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Texas Mutual Insurance, VFIS of Texas, Distribute $228K in Grants to First Responders

Workers’ compensation insurance provider, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., and VFIS of Texas have distributed $228,000 in grant money to 90 volunteer fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) organizations across the state of Texas. VFIS of Texas is the …

Phillips Appointed Chair of Texas House Insurance Committee

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus has appointed Rep. Larry Phillips, District 62, as chair of the Texas House of Representatives Insurance Committee for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. This position was previously held by Rep. John …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to $116K Insurance Fraud

A Monroe, La., woman has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, admitting that she filed a $116,000 insurance claim for $1,000 in assets. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says 54-year-old Lasandra Edwards filed for bankruptcy in October 2013, saying her furniture and …

Arkansas Bill Would Limit Attorneys’ Fees, Punitive Damages

An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorneys’ fees and punitive damages in court cases. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted on Feb. 14 to advance the …

Polluted Waste Pits Along Texas’ San Jacinto River Bring Lawsuits

Rick Kornele and Charles Rayburn fished and crabbed as small boys on a sand bar near a popular boat ramp on the San Jacinto River — a site today blocked off by an imposing chain-link fence that’s plastered with warning …

At Least 6 Twisters Slam Areas Southwest of Houston

Residents of areas southwest of Houston are cleaning up debris after severe storms, including at least six tornadoes, swept through the area on Feb. 14. At least six people were injured in Van Vleck, about 70 miles southwest of Houston, …

Lance Armstrong Loses Bid to Stop $100M Federal lawsuit

A federal judge has refused to block the government’s $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use. The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former …

Texas a Leader in Fatal Crashes, Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Texas highways continue to be a deadly form of travel as traffic crashes involving injuries and fatalities continue to rise. Last year, 3,390 traffic crashes resulted in 3,757 fatalities and 175,347 traffic crashes resulted in 263,536 people injures, the Insurance …

Efforts to Limit Medical Pot Ads Approved by Arkansas House

The Arkansas House has approved legislation aimed at preventing kid-friendly advertising and packaging of medical marijuana, and may soon consider banning any pot ads altogether. The House approved by an 89-1 vote legislation that would require the state to limit …

11 Children Injured When School Bus Overturns

Louisiana officials say a school bus carrying about 38 children has overturned, with 11 children and the driver suffering what were described as minor to moderate injuries. Louisiana State Police Trooper Dustin Dwight says it happened Monday morning near Greensburg …

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