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Fire at Atlanta Apartment Building Destroys at Least 24 Units

Fire officials say more than 20 apartments were damaged when a large fire tore through an apartment complex in northeast Atlanta. DeKalb County Fire Chief Norman Augustin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution roughly 24 units at the Ashford Druid Hills apartment …

Freedom Industries Seeks to Settle West Virginia Spill Case for $2.7M

Freedom Industries wants to wrap up its bankruptcy case by paying a variety of groups $6.7 million, including $2.7 million for victims of the company’s January 2014 chemical spill that sullied the water supply across nine counties. The company offered …

2 Small Weekend Earthquakes Shake Central Mississippi

State emergency officials said no injuries or major damage were reported Saturday night as two small earthquakes briefly shook central Mississippi – a part of the state where quakes are unusual. The U.S. Geological Survey said both occurred in Madison …

Amtrak, CSX File Suit Against Truck Company Over North Carolina Train Crash

A lawsuit filed Friday by Amtrak and CSX alleges that a trucking company caused a March train derailment that injured 55 people by failing to take safety precautions or warn that the track was blocked. The lawsuit in a Raleigh …

Family of Paralyzed Florida Teen Will Get $3.5M Settlement From New Law

The family of a Jacksonville teenager who was left paralyzed by a falling tree limb will receive a $3.5 million settlement under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday. If Scott signs the bill, Joseph and …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Stable for Georgia Farm Bureau Group Members

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and the issuer credit rating of “bbb-” of Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. and Georgia Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., …

Georgia Sperm Bank Responds to ‘Baseless’ Donor Misrepresentation Lawsuit

A Georgia-based sperm bank said in a court filing this week that a lawsuit accusing it of misrepresenting the medical and social history of a sperm donor is baseless. Xytex Corp. responded to the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior …

South Carolina Prosecutors: DUI Cases Should Rely Less on Police Video

South Carolina prosecutors want state law to de-emphasize video in drunken driving cases, saying too many are being dismissed because of imperfect recordings. But defense attorneys counter the solution is better officer training, not lowering of standards. Since 1998, state …

Arbitrator Says Disney Must Rehire Workers Fired for Refusing to Wear Dirty Costumes

Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the “Festival of the Lion King” show, an arbitrator ruled this week. The workers said their …

North Carolina’s Appalachian State Wins 2015 RIMS Risk Management Challenge

Appalachian State University’s risk management student team has been named the winner of the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge.  The announcement was made at the RIMS 2015 Conference & Exhibition Finale, by RIMS Executive Director Mary Roth. Established in 1979 to …

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