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PIA of Florida, National Insurance Underwriters Launch E&O Partnership

The Professional Insurance Agents of Florida Inc. (PIA of Florida) has tapped National Insurance Underwriters (NIU) as the official underwriter of its insurance agents’ professional liability errors and omissions insurance. The partnership enables NIU to now offer E&O coverage from …

Georgia Lawmaker Files Medical Marijuana Bill

A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia. Republican Rep. Allen Peake, who serves as part of the House leadership team, filed the legislation known as “Haleigh’s …

Massey Ex-CEO Blankenship Faces Criminal Charges Over 2010 Mine Explosion

The former Massey Energy chief, scorned by regulators and a U.S. senator, may face three decades in prison if convicted of charges stemming from a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers, the worst U.S. coal industry accident in …

Florida Motorists Kill Record Number of Endangered Panthers

A record set in 2012 for the number of endangered panthers killed by vehicles has been matched in southwest Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say a panther whose carcass was found last Thursday in Collier County is …

West Virginia University Suspends Fraternities

West Virginia University last week suspended activities at its fraternities and sororities after a freshman suffered a “catastrophic medical emergency” at a frat house. Nolan Burch, 18, from Buffalo, New York, was found unresponsive and without a pulse on the …

West Virginia Court Reinstates Damages Against City for Flooding

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of monetary damages to Huntington homeowners hit by flooding in 2011. The high court ruled in an appeal brought by five plaintiffs along Krouts Creek, The Herald-Dispatch reported. Last year a …

Florida Gov. Scott Facing Rising Seas, Climate Change Politics

When Florida Governor Rick Scott won re-election Nov. 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $20 million painting him as a climate-change denier. Scott, a 61-year-old Republican who during the campaign deflected …

Richcreek Joins Willis Health Care Team in Orlando

Insurance and reinsurance broker Willis North America has appointed Karyn Richcreek as vice president, Health Care Practice, at Willis of Orlando. Richcreek will be responsible for business development and client retention of physician groups, accountable care organizations, hospitals and ambulatory …

South Carolina Holding Hearings on Medical Marijuana

A legislative panel looking at the use of medical marijuana in South Carolina is holding hearings. The committee met in Greenville on Thursday with another session set for Florence next month. The panel established earlier this year will report back …

Alabama Rejects $1M Claim by Parents of Slain Auburn University Student

An Alabama state board this week rejected a $1 million claim filed by the parents of a slain Auburn University student, who said their daughter might still be alive if the university had maintained its own police force at the …

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