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Louisiana Residents Moving from Coastal Areas Due to Erosion

A new report says commuting statistics indicate that coastal parishes are losing residents because of coastal erosion. And it says those left behind tend to be those who cannot afford to move. The Data Center, based in New Orleans, said …

Vaughn Joins FrankCrum as Broker Manager in Texas

FrankCrum, a national professional employer organization, added Rodney Vaughn as a broker manager, responsible for increasing the company’s presence in Texas and forging relationships with insurance agents and brokers. Florida-based FrankCrum offers workers’ compensation insurance, payroll, human resources solutions and …

Safety National Introduces Oklahoma Alternative Workers’ Comp Policy

Safety National Casualty Corp. has introduced Oklahoma Elect, an employers’ excess indemnity policy that provides excess coverage over an occupational injury benefit plan, as well as excess employers’ liability coverage to Oklahoma qualified employers who choose this alternative to traditional …

Safety Laws Still Lacking a Year After Texas Plant Blast

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers and …

Civisca to Focus on Marine and Inland Marine for Louisiana’s Fidelis Group

Covington, La.-based Fidelis Group Holdings LLC (FGH), through its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters Ltd., a national marine and inland marine insurance coverage and service provider, appointed Michael L. Civisca as executive vice president. Civisca will oversee and continue building the …

Workers’ Comp Commissioner Says Claims on Decline in Texas

Declining workplace injuries and fewer claims for workers’ compensation benefits are leading to lower costs for employers, Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon told lawmakers in testimony before the House Business & Industry Committee. Bordelon also told committee members …

Pit Bull Owners Sue Louisiana Town over Breed Ban

A New Llano, La., couple filed suit against the town in federal court, claiming the town’s ban on pit bulls and pit-bull-like breeds violates dog owners’ equal protection, property and due process rights. The American Press reports Christine and Victor …

Medical Payments per Claim for Injured Workers in Louisiana Rising

Payments per claim for the medical care of injured workers in Louisiana were higher and growing faster than in most states, according to a 16-state study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The WCRI study, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for …

Texas-Based All-Star Insurance Group Acquires Hogue Insurance Agency

All-Star Insurance Group Inc. has acquired Hogue Insurance Agency in Quitman, Texas. Hogue Insurance Agency is now known as All-Star Insurance Group and has moved all operations to an office inside Wood County National Bank in Quitman. Tonda Tiffee Ward, …

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 …

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