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Federal Investigators Conclude West Virginia Chemical Spill Was Preventable

A 2014 chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians could have been avoided if a company inspected its storage tanks and saw two tiny holes forming at the bottom, federal investigators said Wednesday. Almost three years after …

Hurricane Hermine Declared Major Disaster; Federal Funds Available to Florida

President Barack Obama has officially declared a major disaster for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine. A news release says Obama signed the disaster declaration Wednesday. The president’s action makes federal funding available to residents and businesses in Citrus, …

Apartment Fire Near South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Leaves 17 Homeless

Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged 12 apartments near Myrtle Beach, S.C., leaving 17 people homeless. Media outlets report that the fire broke out late Tuesday afternoon at the complex in the Carolina …

Regulators Say South Carolina Nuclear Fuel Plant Put Workers at ‘Substantial’ Risk

Federal regulators say they’ve found there was a “substantial potential” for an accident that could have injured workers at the Westinghouse nuclear fuel plant near Columbia. Media outlets report the preliminary results of an investigation into a uranium built up …

Florida Governor Issues Emergency Rule on Public Notice of Pollution Events

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an emergency rule requiring public notification of pollution events within 24 hours, a move that comes after it took weeks to notify local residents about a fertilizer plant that leaked millions of gallons of …

Alabama Water Utility Sues 30-Plus Flooring Companies Over Water Pollution

The Water Works and Sewer Board in Gadsden, Ala., has filed a lawsuit against more than 30 carpet and textile companies over pollution in the city’s water supply. Media outlets report that the lawsuit, filed Sept. 22, says the companies …

University in South Carolina Awarded $25K to Study Climate Change on State’s Coast

College students will be working to gauge the impact of climate change along the South Carolina coast, one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation. The Sun News reports that Coastal Carolina University has received a $25,000 National Science Foundation …

North Carolina Woman Accused of Filing $42K Property Claim With 2 Companies

A woman in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly submitting a duplicate property claim, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Kathryn Taylor Reynolds, 39, of Dobson has been charged with one count …

DTRT Insurance Group Acquires Miami-Based Setnor and Associates

DTRT Insurance Group (Do The Right Thing) has acquired Setnor and Associates, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage firm based in Miami. The acquisition will expand DTRT’s footprint into a new city and market where the company said it …

Former Verizon Worker in Alabama Accused of Selling Customer Phone Records

A former Verizon Wireless technician is accused of using the company’s computers to obtain customers’ private call records – plus data showing where customers’ phones were – and then selling them to an unnamed private investigator, federal prosecutors said. Daniel …

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