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Tropical Storm Erika Could Reach Florida by Monday

A “Hurricane Hunter” airplane has found that Tropical Storm Erika strengthened slightly as it approached the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, where warnings and watches have been posted, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika was about 335 miles …

Two-Year Florida Insurance Fraud Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF) has made multiple arrests related to a large-scale personal injury protection (PIP) fraud scheme spanning across Central Florida. Five individuals have been arrested for their alleged various roles in …

Florida’s West Coast Facing Sinkhole Risk After Month of Wet Weather

The onslaught of rain that drenched parts of Florida over the past month unleashed widespread flooding that left the ground soppy and saturated. Geologists say that under all the water weight, another problem could be brewing out of sight: sinkholes. …

South Carolina DUI Campaign Going Through Labor Day

With the summer travel season winding down and with traffic deaths up across the state, South Carolina law enforcement agencies are gearing up their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road. The Department of Public Safety says stepped-up enforcement …

Auto-Owners Insurance Acquires North-Carolina Based Atlantic Casualty

Strickland Insurance Group, Inc. has reached a definitive agreement for Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co., based in Goldsboro, N.C., to be acquired by Auto-Owners Insurance Group of Lansing, Mich. According to Bobby Strickland, chairman and CEO of Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co., …

11 Georgia Residents Charged With Staging Car Accidents

On August 24, investigators from Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ Fraud division, with assistance from Bibb County Sherriff David Davis and his deputies, arrested six Macon, Ga., residents on charges of insurance fraud. Five more Bibb County residents have outstanding …

Florida Foreclosure Filings Spiked in July

After almost a year of month-to-month declines, new foreclosure starts in Florida rose in July. The research firm Realty Trac reported last week that foreclosure starts increased 16 percent in July from the previous July. Florida had the nation’s highest …

PURE Insurance Expands Southeast Regional Hub in South Carolina

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property and casualty insurer of high net worth individuals and families, has expanded its southeast regional hub in Charleston, S.C. To accommodate PURE’s growth, the company has moved offices to the newly-renovated Cigar …

Increase in Sinkholes Leaves West Virginia City Struggling

Officials in Huntington, W. Va., are scrambling to deal with an increase in sinkholes across the city. Heavy rainfall and aging infrastructure have contributed to the increase, and the city lacks resources to do more than deal with sinkholes as …

GEICO Promotes Florida-Based Rogers to Senior Vice President

George Rogers has been promoted to senior vice president at GEICO. Rogers’ new responsibilities include oversight for GEICO’s southeast and Midwest operations in addition to his current duties as vice president of GEICO’s regional operations in Lakeland, Fla. Rogers joined …

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