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Granzow Joins Texs-Based RHSB as Vice President

Shellie Granzow has joined the Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm, RHSB, as vice president of Personal Client Services and Private Client Practice Group. She brings with her an extensive background in personal and commercial property/casualty insurance, as well as work …

Insurance Commissioner: Overdose Death Rate High in Louisiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Louisiana’s drug overdose death rate exceeds the national average, the Louisiana Department of Insurance reported. In addition, a recent study released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that one in six …

Idoux Promoted to Sr. VP at Lockton Dunning Benefits

Lockton Dunning Benefits (LDB), based in Dallas, has promoted Steve Idoux from vice president to senior vice president. Idoux has more than 14 years of experience with employer health and welfare plans. He joined Lockton Dunning Benefits in 2007 as …

Texas Insured Property Losses Setting Record in 2016

Damaging hail storms and wide-spread flooding have caused record setting losses for both homes and automobiles this year in Texas, according to a state insurance trade group. This year’s insured losses for the first two quarters already surpass every year’s …

Arkansas Woman Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail for Insurance Fraud

A Little Rock, Arkansas, woman has been sentenced to a three-year prison sentence after being convicted of felony insurance fraud in a case involving a reported car accident involving a U-Haul rental vehicle. The Arkansas Insurance Department says that two …

132K Pounds of Tyson Chicken Nuggets Sold at Costco Recalled

Tyson Foods Inc. says it’s voluntarily recalling more than 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after receiving reports that “hard, white plastic” was found in some nuggets. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company said that the 5-pound bags of fully cooked panko chicken …

Oklahoma to Hold Free Forums for Workers’ Comp Agents, Adjusters

Workers’ compensation professionals in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to learn crucial information about the industry at two free events. The Oklahoma Insurance Department and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) will host the 2016 State Advisory Forums on …

Police: Artifacts Damaged as Vehicle Crashes into Oklahoma Museum

Police say a vehicle has crashed into an Enid, Oklahoma, museum and caused extensive damage to the building and irreplaceable artifacts inside. KOCO-TV reports that a driver lost control of his vehicle early Saturday morning, rolled several times and crashed …

Governor Declares 2 Texas Counties State Disasters Due to August Floods

Two South Texas counties have been declared state disaster areas following late-summer heavy rain and flooding. Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 26 announced the disaster declarations for Atascosa and Wilson counties. The time frame involves severe weather and flash flooding …

Jury Awards $13.6M in Williams Olefins Louisiana Plant Explosion Case

A Louisiana jury awarded a total of $13.6 million to four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant. The Advocate reports a jury in Iberville Parish ruled late on Sept. 26 that the company, several …

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