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Lawmakers Halt Medical Marijuana Efforts in North Carolina

North Carolina legislators are stopping efforts to legalize marijuana to treat medical conditions. A state House committee voted Wednesday to kill a medical marijuana bill. Advocates say marijuana helps to manage chronic pain, and relatives of injured military veterans spoke …

The Main Street America Group Appoints Chris Cox to Lead New Florida Region

The Main Street America Group has appointed Chris Cox as president of the carrier’s newly created Florida Region. Main Street America’s primary brand in Florida is Old Dominion Insurance Co. “Florida has ascended to become Main Street America’s second largest …

West Virginia Chemical Spill Settlement for Community Projects Dropped

Lawyers for businesses and people affected by a massive chemical spill last year say a settlement to fund community projects is no longer being considered. In June 2014, lawyers for the groups affected by the Freedom Industries spill proposed the …

Duke Energy to Appeal $25M Fine by North Carolina Regulators

Duke Energy will appeal a $25.1 million fine by North Carolina environmental regulators over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The fine, which was announced …

A.M. Best Downgrades Ratings of Southern General Insurance Co.

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Southern General Insurance Co. (SGIC) of Marietta, Ga. The outlook for both ratings is negative. The …

Texting While Driving Officially Banned in Mississippi

Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting while driving after Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law this past week. House Bill 389 prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages, emails or social media messages. …

Retooled Medical Marijuana Bill Gets OK from Georgia Senate

After two rancorous years of squabbling, confusion and heated debate, Georgia appears on the verge of having a medical marijuana law after the state Senate passed a sweeping bill Tuesday that would allow cannabis oil to be used to treat …

North Carolina Scaffolding Accident Leads to 3 Worker Deaths

Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, N.C., killing three men and sending another to a hospital. All four men were involved in …

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Update to Guns in Company Parking Lots Bill

The Tennessee state Legislature passed a bill this week allowing workers to sue their employers if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked on company lots. The Senate passed the measure on a 28-5 vote, and the House …

Former Massey CEO Pleads Not Guilty to New Indictment in Mine Blast

The former chief executive of Massey Energy Co. pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a revised federal indictment arising from a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. The former chief executive, Donald Blankenship, entered his plea …

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