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West Virginia’s Small City Balks at Restriction on Radar Use

Benwood, West Virginia Police Chief Frank Longwell is calling for changes to a state law regarding radar after his city lost state funding for speed enforcement. The law doesn’t allow police in Class IV municipalities, those with populations of 2,000 …

West Virginia Names Fire Marshal

Anthony Carrico has been appointed as West Virginia’s state fire marshal. The West Virginia Fire Commission selected Carrico to succeed Sterling Lewis Jr. Carrico has been serving as acting state fire marshal since Lewis retired in April 2013. His appointment …

Mississippi’s New DUI Law Goes Into Effect With Mixed Reaction

Changes in Mississippi’s DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system. The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take …

Mississippi Police Departments Revise Policies on Suspect Chases

Columbus Police Chief Tony Carleton has rewritten the department’s pursuit policy to allow shift supervisors to decide if officers are to chase a suspect if he flees. Previously, officers were instructed not to chase a suspect if he fled. Whether …

North Carolina Big ‘I’ Names Georgia’s Knight As CEO

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IANC) has named Aubie W. Knight as  its new chief executive officer. Knight, currently CEO of a neighboring Big “I” association, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia (IIAG), will join the IIANC staff …

Coastal Carolina University Suspends 3 Fraternities

Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. has suspended three fraternities after administrators received hazing complaints. Coastal spokeswoman Martha Hunn told local reporters the chapters of Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi have been placed on suspension while …

Alabama Gas Explosion Heightens Concern Over Cast-Iron Pipe Corrosion

When Darryle Brown woke up in the dark hours of an early December morning, he heard an explosion. Suddenly, Brown was on fire and trapped underneath an eight-inch-thick concrete slab – the floor of his fiancée’s two-story apartment unit in …

Liberty Mutual Names Sellers As Southeast Manager for National Property

Liberty Mutual Insurance’s National Accounts Property operation has appointed C. Wesley Sellers as Southeast division manager. Sellers, who is based in Atlanta, has 25 years of experience in the property insurance industry, most recently as vice president, Southeast property underwriting, …

A Day In Nation’s Busiest Fire Station in Ft. Lauderdale

It’s 8:15 p.m. and the four-member crew of Fort Lauderdale Fire Department Engine 8 has just made its way back to the firehouse after two back-to-back calls — one where an SUV plowed into a store and another where a …

Florida’s Citizens Pays Off Bond, Drops Surcharge 2 Years Early

Florida’s state-backed property insurer will stop collecting a one-percent assessment that had been used to retire a bond issued following the 2004-2005 hurricane season. The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of directors decided the insurer will have the necessary funds …

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