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North Carolina Rate Bureau Withdraws Dwelling Rate Increase of 19.6% over Data Error

The North Carolina Rate Bureau is alerting all member companies that it has withdrawn its request for a 19.6 percent rate increase on dwelling policies due to a data error on its Dwelling Policy Program revisions announced in April, 2016. …

Court Upholds Blankenship Conviction Over Fatal West Virginia Mine Blast

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected former Massey Energy Co Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship’s bid to overturn his conviction and one-year prison sentence related to his role in a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers. …

Trial Set to Begin in West Virginia Over Subaru Car Fire Deaths

Nearly eight years after a car wreck claimed the lives of a mother and two teens in Cabell County, a trial is set to begin in a lawsuit against Subaru. The trial is slated for Jan. 23 in Kanawha County, …

Team Formed to Review How Wildfire Spread to Tennessee Tourist City

Authorities are forming a team to investigate the massive fires that tore through a Tennessee tourist city late last year, killing 14 people. The team will be made up of representatives from the Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the …

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. Opens First Office in Georgia

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. has opened a new claims office in Conyers, Ga., according to Jeff Pettus, president and chief executive officer of the third-party administrator. Overseeing the operations in the Conyers office is Cheryl Hill, claim supervisor. The office …

Georgia Estimates $30M in Insured Losses from Early January Storm

A violent storm that hit southwest Georgia at the start of the year, killing at least one person, is estimated to have caused $30 million in insured losses, according to the state’s insurance office. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said damage …

Round 2: Mississippi AG Picks New Fight With Google Over Student Privacy

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits. Attorney General Jim Hood …

North Carolina Coal Ash Neighbors Balk at Duke Energy $5K ‘Goodwill’ Payment

Neighbors living near Duke Energy’s unlined coal ash pits around North Carolina are being offered payment of future water bills plus a $5,000 “goodwill” payment to households concerned their water wells could be polluted with heavy metals. The country’s largest …

Deaths of 3 Men Working on Florida Keys Road Project Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating the deaths of three men who collapsed underground at a Florida Keys road project. Monroe County spokeswoman Cammy Clark says one worker for the county’s contractor went down a drainage pipe Monday to investigate why a newly …

Baldwin Risk Partners Taps Finney to Lead Mainstreet Insurance Group in Tampa

Baldwin Risk Partners (BRP), a Tampa-based insurance distribution and consulting holding company, has appointed Joe Finney to President, Mainstreet Insurance Group (MIG). MIG is a division of BRP focused on providing insurance brokerage coverages and products to mainstreet Americans and …

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