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U.S. Approves Modified Arkansas’ ‘Private Option’ Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes the state wants to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as “Arkansas Works.” The governor said that the Department of Health and Human Services will authorize …

State Police: Man Arrested in Louisiana Had $393K Worth of Stolen Vehicles

The Louisiana State Police announced the arrest of a 38-year-old St. Bernard man who is accused of possessing approximately $393,000 worth of stolen vehicles. Detectives assigned to the Bureau of Investigations Auto Theft/Insurance Fraud Unit arrested Demetrius Robinson on Dec. …

3 Texas Companies Rack Up $277K in Penalties for Safety Violations

Together, three Texas companies are facing federal penalties totaling more than $277,000 for failing to provide safe environments for their employees. During the past two weeks, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined CPE Feeds Inc. …

NTSB: Crew Fatigue Main Cause of Deadly 2014 Arkansas Train Crash

Crew fatigue brought on by irregular work schedules and a moderate form of sleep apnea is the primary reason behind a middle-of-the-night train crash that killed two Union Pacific workers and injured two others in northern Arkansas, the National Transportation …

Eppers Named Chair of LAMMICO Agent Advisory Committee

Rob W. Eppers, co-owner and chief operating officer of Risk Services of Louisiana, has been elected chair of the Agent Advisory Committee at the policyholder-owned medical professional liability insurer, LAMMICO. Eppers moved to Shreveport in 2010 to join Risk Services …

Deadline Approaches to Claim Louisiana Citizens 2012 Assessment Rebate

The deadline for Louisiana property insurance policyholders to file for the refundable 2012 Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) assessment is Dec. 31, 2016, the state’s insurance department announced. The Citizens assessment is to pay off bonds issued by Citizens …

Oklahoma Residents Sue Companies over Mag 5.0 Quake in Cushing

Five companies are being sued over a magnitude 5.0 earthquake at Cushing, Oklahoma. The lawsuit filed by David and Myra Reid, Valerie Branyan and Timothy Harris names White Star Petroleum, Crown Energy Company, PetroWarrior LLC, Cher Oil Company and FHA …

State Auto Western Region Adds McCarty as Underwriting Manager in Texas

State Auto’s Western Region has added Bob McCarty as underwriting manager for the Central/Southern Texas area. He is based in Austin. McCarty has 30 years of insurance and management experience. He began his career in insurance after retiring from the U.S. …

Louisiana Citizens’ Policy Count to Drop Below 60K

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced that the total policy count for the state’s property insurer of last resort is set to approach 54,500 with the most recent round of depopulation. That number represents a significant drop from a high of …

1 Dead after 2 Vehicles Land in Water-Filled Texas Sinkhole

Officials say one person has been killed and two others hurt when two vehicles fell into a water-filled sinkhole after a sewer line ruptured in San Antonio, Texas, during a rainstorm. San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood says crews …

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