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Another Earthquake Shakes Northern Oklahoma

Another earthquake has shaken parts of northern Oklahoma near the Kansas border. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 3:28 p.m. on Aug. 1 about 11 miles south-southwest of Medford in Grant County. Medford is …

Former Texas Surgeon Charged with Assault in Malpractice Cases

A former Dallas neurosurgeon has been described by state regulators as so derelict during operations that his actions led to the deaths of two patients and left others with disabling injuries in what’s seen as one of the worst recent …

Confie Adds Dallas-Based Insurance King Auto Agency

Confie, a national provider of personal lines insurance, has acquired the business of Insurance King Auto Agency LLC, which has two locations in Dallas The family-owned agency was established in March 2010 and specializes in personal lines. Established in 2008, …

19 Oklahoma Counties Denied Federal Disaster Assistance

Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has rejected the state’s request for disaster assistance for 19 Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather, flooding and tornadoes in May and June. Fallin said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the …

3 Firefighters Hurt in Houston Blaze; Man Charged with Arson

Houston police say a man has been accused of starting an apartment complex blaze on July 28 that left three firefighters slightly hurt. Houston City Jail records show 18-year-old Danny Isidoro was being held on a charge of reckless arson. …

Texas Company Fined $112K for Safety Violations at Energy Facility

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Southcross Energy Partners GP LLC for seven safety violations at its cryogenic natural gas processing facility in Gregory, Texas. Safety officials have proposed penalties of $112,000 against the company. OSHA said …

Texas DPS Takes 1.7K Commercial Vehicles Out of Service

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said during its inspection of 7,865 commercial motor vehicles in June it pulled approximately 21.7 percent, or 1,710, of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected out of service for a variety …

Texas Approves 12 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers’ Comp

The Texas Department of Insurance’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) renewed approval for 12 employers to self-insure workers’ compensation claims. Together, the companies employ about 45,000 people in Texas. DWC renewed: ABF Freight System, Inc. Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas …

Louisiana-Based Workers’ Comp Insurer Expands Into Texas

LUBA Workers’ Comp, based in Baton Rouge, La., is now offering workers’ compensation insurance coverage to businesses in Texas. LUBA Workers’ Comp covers businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi through select, independent insurance agencies. Similar to how the company was …

Claims Services Provider Dimont Names New Executive Team in Dallas

Dallas-based hazard claims insurance processing service provider, Dimont, has added Denis Brosnan, Albert Strausser and Dick Volentine to the company’s executive leadership team, and promoted Fran Weichsel, Darcy Stennes and Collin Harbour. Brosnan, who has been named president and chief …

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