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Texans Can Expect More Troopers on Patrol During Holidays

Texas troopers will increase patrols over the more than two-week holiday period with officers on the lookout for drunken drivers. The Texas Department of Public Safety says expanded patrols begin Dec. 19 and run through Jan. 2. The period includes …

Dallas-Based Waldman Bros Promotes 5 to Vice President Positions

Waldman Bros, a Dallas-based insurance and financial services firm, has promoted five employees to serve as vice presidents, including Leigh Bennett, Eric Goldberg, Rita Rolf, Melanie Rasansky and Tina Sparks. In their new roles, they will be responsible for developing …

Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Requiring Days Off Decreased in Texas in 2013

Private industry employers in Texas reported 51,890 cases involving days away from work and an incidence rate of 66.6 injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time equivalent employees in 2013, the Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) …

South Louisiana Property Owners not Happy with Levee Plan

A levee proposal by the North Lafourche Levee District in Louisiana is receiving flak from landowners who aren’t pleased with updated plans, causing the project to stall. A section of the Lockport to Larose levee project, south of Louisiana Highway …

Arkansas Governor-Elect Names Kerr as Next Insurance Commissioner

Arkansas Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson has announced that state Rep. Allen Kerr will be the new state insurance commissioner. Kerr has been a Farmers Insurance agent for more than 30 years and along with his wife owns the Allen Kerr Agency …

Leavitt Group Adds Gourgues as VP, Benefits in Houston

Leavitt Group announced that Dawn Gourgues joined the agency as vice president of benefits in their Houston office. Previously, she was a health and welfare consultant working with middle market energy related accounts. Gourgues’ experience also includes financial projects and …

Fraud Scheme Leads to Prison for Former Oklahoma Insurance Firm Employee

The former employee of an insurance company faces two years in federal prison and more than $168,000 in restitution after being sentenced on a fraud conviction by U.S. district judge in Oklahoma City. Carla Jo Mires, of Oklahoma City, was …

Technology Dominates Texas-Based Group’s Fraud Predictions for 2015

Technology will give fraudsters an edge in 2015, but it will also provide new tools for organizations and investigators, according to three experts from the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) who were asked for their top fraud …

State Designing Bypass Around Louisiana’s Bayou Corne Sinkhole

State highway designers have settled on a preferred route for an emergency detour of Louisiana Highway 70 around the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole in Assumption Parish and will seek the public’s input on the proposal this evening. A new state analysis …

Education a Priority for Outgoing IIAT Executive Director

Texas’ and the nation’s largest state level independent insurance agents’ association is about to lose its long-time executive director, but David VanDelinder plans to continue working with agents and agencies in an educational role. VanDelinder has been executive director of …

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