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Ford Appointed to Texas FAIR Plan Governing Committee

Texas Commissioner of Insurance Julia Rathgeber appointed Christina Ford of Red Oak to the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Governing Committee. The commissioner also reappointed Georgia Neblett of Port Aransas, Ronald Lawson of Allen, and Edward Sherlock of Beaumont …

Fireman: Trucker ‘Zombie’-Like After Fatal Bus Crash

Russell Staley stared out his broken windshield as darkness engulfed him and firefighters bearing chain saws cut through fallen trees to reach the passenger door of his tractor trailer. Staley had been heading north on Interstate 35 near Davis, Okla., …

Cocaine Residue Found on Arkansas Man’s Insurance Card

Jonesboro, Ark., police have arrested a man who they say handed an officer an insurance card covered in cocaine residue during a traffic stop. The Jonesboro Sun reports 31-year-old Shannon Ray of Jonesboro was charged with several drug charges. Officer Blake …

$13M in Tulane University Katrina Aid Questioned

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University in Louisiana. The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than …

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …

Jury: Texas Company Should Pay $175M in Guardrail Case

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each …

All-Star Insurance Adds 2 Agents Gilmer, Texas

All-Star Insurance Group Inc., a full service independent insurance agency based in Gilmer, Texas, has added Joye Cooper and Jeniffer Kitchell as agents. Cooper will maintain an office at All-Star Insurance Group’s home office located at 201 East Marshall St. …

Pageler Named Chair of National Insurer Group’s Fraud Committee

Ranney Pageler, vice president of fraud investigations at Employers Insurance, has been named chair of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) Fraud Committee. Pageler, who is based in Austin, Texas, will serve a two-year term in this role. …

Mullis Newby Hurst Opens Office in San Antonio

Dallas-based Mullis Newby Hurst LP (MNH), one of the largest writers of construction insurance and surety bonds in the Southwest, has hired David Layman to expand to San Antonio. Layman has served as head of contract surety underwriting for NAS Surety …

Ebola Monitoring in Texas Expires for Some

About 120 people are now being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people in Dallas who had the disease, Texas health officials said. Officials said 43 of 48 people …

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