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Texas’ Oil Boom Counties See Rise in Traffic Deaths

Vehicle crash deaths are significantly up in parts of Texas where oil and gas production is booming the most. The Houston Chronicle reports that deaths rose more than 50 percent in the West Texas counties located on the Permian Basin. …

Insurance Licensing to Halt in Arkansas for 10 Days in October

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is alerting insurance agents, agencies and others that the Arkansas Insurance Department (AID) is converting to a new State Based Systems (SBS) which will mean a temporary stoppage in the processing of appointments, renewals and …

Texas Pickup Trucks Stolen the Most: NICB Report

Pickup trucks have become a favorite target by vehicle thieves according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013, 9,441 pickup trucks were reported stolen. Full-sized pickup trucks …

Rate Change Ahead for Louisiana Citizens Insurance Commercial Customers

Premiums for almost all of Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s commercial customers will increase an average of 2.3 percent beginning in February, under a proposed rate filing. But the 307 customers whose properties lie below the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will …

Attorney for Former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Accused of Fraud

An attorney has filed a lawsuit against an Enid, Okla., lawyer, accusing him of fraudulent activities in a case over unpaid legal fees involving former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher. Enid attorney Stephen Jones told The Oklahoman that the lawsuit …

Magnitude 3.7 Quake Rattles Perry, Oklahoma, Area

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has rattled an area south of Perry on Sept. 12. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following Friday morning’s earthquake. The USGS says the …

Homeowner Insurance Rate Hikes not Challenged by Texas Commissioner

The Texas insurance commissioner has allowed the three largest home insurers to impose significant rate hikes on many policyholders despite the objections of a state consumer advocate. Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber can reject any new rates that are deemed excessive …

Texas Windstorm Insurer to Offer $500M of Unrated Debt: Muni Deals

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association this week is offering $500 million in unrated municipal debt as the Austin-based group girds for the hurricane season through November. The association, created by the Texas legislature in 1971 to be the windstorm and hail …

Launch of State-Run Health Insurance Exchange Delayed in Arkansas

A nonprofit created by the Arkansas legislature has decided to delay establishing a state-run health insurance exchange until 2016 to avoid a rush to build the technology system for it. The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board had hoped to establish …

Houston Nurse Ordered to Return Nearly $40K to Texas Mutual

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. reported that a Travis County district court sentenced Raj Dhingra of Houston for workers’ compensation fraud-related charges. Dhingra was sentenced to deferred adjudication and ordered to pay $39,800 in restitution to Texas Mutual. Dhingra reported a job-related …

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