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Federal Railroad Administration Orders Safety Improvements for Amtrak

Federal regulators ordered Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, to immediately improve safety on its Northeast Corridor route from Washington to Boston. Amtrak must expand the use of technology to control train speeds, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a …

Amtrak Will Resume Northeast Runs Monday as FBI Examines Engine

Amtrak will resume passenger service in the Northeast corridor on Monday, a day earlier than planned, after replacing track near Philadelphia damaged in a fatal derailment last week. The first trains will leave New York’s Penn Station at 5:30 a.m. …

Conn. Bill Requires Home Improvement Contractors to Have Insurance

Certain home improvement contractors in Connecticut could soon be obligated to hold liability insurance. The Connecticut House of Representatives on Thursday voted 140-2 in favor of legislation that would require state-registered contactors with a gross annual income of $30,000 or …

New Jersey’s Sandy Victims Protest Pace of Rebuilding Aid Programs

Wendy Joan sported strips of red tape on her jeans and jacket to symbolize the delays she has encountered with New Jersey state agencies and joined other Superstorm Sandy victims Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, rallying to voice their frustration …

Henderson Brothers Announces 3 New Hires in Pittsburgh

Henderson Brothers Inc., an independent insurance agency based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, announced the following three new hires. Michael Freas joined Henderson Brothers as financial analyst in the Benefits Department. Freas will analyze claim activity, provide regular reporting, and project healthcare …

Amtrak Employee Injured in Philadelphia Crash Files Suit Seeking $150K

An Amtrak employee who was on the train that derailed Tuesday in Philadelphia accused the railroad company of negligence and seeks more than $150,000 in damages. Bruce Phillips suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple contusions and lacerations in the …

Abbate Insurance Promotes Iannotti-Montz to Personal Lines VP in Connecticut

Abbate Insurance Associates, an independent insurance agency in New Haven, Connecticut, promoted Lisa Iannotti-Montz to personal lines vice president from personal lines manager. In her new role, she will serve as head of the personal lines insurance department and engage …

Confie Seguros Acquires 3 Brokerages in Buffalo, New York

Confie Seguros, a national provider of personal lines insurance based in Huntington Beach, California, announced that it has acquired three new insurance brokerages in Buffalo, New York. Confie acquired three agencies in Buffalo, all providing auto insurance — Able Insurance …

Amtrak Train Crash Victims Face $200M Injuries Cap Under Federal Law

There are many questions surrounding Tuesday’s Amtrak crash. The amount of money victims could receive for injuries isn’t one of them as federal law caps total rail-accident damages at $200 million. Congress established the limit in 1997 on all rail …

N.Y. DMV’s New Rule Allows Proof of Auto Insurance in Electronic Format

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles recently implemented a new regulation that allows motorists to show proof of auto insurance in either the paper or electronic format. The regulation went into effect on April 29, a New York State …

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