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ITC Agent Conference to Feature Panel of Online Insurance Aggregators

Insurance Technologies Corporation (ITC), a Carrollton, Texas-based provider of agency marketing, rating and management software and services, announced that a panel of online aggregators will present the keynote address at ITC Agent Conference 2016. The panelists include Google Compare, Compare.com, …

Federal Disaster Declaration OK’d for 3 More Oklahoma Counties

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has approved the state’s request for disaster assistance to three more counties as a result of damage from a November ice storm. Fallin said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to …

Fatal Explosion at ‘Texas’ Musical Venue Leads to OSHA Citations

Federal safety regulators have cited a performing arts employer after 21-year-old worker died following a pyrotechnics explosion at a musical venue in Canyon, Texas. Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Inc. was cited for six serious violations as a result of the fireworks explosion at …

Oklahoma Utility: Poor Workmanship on Gas Pipeline Caused House Explosion

A gas utility has said bad workmanship was the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and severely injured a man. Oklahoma Natural Gas cited a 3.5 inch crack …

Aspen MGA to Acquire Midlands Management’s Texas Personal Auto Book

Aspen Managing General Agency (MGA) and Midlands Management of Texas announced that Aspen MGA has acquired the renewal rights of the Texas personal auto business currently managed by Midlands Management. Richard Bird, chief operating officer of Midlands Management, commented saying …

Arkansas Utility Wants U.S. to Uphold Exxon Mobil Spill-Related Fines

A water utility company in Arkansas is urging a federal regulatory agency to uphold fines and new safety requirements for Exxon Mobil Corp. regarding an oil spill in Mayflower. In a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, …

Sexually-Transmitted Zika Virus Case Confirmed in Texas

Health officials on Feb. 2 reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. …

Texas Governor Announces Appointments to State Risk Management Board

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Gerald Ladner, Sr. and reappointed Rosemary Gammon for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021, to the board of the State Office of Risk Management. Dr. Lloyd Garland was named as presiding officer. …

Oklahoma Files Suit Against Directors, Officers of Failed Insurer, Red Rock

Oklahoma insurance regulators have filed suit against two New York financiers who took control of a failed Oklahoma insurance company, saying the pair and others infused it with allegedly worthless assets and used it as a vehicle in which to …

Oklahoma Lawmaker: Small Businesses Back Asset Forfeiture Reform

An Oklahoma state lawmaker has filed a bill that would reform Oklahoma’s civil asset forfeiture law, an effort he says is supported by small businesses in the state. In May 2015, Sen. Kyle D. Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) filed Senate Bill …

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