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West Virginia Motorcyclist Wins $500K in Suit Against Travelers, Truck Driver

A jury has awarded more than $500,000 to a motorcyclist in South Charleston, W. Va., who was injured in a lumber spill wreck. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors reached the verdict last week in Larry Keeling Jr.’s case. Keeling’s attorney …

Fisher Named Executive Director of PIA of Tennessee

Kristopher Fisher has been named executive director of the Professional Insurance Agents of Tennessee. Transitioning from director of Member Services to executive director, Fisher’s new responsibilities include: management of the PIA Advantage Services Corporation programs and products; management of the …

Citizens Board Approves $2.46B Risk Transfer Program for 2016 Hurricane Season

Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors has approved a $2.46 billion risk transfer program as the state heads into the 2016 hurricane season, the insurer said in a statement. By unanimous vote, Citizens Board approved a package that …

Encompass Insurance Exits North Carolina Personal Lines Market

Encompass Indemnity Insurance, an Allstate Insurance company that sells business through independent agents, has exited the North Carolina personal lines market. As of this month, Encompass is no longer renewing business in the state. However, the departure of the company, …

The Villages Insurance Hires Shannon as Advisor in Florida

The Villages Insurance Agency has hired Jason Shannon as advisor for its Commercial Risk Management Division. The Commercial Risk Management Team specializes in protecting business owners and their employees nationwide. Shannon has been in the insurance industry for over eight …

West Virginia Drug Diversion Squad to Aid in Fight Against State Drug Abuse

A new tactical diversion squad through the Drug Enforcement Agency will help north central West Virginia fight the state’s growing drug problem. WBOY-TV reports that starting next month the diversion squad will assist local law enforcement in catching drug dealers, …

Mississippi Passes Law to Speed up Physician Licensing Across State Lines

Out-of-state physicians could get licensed to practice in Mississippi more quickly, under a new law. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 41 on May 16, and it became law right away. It adds Mississippi to an agreement among states to …

Miami-Dade Approves Water Citations for Property Owners in Zika Prevention Effort

Florida’s Miami-Dade County is stepping up enforcement to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, including Zika. County commissioners May 17 passed an ordinance allowing authorities to take “necessary corrective action” during a public health emergency to reduce mosquito breeding sites …

Alabama Jury Awards $20M in Medical Malpractice Suit Against Hospital

A jury in northeast Alabama has returned a $20 million verdict against a local rehab hospital. The Gadsden Times reports that an Etowah County jury on May 18 found that a woman received an overdose of non-prescribed opiates while she …

West Virginia Town Issued ‘Do Not Drink’ Advisory Over Chemical Level in Water

West Virginia officials have issued a “Do Not Drink” advisory for Vienna water after the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new limit for the amount of a chemical present in Wood County’s drinking water. News outlets report that state officials …

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