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West Virginia Mine Board Approves Detection System Rule

A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close. The rule gives companies until July 1, 2017, to install proximity detection systems on …

South Carolina Looks to Increase Home Mitigation Funding

South Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase grants to homeowners who strengthen their homes against storm damage. The South Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved the “Competitive Insurance Act,” which will provide $1.6 million additional funding for …

SeaWorld Loses Bid to Nix OSHA Limit on Contact with Killer Whales

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. lost its bid to overturn U.S. limits on trainers’ contact with killer whales imposed after one of the animals drowned an amusement park employee during a 2010 show. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement that trainers …

Mississippi County, Atlantic Specialty in Claim Dispute on Burned Courthouse

A dispute over how much an insurance company owes Webster County for its burned courthouse has moved into federal court. The Webster County Board of Supervisors and Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. have sued each other, with two separate cases now …

West Virginia Jury Awards $1 Million to Fired Whistlblower Nurse

A former West Virginia hospital nurse has been awarded more than $1 million in a lawsuit that claimed she was fired for expressing concerns of possible violations. A Kanawha County Circuit Court jury made the award after a nine-day trial …

Florida Legislators Look to Expand, Regulate Telemedicine

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren’t any neurologists on …

Alabama Extends Statute of Limitations for Securities Fraud Cases

The director of the Alabama Securities Commission expects a new state law to make it easier to prosecute securities fraud cases that take years for the crime to emerge. Gov. Robert Bentley signed legislation this week sponsored by Republican Rep. …

45 Years Later, Hurricane Camille Downgraded

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at …

North Carolina’s Teen Driving Log Results in Fewer Fatalities, More Violations

The numbers of teen driving deaths and injuries have fallen in North Carolina but moving violations are up since the state’s General Assembly imposed new requirements on young drivers and their parents before teens can drive fully on their own, …

Former Georgia Agency Owner Charged With Insurance Fraud

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced this week that a former insurance agent from Franklin County has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud. Officials said James Travis Williams was arrested and charged with 15 counts of insurance fraud and …

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