarter, a 14.3 percent increase from $7.654 million net income one year ago. Total net premiums written for the third quarter were $147.840 …

CDC ‘Go’ Team Sprints to New York as City Faces First Ebola Case

Start packing for New York, the “go” team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was told. A doctor there was back from a West African hot zone with Ebola-like symptoms. The disease experts traveling tonight are Pierre …

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