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Nored Named to Head Legal Division at Texas Insurance Department

Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has selected Michael Nored to head the Legal Division at the Texas Department of Insurance. Nored replaces Stan Strickland, a 21-year veteran of the agency who is leaving at the end of the month to …

Severe Storms Cause Damage Across Texas

A powerful storm system unleashed strong winds and torrential rains across much of Texas over night on Sunday, knocking out power, damaging homes and flooding streets. Authorities say at least 30 homes were damaged when the storm rolled through parts of North …

Judge Dismisses Biggest Civil Case in Austin Music Fest Crash

A judge has dismissed the largest civil case that had been brought against South by Southwest, the city of Austin and others from victims of a 2014 crash during the music festival that killed four people and injured 20. The …

Arkansas Jury Awards $2M to Former Railroad Engineer

An Arkansas jury has ordered Union Pacific Corp. to pay a former engineer $2 million for injuries he suffered in a 2013 train crash. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that nine of 12 Pulaski County jurors decided 51-year-old Johnnie Ray Walker …

Arkansas Man Gets Five Years in Prison for $1.6M Insurance Fraud

A Fort Smith, Ark., man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison plus three years of supervised release for defrauding insurance customers, federal authorities say. Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants More Focus on Repeat Drunk Drivers

An Oklahoma woman was killed in a traffic accident on New Year’s Eve caused by a drunk driver who had been cited several times previously for driving under the influence. Now, an Oklahoma state representative is calling for a stronger …

As GOP Seeks Repeal, Louisiana Governor Defends Medicaid Expansion

Gov. John Bel Edwards is outlining his defense for Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion, pushing back on Republican work in Congress to dismantle the federal health law that created the program. The Democratic governor is highlighting the health services people have received …

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Backs Plan for Rural Health Care

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is calling attention to a new effort to combat health issues in rural Oklahoma after attending the Rural Health Leadership Summit hosted by the OSU Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS). At the Jan. 10 event, …

Fire Destroys 20 Transit-System Buses in Northwest Arkansas

A transit system serving four counties in northwest Arkansas has restricted its service after an early morning fire destroyed nearly all its buses. Ozark Regional Transit says the fire broke out on Jan. 10 in a bus canopy in Springdale, …

Fire Danger Now High in Oklahoma but Icy Winter Storm on the Way

The National Weather Service says strong winds, unseasonably warm temperatures and low humidity have combined to create a high risk of wildfires in Oklahoma. Forecasters issued a red flag fire warning for western Oklahoma, and say temperatures in the mid-70s, …

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