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West Virginia’s Historic Harpers Ferry Devastated by Fire

The commercial area in historic Harpers Ferry, W. Va., was devastated July 23 when a fire destroyed a building that housed at least a half dozen businesses, Mayor Gregory Vaughn said. He said a long building that extended from one …

Ex-Massey CEO’s Lawyers: Keep West Virginia Mine Blast Out of Criminal Trial

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship want evidence about the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia kept out of his criminal trial this fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the attorneys filed a motion …

South Carolina Requests Federal Evaluation on Day Care E.Coli Outbreak Response

South Carolina’s public health department has asked federal officials to evaluate both the agency’s response to an E. coli outbreak that killed one child at a Greenwood day care facility and its infectious disease programs overall. Department of Health and …

Miami Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $80K from Clients

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud has announced the arrest of Mandy Rodriguez, 35, on felony fraud and grand theft charges after an investigation revealed that Rodriguez, a licensed insurance agent, allegedly stole more than $80,000 …

Ridesharing Rules Make it Through North Carolina Senate

A deal brokered between North Carolina lawmakers and ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to place regulations on the app-based companies has passed the Senate and will go to the House. The Senate passed a bill July 23 expanding …

Cameras to be Placed on Atlanta School Buses

Atlanta Public Schools is planning to mount cameras on school buses to catch drivers who illegally pass while the buses are stopped. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions is planning to mount cameras on the side of APS …

Transport Company Updates Public on West Virginia Oil Train Crash Cleanup

CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said last week. The company held a public informational meeting that drew a sparse turnout July 21 at the Glen …

The Doctors Co. Challenging Florida’s Order to Decrease Med Mal Rates

An order by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation for medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Co. (TDC) to decrease its rates by 15 percent is being contested by the California-based company. A hearing has been set for Oct. 7, 2015, …

A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Tower Hill Prime Insurance Co.

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a-” to Tower Hill Prime Insurance Company (Tower Hill Prime) in Gainesville, Fla. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable. The ratings …

Prosecutors Request Guilty Plea Hearing for Executive in West Virginia Spill Case

Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on July 22, prosecutors …

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