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Florida Ban on Gun Ownership in Insurance Underwriting Goes to Governor

A Florida bill that would forbid insurance companies from refusing to serve or charging higher rates to applicants based on their ownership of a firearm has been sent to Gov. Rick Scott to sign. The measure passed the House 74-44 …

University of Kentucky Turns to Cameras, ID Cards to Fight Crime

Campus police at the University of Kentucky say new surveillance cameras are helping them fight crime. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe told WKYT-TV that the school has 400 cameras installed so far and another 1,600 are planned. He says security …

Duke Puts $10B Pricetag on North Carolina Coal-Ash Cleanup

Duke Energy Corp. said the total tab for cleaning up its North Carolina coal-ash dumps may reach $10 billion amid a call for national rules to regulate the disposal of the fossil-fuel byproduct. Duke plans to spend $2 billion to …

Florida’s Citizens to Shave Operating Costs by Consolidating Offices

Florida’s state-backed property insurer is seeking to control its operating costs by consolidating its office space, a move expected company officials say could save almost $12 million over the next five years. Citizens Property Insurance Corp. currently has offices in …

Florida Supreme Court Leaves PIP Reforms Intact

The Florida Supreme Court has declined to review the state’s no-fault automobile insurance personal injury protection (PIP) reforms that were designed to lower the cost of the coverage by targeting fraud and restricting emergency medical services. Parts of the 2012 …

John Edwards Returns to Courtroom in Medical Malpractice Trial

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has returned to the courtroom to help represent a 4-year-old Virginia boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina. Edwards is one of three attorneys representing the parents and guardians …

Agriculture Economists Help Mississippi Farmers Select Crop Insurance

Mississippi growers at some point this fall will have to make a momentous, one-time decision on how best to insure their livelihood over the next five years. In arriving at that decision, they will depend in large part on agricultural …

Lawsuits Over West Virginia Chemical Spill Moved to District Court

Lawsuits against Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaky chemical tank polluted drinking water in West Virginia, were transferred from bankruptcy court to federal district court in Charleston last week to “assure efficient case administration.” On Jan. 9, eight days before the …

West Virginia Seeks Input on Chemical Tank Safety Rules

West Virginia regulators are asking stakeholders for input as they begin developing rules to implement a new chemical storage tank safety law. The Water Resources Protection Act regulates above-ground storage tanks like the one that leaked at Freedom Industries on …

Florida Constitutional Amendment on Medical Malpractice Caps Urged

Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that supported those caps are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on …

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