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West Virginia’s Coal Country Split as New Law Pits Owners, Workers: Commodities

Mike Caputo, one of the top Democrats in the West Virginia legislature, began working in the state’s coal mines at age 19. It helped put his kids through school, he said, and helped him pay for his family home. Now …

Judge Halts Google Investigation by Mississippi Attorney General, For Now

The Mississippi attorney general’s attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Monday granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction, preventing Attorney General Jim Hood from going through …

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears for West Virginia Farmers

A deadline is approaching for West Virginia farmers to buy insurance for crops planted in the spring. March 15 is the closing date to either buy crop insurance or change an existing policy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management …

Hilb Group Acquires Florida-Based West Coast Insurance

The Hilb Group, LLC (THG) has acquired West Coast Insurance (WCI) of Tampa, Fla. The transaction became effective on March 1. WCI will continue to operate at its current location under the leadership of previous owner and president, George Lackey. …

Georgia’s State Bank & Trust Acquires Boyett Agency, Creates Insurance Division

State Bank and Trust Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Bank Financial Corp., has launched an insurance division to offer State Bank customers a range of personal and commercial insurance products. State Bank enters the insurance business through the acquisition …

Secret Service: Cybercrime ‘Skimming’ Cases on the Rise in North Carolina

The U.S. Secret Service says “skimming,” a cybercrime which targets automatic teller machines and gasoline pumps and the people who use them, is on the rise in the Charlotte, N.C., area. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Secret Service reports …

West Virginia Judges Approve $11.3M Settlement with Ex-Mountain State Students

A three-judge panel says former students of West Virginia’s Mountain State University are entitled to an $11.3 million payout. Media reports state that the so-called mass litigation panel met in Charleston last Thursday to approve the proposed settlement. The students …

MedMal Direct to Expand Through Liberty Mutual Partnership

Jacksonville, Fla.-based MedMal Direct Insurance Co. formed a strategic alliance with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance, effective January 1, 2015. As a quota share reinsurer of MedMal Direct, Liberty Mutual will support MedMal Direct’s further …

Low Water Levels at Tennessee’s Boone Lake Concern Nearby Business Owners

Business owners around Boone Lake worry they might be left high and dry this summer with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s sustained drawdown of the lake. The Johnson City Press reported that TVA has announced that water levels will remain low …

Florida Court: Proof Needed That Drivers Knew of Hit-and-Run to be Charged

Drivers in Florida can’t be prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident unless there is proof they knew they were in a crash. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously agreed last week with a lower court’s decision to throw out …

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