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EPIC adds Williford to National Energy Construction Practice in Alabama

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added risk management and insurance professional Jim Williford to the firm’s National Energy Construction Practice as a Business Development manager. Williford will be based in EPIC’s Birmingham, …

Zika Case Found in Florida County Hundreds of Miles From Miami

Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika acquired by local mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Florida Governor Rick Scott also said …

Officials: No Long-Term Impact on Florida Tourism Expected Despite Zika Spread

The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn’t ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be minor. Transmission of the virus via mosquito has been confirmed …

$6M Settlement Reached for West Virginia Coal Mine Cleanup

A $6 million settlement has been reached in federal court that will restore damage from West Virginia mountaintop removal mines. The Sierra Club, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy announced the settlement with the Virginia Conservation Legacy …

FEMA Claims Mississippi Misused $30M in Funds to Retrofit Homes After Katrina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t repay Mississippi for nearly $30 million spent to retrofit homes after Hurricane Katrina unless the state can prove the money was well spent. The state failed to provide documentation for the program, …

Tennessee Deputy Commissioner West Elected to National Association of State Fire Marshals

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) elected Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Deputy Commissioner Gary West as secretary-treasurer during its annual membership meeting in Albuquerque, July 19-21. West, who oversees TDCI’s Fire Prevention Division (which includes …

North Carolina Agent Accused of Submitting Fraudulent Auto Policies to Allstate

A North Carolina insurance agent has been arrested and accused of creating false auto policies, according to a statement from North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Eddie Ray Butler, 29, formerly of Greensboro was charged with 11 counts of Identity …

Tennessee’s Hudgens Tapped to Head Southern Workers’ Comp Group

The administrator of Tennessee’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has been named president of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators. Abbie Hudgens has been administrator of the state agency since 2011. She was appointed to continue by Gov. Bill Haslam …

Nearly $200k Granted to Flood-Damaged Businesses in West Virginia

The state has given a round of almost $200,000 in grants to 23 Greenbrier County small businesses damaged by floods. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the grants Thursday at Cook’s Country Kitchen in White Sulphur Springs and D&D Hardware in …

Former Students Sue Kentucky Catholic School Over Sexual, Racial Harassment

Three former students of a Catholic high school in Lexington, Ky., have sued the school, accusing administrators of failing to discipline those allegedly responsible for acts of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Washington-based attorney Amos Jones filed three lawsuits on …

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