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Pennsylvania’s IA&B Announces New CEO Following Russell’s Retirement

Insurance Agents & Brokers (IA&B), a Mechanicsburg, Penn.-based professional trade association, will have a new president and CEO at the helm beginning in January 2018. Deputy CEO and Counsel Jason Ernest will take the reins from Rick Russell, who will …

MEMIC Names Bourque as President, CEO Following Leonard’s Retirement

The MEMIC Group, a Portland, Maine-based workers’ compensation specialist, has named company veteran Michael P. Bourque as its president and CEO to replace John T. Leonard, who is retiring later this year. Bourque, who has worked for the company for …

$63M Beach Restoration and Dune Project Begins in Atlantic City

Officials have started a restoration project on some of New Jersey’s popular beaches. The Press of Atlantic City reports that work on beaches in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport started Thursday. Officials say the monthlong Absecon Island Project consists …

Lightning Wrecks Vermont Water Station, Causes Thousands in Damages

A Vermont water pump station struck by lightning earlier this month faces up to $15,000 in repair costs. Arlington Select Board Chairman Keith Squires says the lightning fried and destroyed everything in the pump house, though electricians were able to …

New York Eyes ‘Textalyzer’ to Combat Distracted Driving

Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the …

Hub Northeast Hires Willis Towers Watson’s Collins in New York

Hub International Northeast (Hub Northeast), a subsidiary of Hub International Limited (Hub),  has hired Paul Collins as president and CEO. Based in Manhattan, Collins will be responsible for overseeing all retail and wholesale operations for the Northeast region of Hub, …

New York County Sues Purdue, J&J Over Opioid Marketing

A county in New York state has sued Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers, accusing them of engaging in fraudulent marketing that played down the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, leading to a drug epidemic. The lawsuit, …

New York Woman Whose Car Damaged by Target Red Ball Files $100K Suit

A New York woman has sued the Target corporation after one of its two-ton red balls rolled into her driver’s side door. Eileen Grady claims in her lawsuit that the company “knew or should have known” the concrete balls would …

U.S. Drought Monitor Says New England Drought is Over

New England is drought free. That’s according to the latest weekly report issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor. While conditions in about a quarter of the state of Connecticut remain “abnormally dry,” no portion of the six-state region is considered …

New York Looks to Limit Auto Insurance Rating Factors

New York state is moving to restrict the ability of auto insurers to use a customer’s job or education to set premiums. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the proposed regulation Tuesday. The Democrat says it’s necessary to stop an unfair and …

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