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Federal Water Center in Alabama to Provide Aid in National Water Crises

A new federal center will help improve forecasts and emergency response during future water crises like the California drought and flooding in Texas, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said this week. Pritzker’s comments came during the unveiling of the National Water …

Tennessee Court: Employee Reporting Misconduct to Owner Not a Whistleblower

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee must report an employer’s wrongful activity to someone other than the wrongdoer in order to qualify as a whistleblower. The court affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower claim by Charles Haynes, …

Report: Florida Coastal Communities Rebuilt, Ready to Face Future Storms

Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state’s coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. …

Marsh Appoints Wood as Southeast Partnership Leader in Atlanta

Marsh has appointed Julie Wood as Southeast Partnership leader based in Atlanta. In this role, Wood is responsible for ensuring the delivery of Marsh’s advisory and transactional services to clients throughout its Southeast Partnership, which includes Marsh’s Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., …

Rental Company Sues Kentucky County for Unpaid Bills from 2012 Tornado Recovery

An eastern Kentucky county ravaged by a 2012 tornado is being sued for nearly $1 million by a Lexington company that provided rented trailers, generators, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment after the deadly twister hit. Morgan County officials agree they …

Former Florida Highway Patrol Officer Pleads Guilty to Selling Accident Reports

A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper could get prison time after pleading guilty to an extortion charge for accepting bribes for selling confidential accident reports. The ex-trooper, Kirk Chambers, pleaded guilty last week to an extortion conspiracy charge under color …

Report Finds West Virginia Roads, Bridges Among the Worst in U.S.

West Virginia received poor marks in a new report that examined traffic fatalities and road and bridge conditions in rural areas. Twenty-nine percent of major rural roads in West Virginia were in poor condition in 2013, the sixth highest rate …

Cement Company Negligence Charge Dismissed in Florida Teen Suicide Suit

A judge in Florida has tossed a portion of a lawsuit that alleged negligence against a cement company in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied. Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from …

Insurers Get Ready to Comply With New Mississippi Property Insurance Clarity Act

Property insurers in Mississippi have until October 1, 2015 to respond to the Mississippi Insurance Department’s (MID) first call for homeowners’ insurance policy data that will be used to satisfy the requirements of the new Mississippi Property Insurance Clarity Act. …

Clean Up Underway for Mississippi County Hit by Tornado

A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Miss., Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said no one was killed or injured …

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