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1347 Property Insurance Holdings Expects Losses from Louisiana Storms

1347 Property Insurance Holdings Inc., which offers specialty property/casualty insurance through its subsidiary, Maison Insurance Co. (Maison), said it expects to incur losses from claims related to damage from the recent storms that produced record-breaking floods in Louisiana. Maison has …

Health Official: Zika Virus Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf States

One of the top U.S. public health officials on Aug. 21 warned that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the U.S. Gulf Coast after officials last week confirmed it as active in the popular tourist destination of …

Flood Claims Mount; FEMA Extends Insurance Renewal Period for Some in Louisiana

Due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended to 120 days the grace period to renew flood insurance policies in certain Louisiana parishes. The federal agency said more than 25,000 …

Texas Doctors Concerned About High Rate of Child Gun Accident Victims

Dr. David Wesson points to a spot below his belly button. That’s where the .22-caliber bullet pierced the abdomen of the first pediatric gunshot victim he ever treated. The Houston Chronicle reports the boy was 1 month old. He was …

Protecting Vehicles from Cyberattacks Focus of U. of Arkansas Project

In 2015, two researchers remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee being driven by a reporter who documented how the researchers controlled everything from the car’s radio and media console to its brakes and steering. For Dr. Shucheng Yu, an associate professor …

Analysis: Flooding Intensifies Louisiana’s Financial Woes

“How’s your house?” That’s the new greeting for many across south Louisiana as a 20-parish area digs out of catastrophic flooding and its aftermath. The logical next question often remains unspoken: “How do you pay to fix this?” That’s the …

RMS: Flood Insurance Uptake Low in Areas Hit Hardest by Louisiana Flooding

Calling the recent flooding event in Louisiana one of the most significant natural disasters in the United States, catastrophe modelling firm RMS said flood insurance participation is low in the parishes most affected by floods. Flooding since Aug. 11 has been particularly …

Stringer Joins All Risks’ South Central Region in New Orleans

Independent wholesale insurance brokerage firm All Risks Ltd., has added Sam Stringer as a broker in its New Orleans, La., branch office. As a casualty broker, Stringer will focus on risks within the construction, energy and environmental industries. Lines of …

Texas Man in Tesla Autopilot Crash Won’t Sue, But Car Insurer May

A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but his …

86,500 People Affected by Louisiana Floods Seek Federal Aid

Some 86,500 people have filed for federal aid after deadly flooding hit Louisiana in the past several days and damaged some 40,000 homes, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a news conference on Aug. 18. He said the death toll from …

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