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Tough Budget-Rebalancing Awaits Returning Louisiana Lawmakers

Louisiana’s lawmakers are trudging back to work after Gov. John Bel Edwards called them to the Capitol for a special deficit-reduction session that many of them didn’t want to have. The 10-day session that began Monday, a day before Valentine’s Day, …

R Street Applauds Texas Bill to Rein in Hail Claims

The R Street Institute applauded the introduction today of S.B. 10, legislation to rein in the growth in Texas hail-related litigation. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would provide revisions to Texas law, preserving the …

Beyonce Faces $20M Copyright Lawsuit in Louisiana from Youtube Star’s Estate

The estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star has filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce over the use of his voice in her “Formation” video. The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy …

Suspected Shooter in Oklahoma Accused of Stealing Insurance Money

Federal investigators say an Oklahoma man who fatally shot himself this week after being suspected of killing two people was facing felony charges connected to an insurance scheme. An FBI affidavit alleges that 55-year-old Timothy Michael Deffner of Norman stole …

Talk Expected to Turn to Earthquakes at Tornado Summit in Oklahoma

Hundreds of top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City this week for a national tornado summit, though much of the discussion is expected to focus on temblors, not twisters. The annual three-day conference in the middle of …

State, Federal Officials Investigating Louisiana Blast that Killed 3

Authorities have identified the three workers who died in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder, La. The Beauregard Daily news reports that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office identified those killed as 33-year-old William Rolls, Jr.; …

Phillips 66: Worker Unaccounted for After Louisiana Pipeline Explosion

A Phillips 66 employee remains unaccounted for after an explosion sparked a fire at a pipeline station it operates west of New Orleans, the company said in a statement. Six people were working at the site in Paradis, Louisiana, when …

Suspected Oklahoma Shooter Accused of Stealing Insurance Money

An FBI affidavit filed says an Oklahoma man, who authorities say fatally shot himself after being suspected of killing two people, faced five felony counts of uttering forged instruments in connection with an insurance scheme. The affidavit says 55-year-old Timothy …

Texas High Court Sides with Policyholder in Ike-Damaged Property Case

When is a fence a “dwelling” structure for insurance coverage purposes and when is it an “other structure?” The Texas Supreme Court, relying on disputed language in a Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. homeowners policy, found that a fence is a …

Central Texas Now Has Air Tanker Base to Help Fight Wildfires

State Rep. John Cyrier (Lockhart) announced the establishment of a portable air tanker base at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) capable of equipping large, Type 1 air tankers to drop fire retardant during wildfire events in Central Texas and surrounding …

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