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Liotta Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission

Gov. Mary Fallin has named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liotta’s appointment as chairman takes effect Aug. …

Federal Appeals Court Voids Exxon Pipeline Safety Order

An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it …

Louisiana Governor Seeking Homeowner Flood Grant Expansion

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he wants to broaden Louisiana’s flood aid program to include homeowners whose flood insurance proceeds didn’t cover their rebuilding costs and to boost grant amounts. Initial limits setting homeowner eligibility for the rebuilding aid granted …

Global Insured H1 Losses from Natural, Man-Made Disasters Were $23B: Swiss Re

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2017 totaled US$23 billion, while economic losses during the same period came to US$44 billion – an indication of the extent of the protection gap that …

Insurance Professionals, Meteorologists to Kick Off ‘Hurricane Tour’

Texas insurance experts and meteorologists will be touring the Texas coast to inform the public about hurricane awareness and new legislation aimed at mitigating storm damage and related insurance costs. The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) will lead the team …

Louisiana Installing Barriers to Help Stem Fatal Highway Crashes

To help prevent fatal crashes more than 600 miles of cable barriers will be installed in highway medians across Louisiana through state and federal funding totaling more than $100 million. KTBS-TV reports crews will begin installing the barriers for 41 …

Baylor Settles with Woman Who Said University Ignored Rape

The first woman to sue Waco, Texas-based Baylor University over allegations the nation’s largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations has settled her case, her attorney said. Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school …

Seeman Holtz Enters Texas Through Primera Casualty Acquisition

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty Inc. has acquired Primera Capital, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Primera’s Anthony Davis and team have been offering both auto insurance and tax services to the Dallas area for over seven years. The …

Police Misconduct Lawsuit Settlements Cost Dallas Millions Over 5 Years

Records show that Dallas, Texas, has spent almost $11 million in the past five years settling more than 20 lawsuits against police, a huge increase compared to the previous five years. KDFW-TV reports the city spent less than $400,000 to …

Despite Reduction in Oil, Gas Wastewater Injections, Oklahoma Quakes Continue

The disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production by injecting it deep into the ground has been linked to a dramatic increase in earthquake activity in Oklahoma since 2009. Injection rates have declined recently because of regulatory actions and …

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