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Louisiana Disaster Declarations in Last 18 Months Involved Nearly 90% of Parishes

With hurricane season fast approaching, the Louisiana Department of Insurance is pointing out that in the last 18 months, nearly 90 percent of the state’s parishes have been included in major disaster declarations. The LDI is advising policyholders to take …

A.M. Best: Outlook Stable for MGA Insurance in Dallas

A.M. Best has revised the long-term issuer credit rating (long-term ICR) outlook to stable from positive and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the long-term ICR of “bbb” of MGA Insurance Company Inc. (MGA), based in Dallas. The …

Damage Assessment from 7 Oklahoma Tornados Ongoing

Meteorologists say seven tornados that occurred in northeast Oklahoma last week have received preliminary damage ratings. The Tulsa World reports tornados near Wagoner, Red Bird and Porter reached estimated wind speeds of up to 105 mph. The storms uprooted trees, …

Storm Triggered Sensor Halts Texas Roller Coaster, Strands Riders

Six Flags Over Texas says stormy weather including high winds triggered a safety sensor that halted a new roller coaster and left eight riders stranded for hours in its Arlington, Texas, theme park. The 120-foot-tall (36-meter-tall) Joker ride shut down …

Texas Workers’ Comp Research Group Lays Out 2017 Agenda

The Texas Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group has released its 2017 research agenda, a blueprint for its efforts to provide critical data for decision-makers in the Texas workers’ compensation system, the Texas Department of Insurance reported. The research group requests suggestions …

BenefitMall in Dallas Names Gomes Executive VP, Benefits Sales

Dallas-based BenefitMall, a provider of employee benefits, human resources and payroll products and services, has reappointed Michael Gomes as executive vice president, Benefits Sales Division. Gomes will be responsible for all benefits sales and services, including group, self-funded, senior and individual in …

Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner: Phone Scams Targeting Storm Victims

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is urging storm victims to be on the lookout for scam artists. The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Division has received complaints about suspicious phone calls to storm victims in Elk City and Perkins. The …

Louisiana Getting Another $51M in Federal Flood Aid

Louisiana’s getting another $51 million in federal dollars to help with recovery from last year’s floods. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced the latest figure Thursday. He says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released information about how it …

Texas Senate Passes Texting While Driving Ban

The Texas Senate on May 19 passed a measure banning texting while driving statewide. HB 62 by Midland Rep. Tom Craddick previously was approved by the House. While more than 100 cities in the state have texting and driving bans …

Texas Christian Camp to Settle Federal Discrimination Suit for $70K

Carolina Creek Christian Camp Inc., a Huntsville, Texas-area business offering summer camping and retreats, will pay $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency …

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