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Florida Court: Proof Needed That Drivers Knew of Hit-and-Run to be Charged

Drivers in Florida can’t be prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident unless there is proof they knew they were in a crash. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously agreed last week with a lower court’s decision to throw out …

South Carolina Law Enforcement Looking for Killers of Chickens Worth $1.7M

South Carolina law officers are hunting for the chicken killers who have sabotaged farmers several times over the past two weeks, leaving 300,000 birds dead at a cost of as much as $1.7 million. Multiple media reports say the Clarendon …

Florida Homeownership Suffered Steep Decline in Last Decade

Florida had one of the largest declines in homeownership in the nation during the past decade, according to new figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The homeownership rate in Florida went from more than 73 percent at …

Update: Nashville Flood Protection Plan Must be Approved by City Council

Nashville government officials now say that funding for a proposed $100 million flood protection plan still has to be approved by the city council. Officials discovered last week that the council approved the funding with the wrong type of financing. …

South Carolina Court Orders J&J to Pay $136M in Risperdal Case

South Carolina’s Supreme Court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a penalty of $136 million, upholding a jury’s finding that the drugmaker’s Janssen unit had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and concealed its risks. A trial court had earlier …

All Risks Adds Aimini as Brokerage Underwriter in Miami

Jorge Aimini has joined the Miami office of All Risks as a brokerage underwriter. Aimini’s responsibilities will comprise of underwriting accounts within the parameters of All Risks’ contract binding agreements and accessing brokerage markets for a variety of risks in …

Kentucky Ignition Interlock Bill for Drunken Drivers Heads to Senate

The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at toughening Kentucky’s DUI laws by requiring convicted drunken drivers to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. The bill cleared the House on a 96-0 vote Wednesday and now goes to …

Nashville to Put $100M Flood Protection Plan in Place

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has unveiled a $100 million flood protection plan for Music City that includes a 2,100-foot-long flood wall located on the city’s downtown riverfront. “I look at this downtown flood protection system as an insurance policy,” Dean …

Derailed Train in West Virginia Had Safer Tank Cars

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia earlier this month is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires – leading …

Increase in Kentucky Fracking Prompts Lawmakers to Update Rules

As Kentucky mines less coal and produces more natural gas, state lawmakers want to update the environmental protection rules that drilling companies are required to follow. But some landowners worry the state’s rush to welcome the practice of hydraulic fracturing, …

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