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Aon Risk Solutions Hires Surette as Resident Managing Director in Boston

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, hired Joe Surette as resident managing director of Boston operations. Surette succeeds Peter Caine, who left Aon in May to become chief operating officer of Lockton’s St. Louis operations. …

Maine Issues Bulletin Prohibiting Use of Price Optimization

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric A. Cioppa stated in a bulletin published Monday that in Maine, personal lines property/casualty insurers that use price optimization should submit revised rate filings removing such factors within 60 days after the date of the bulletin. …

Taxi Companies File Suit to Stop Uber Service in Rhode Island

Two taxi companies in Rhode Island have asked a judge to stop ride-hailing company Uber from doing business in the state. The Providence Journal reports Orange Cab of Newport and Airport Taxi of Warwick filed a lawsuit this month seeking …

Judge Approves Exxon’s $225M New Jersey Pollution Settlement

Exxon Mobil Corp’s $225 million settlement with the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, over the objections of critics who called the accord a sellout. …

Massachusetts Officials Continue Fight Against Opiate Epidemic

In the past six months alone, Kevin MacLean of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has seen more drug-overdose deaths on the streets than he did in the previous five years. “In 2015, we’re going to be shocked by the numbers,” said MacLean, who …

New Jersey Firefighters Urge Lawmakers to Adopt Tougher Fire Codes

Firefighters in New Jersey are calling for tougher fire codes in the wake of a blaze that destroyed 240 units and left about 500 people homeless at an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey. Leaders from several firefighting organizations stood …

Farmers’ Almanac Predicts Harsh Winter for Northeast in 2016

It’s not what Bostonians want to hear: The Farmer’s Almanac says another rough winter is in your stars. A year after Boston was pummeled with the snowiest winter on record, editors of the Maine-based publication have dubbed their latest forecast …

Pennsylvania Says Insurers Are Prohibited From Using Price Optimization

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller has issued an official notice warning the state’s insurers that they are prohibited from using the price optimization techniques in property/casualty insurance rates. “The practice is not legal in Pennsylvania and the Insurance Department will …

Feds Urged to Establish Crop Insurance for Central N.Y. Malt Barley Farmers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D–N.Y., is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a crop insurance program for Central New York farmers who grow malt barley. Speaking at the Empire Farmstead Brewery in Madison County, New York, …

4 Years After Irene, Long-Term Rebuilding Projects Nearing End in Vermont

The first new building at the still under-reconstruction Vermont State office complex in Waterbury is now occupied by state employees and more are due back before the end of the year. Down Main Street, a new town office building is …

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