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Lawsuit Against Union Pacific over Texas Veterans Parade Crash Begins

A freight train that slammed into a parade float two years ago, killing four veterans and injuring 16 other people, came within 39 inches of missing the trailer, attorneys for both sides told a West Texas jury. A Midland County …

Arkansas Senate Votes to Continue ‘Private Option’ for Healthcare Insurance

The Arkansas Senate voted to continue the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. By a 29-2 vote, the …

4 CAA Agencies Expand Through M&As

Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced that member agencies have expanded their books of business and locations through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the last nine months. Together, four CAA members have grown their agencies by an …

Former School Board Insurance Consultant Faces Ethics Charge in Louisiana

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has charged the Lafayette school board’s former insurance consultant with violating ethics laws by offering a school board member tickets to a New Orleans Saints game while “seeking a contractual and business relationship” with the school board. …

Texas Yogurt Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Arson

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the business ablaze in a fit of anger over investors’ handling of the company. The Dallas Morning News reports a judge has sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz …

Consultant: Lafayette Parish Needs 15 Fire Stations

A consultant says 15 additional fire stations are needed in unincorporated parts of Louisiana’s Lafayette Parish to protect citizens and keep insurance costs down. Tom Cassisa, a fire rating consultant hired by Lafayette Consolidated Government, presented the findings Tuesday of …

4.2 Magnitude Quake Recorded in Northern Oklahoma

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook part of Grant County in northern Oklahoma on Jan. 27. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded shortly before 10 a.m. about 13 miles south-southeast of Medford at a depth of …

Texas Bill Would Modify ‘Claimant’ Definition in Medical Liability Cases

Texas state Rep. Chris Turner, House District 101- Grand Prairie, has filed a measure that would clarify the definition of “claimant” in respect to a health care liability claim. HB 956 stems from the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in the …

Oklahoma Senate Proposal Tackles Uninsured Drivers with DUIs

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation to address the state’s high number of uninsured motorists especially those with DUI convictions. Senate Bill 260 would require an individual convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to have valid auto insurance on file …

Texas-Based Roach Howard Smith & Barton Promotes Buchanan

Keleigh Buchanan was promoted to assistant vice president at Dallas-based independent insurance broker Roach Howard Smith & Barton. Buchanan has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. She specializes in offering products and services to high net-worth clients with …

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