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Despite Record Rainfall Last Fall, Drought Creeps Into Parts of South Carolina

People might not know it from the lush fields and full lakes in most of South Carolina, but drought is creeping into the northwest corner of the state. A June heat wave combined with weeks of dry weather has a …

Uber Reaches Deal to Re-Enter Alabama City

An agreement that would bring Uber back to Tuscaloosa has been reached, although the city council still must give final approval next week. The Tuscaloosa News reports that most city councilors support the ride-for-hire amendment that will allow Uber to …

Prime Property & Casualty Expands into Florida Commercial Auto Market

Prime Property and Casualty Insurance Inc. (PPCI) has expanded into the Florida commercial auto market as an admitted carrier specializing in insurance products for distressed and substandard risks. PPCI is able to insure any commercial auto risk class with adverse …

For Disney in Florida, Capturing ‘Nuisance’ Alligators Is Normal Part of Business

Walt Disney Co. has had more than 240 “nuisance” alligators captured and killed over the last 10 years at its Florida theme park property, according to state records.  The records reveal the park’s constant struggle to keep alligators away from …

3K Cases of Beer Stolen from Atlanta Brewery

A mystery is brewing in Atlanta, where someone stole an ocean of beer. A brewery in the city says nearly 3,300 cases of beer went missing when two of its refrigerated trailers were stolen. SweetWater Brewing Co. said the trailers …

Florida Workers’ Comp Fraud Sting Ends with 8 Arrests

A multi-agency undercover workers’ compensation sting in Polk County, Fla., led by the Florida Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), led to the arrests of eight individuals, according to a statement from DFS. The eight individuals …

Florida’s Citizens Says AOB Abuse to Blame for Statewide Rate Increase of 6.8%

Citizens Board of Governors has approved recommended rates for 2017 that equal an average rate increase of nearly 7 percent statewide. The company said the increase is a necessary response to rising non-weather water losses and assignment of benefit (AOB) …

North Carolina Mother, Daughter Accused of Car Insurance Fraud

The North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) has accused a mother and daughter of insurance fraud, according to a statement from the department. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrests June 15 of Paige Marie Alexander, 18, and Taiwanna Marshell …

Vertafore Expands Comparative Rating System Into Florida Property Market

Vertafore, a provider of insurance technology, has added several new homeowner carriers to their flagship comparative rating system PL Rating, expanding the company’s reach into the Florida property market. Since its acquisition of QQSolutions, a Florida-based agency management system and …

Integro Acquires Equine Broker Jerry Parks Insurance Group in Florida

International broker and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers has added to its livestock coverage capabilities with the acquisition of Ocala, Florida-based corporations Jerry Parks Equine Insurance, Inc. and Parks Insurance Corporation. Financial details of the transactions have not been …

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