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Florida Woman Caught Faking Injury in Attempt to Collect Workers’ Comp Payments

The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) announced the arrest of a Fort Lauderdale woman after she attempted to fraudulently collect workers’ compensation payments following an alleged on-the-job injury. Sheyla Veronica White claimed that a …

8 West Virginia Counties Remain Under State of Emergency From June Floods

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is maintaining a state of emergency for eight West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June. On Monday, Tomblin announced the extension until Sept. 21 for eight of the 12 counties that have been under a …

2 Mississippi Communities Declared Ineligible for Federal Flood Aid

As thousands of south Louisiana flood victims apply for disaster assistance, residents of two Mississippi communities have been told they are not eligible for assistance. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokes tells The Natchez Democrat the damage in Crosby and Centreville …

Students in Georgia Residence Hall Displaced by Flood

A flood at a University of West Georgia residence hall has forced students to relocate to a local hotel. The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the on-campus residence hall was flooded Aug. 19 following a sprinkler system malfunction. Twenty-eight students were …

Opioid Overdoses in Florida County Jump 75% in 2016

Firefighters in Palm Beach County, Fla., have been responding to an average of five opioid-related overdoses every day this year. The Palm Beach Post reports that county firefighters are handling 75 percent more opioid-related overdoses than they did during the …

North Carolina Town to Expand Traffic Cameras After Collecting $1.3M in Fines

One of the few North Carolina cities using red-light cameras plans to expand their use after local schools collected $1.3 million in 13 months from thousands of ticketed drivers. The Fayetteville Observer reported that city officials plan to install the …

Brown & Brown Florida Office Denies EEOC Allegations of Pregnancy Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against national insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., over allegations it violated the Civil Rights Act by rescinding a job offer to a pregnant woman. …

West Virginia Begins Demolition of Flood-Ravaged Homes, Plans Town Recoveries

The West Virginia Army National Guard over the weekend began tearing down homes ruined by floods in June. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants those communities to rebuild with a long-term focus on diversifying their economies. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told …

Report: Thousands of South Carolina Flood Victims Still Need Help

Thousands of people in South Carolina still need home repairs, while the state has submitted a plan for using almost $100 million in federal housing aid almost a year after historic rains inundated the state. The state is now also …

Cause of 27-Car Pileup in Georgia Under Investigation

Georgia officials are investigating the cause of an accident on Interstate 75 in Bartow County that involved nearly 30 vehicles and sent several people to the hospital with minor injuries. The Georgia Department of Transportation tells news agencies that 27 …

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