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Bird Flu Found in Georgia Farm Chicken Flock

About 18,000 chickens were destroyed at a northwest Georgia poultry farm after tests confirmed avian influenza in the flock, the first time the disease has been detected in commercial birds in the state, authorities said Monday. The infected chickens were …

Dissel to Open First Brightway Insurance Agency in South Carolina

Brightway Insurance is scheduled to open its first agency in South Carolina next week. Veteran insurance agent and now Brightway Agency owner, Gregory Dissel, will open the doors to Brightway, The Dissel Agency on Monday, April 3. While new to …

Citizens Seeks Florida Agents’ Help Fighting Water Claims Abuse

As the Florida property market fights what has so far been a losing battle against attorneys and unlicensed contractor firms over water loss claims and assignment of benefits (AOB), Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s property insurer of last resort, has …

Citizens Posts Net Loss of $27M for 2016; Says Water Losses, AOB Abuse to Blame

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will post a net loss for 2016, its first loss in more than a decade, as water loss claims, assignment of benefit (AOB) abuse and litigation costs increasingly impact the company’s bottom line, according to a …

Two Georgia Women Wanted for Claiming Injuries for Fake Auto Accidents

The Georgia Department of Insurance has issued warrants for two women on multiple counts of insurance fraud for allegedly filing fake auto injury claims that bilked two insurance companies out of more than $21,000. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said in …

Mississippi Long-Term Recovery Agency Back to Work in Tornado-Ravaged Areas

The long-term recovery agency in Hattiesburg, Miss., R3SM, is still getting some of its people in place, but officials with the organization say it is ready to take on the huge job of leading three of the four counties hit …

Florida Court to Hear Lawsuit Against Employer, Wife of Nightclub Shooter

A lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman’s employer and wife was withdrawn from federal court and filed in state court in South Florida on Monday. Attorneys for 61 Pulse victims and family members of …

1,700 Pounds of Catfish Recalled From Mississippi Processing Facility

A Mississippi catfish processor is recalling 1,700 pounds of fish after the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that it contained chemicals banned in fish farming. The Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that a Thursday inspection found the fish …

Crackdown on Spring Breakers Leads to Fewer Arrests Along Alabama Coast

Police in Alabama’s two largest beach towns say they’re arrested more than 450 spring breakers so far this year, and that’s a big improvement from last year. Police in both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are implementing get-tough policies this …

Florida Conditions Ripe For More Wildfires

The smell of smoke is in downtown Orlando. On Sunday, a brush fire caused a part of State Road 528 to be shut down between Orlando and the Space Coast. A fire burned last week near the north-central Florida town …

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