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Louisiana’s Homeowners Market Stronger 9 Years after Katrina

Louisiana’s property insurance market is vastly improved nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state on Aug. 29, 2005, largely due to the implementation of statewide building codes and strategies that have helped create a more competitive marketplace, according to …

Parker Named New CEO of USAA

Stuart Parker, currently chief operating officer at San Antonio-based USAA has been named to succeed current CEO Joe Robles when he retires at the end of February 2015. USAA Capital Corporation President Carl Liebert will succeed Parker in the role …

Endris, Parker Join Higginbotham/Swantner & Gordon in Texas

Commercial insurance brokers Aaron Endris and Bryan Parker joined the Swantner & Gordon branch office of Higginbotham in Corpus Christi, Texas. Endris joins as manager of the bond department and Parker as associate of property/casualty insurance, concentrating his service to …

Texas County Reaches $775K Deal in Taser Case

Bastrop County in Texas has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser. The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said …

Louisiana Parish Dangerous Dog Ordinance Requires Liability Coverage

The Lafourche Parish Council in has approved a measure to tighten ownership restrictions for dangerous and vicious dogs. As with a similar law passed by the Terrebonne Parish Council this summer, The Courier reports the ordinance is not breed specific. …

Officials: Texas Man Deliberately Ruined $1M Bugatti Car

Federal authorities say an East Texas man has admitted to deliberately driving his $1 million car into Gulf waters so that he could collect insurance on the vehicle. Authorities announced that 39-year-old Andy Lee House of Lufkin has pleaded guilty …

Oklahoma to Require Earthquake Insurance Education for Producers

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has approved an emergency rule adopted by Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak that requires all licensed producers and adjusters with the property line of authority to complete one hour of continuing education on the topic of earthquake insurance every …

Texas Considers Tougher Rules on Disoposal Wells

As scientists investigate whether injection wells where the booming oil and gas industry disposes of wastewater cause earthquakes, the Texas agency that oversees oil and gas is proposing a regulatory overhaul. The Texas Railroad Commission is proposing new rules that …

20 Hurt in Accident Involving Private School Bus in Houston

Nearly two-dozen passengers of a school bus were hurt when the bus veered off a Houston road and struck a tree. Houston fire officials say the 20 people taken to hospitals for treatment appeared to suffer minor injuries. There were …

Semitrailer Wrecks in Texas Panhandle Caused by High Winds

Texas authorities say strong winds in the Texas Panhandle have caused the rollovers of two highway semitrailers. A Department of Public Safety spokesman tells the Amarillo Globe-News that two people were injured in a wreck Sunday afternoon near Goodnight. Another …

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