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On Anniversary of Texas Fertilizer Explosion, Families Seek Balance

Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past. Many of them filed …

Arkansas Kicks Off $2B Highway Improvement Program

State transportation officials marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways in a ceremony on April 16 in Little Rock. The event officially kicked off the department’s Connecting Arkansas Program, a $1.8 billion …

Students at 5 Texas Universities Receive Insurance Council Scholarships

Twenty four insurance and risk management students at five Texas universities were recently awarded academic scholarships from the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) Education Foundation. The students attend Huston-Tillotson University, Texas Southern University, the University of Texas Pan American, the …

Texas Agent Faces 10 Years in Prison for Insurance Fraud Conviction

A Fort Worth man faces ten years in federal prison following a conviction for insurance fraud, the Insurance Department of Texas reported. Caleb Deason, an insurance agent for Transamerica Life Insurance Co., was convicted on charges of wire fraud and …

Industry Pushing Back in Texas Against Fertilizer Plant Safety Requirements

The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy proposed new building requirements ahead of the anniversary of …

Louisiana Senators Say ‘No’ to Suit Against Oil Industry

The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage. Senate Bill 553 by Sen. …

Louisiana Town Still Without Police Chief, Liability Insurance

Efforts to revitalize the Sorrento Police Department in Louisiana seem to be stagnating while the police chief’s position sits vacant and the days pass without anyone actively seeking liability insurance for the department. Mayor Mike Lambert told The Advocate that …

BancorpSouth Insurance to Acquire Louisiana’s Knox Insurance Group

BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, headquartered in Tupelo, Miss., is acquiring Lafayette, La.-based Knox Insurance Group LLC (Knox) in a transaction that is expected to close immediately, BancorpSouth announced. Financial terms of the pending transaction were …

Louisiana Truck-Bus Crash Caused by Texting, State Police Say

Texting while driving is thought to be cause of an accident in Louisiana involving a Calcasieu Parish school bus and a pickup truck that sent one student and the bus driver to the hospital. State Police Sgt. James Anderson tells …

Multiple Twisters Hit South Central States, Cause Minor Damage

Tornadoes that hit the South Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the past weekend caused minimal damage but with them Oklahoma saw the end of its eight-month twister-less streak. Surveys by National Weather Service teams  determined that damaging …

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