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FEMA Reimburses West Virginia Entities for Chemical Spill Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia. The Charleston Daily Mail reports FEMA assistance has been awarded …

South Carolina’s Companion P&C to Be Acquired by Enstar Group

Enstar Group Limited in Bermuda said Tuesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina. The total consideration for the transaction will be $218 …

Kentucky Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Decrease Overall for 9th Straight Year

In Kentucky, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers in figuring rates to charge employers will show an overall decrease for the ninth straight year. Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today that the state’s Department of Insurance has …

Keystone Insurers Group Adds Georgia’s Moore Insurance Agency

Keystone Insurers Group has added Perry, Georgia-based Moore Insurance Agency as its 18th franchise partner in the state. The announcement was made by Moore Insurance Agency President Mike Moore and Keystone’s Georgia Vice President Kaye Garruto. Established by Herbert Moore …

6 Southeast States Participating in DUI Campaign

Law enforcement officials in six Southeast states launched their 23rd annual “Hands Across the Border” campaign aimed at catching motorists driving under the influence. Sunday, August 24, was the official start of the six-day campaign, which includes law enforcement agencies …

NCCI Proposes Average Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease of 2.5% in Florida

Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation announced it received the 2015 Florida workers’ compensation rate filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), which proposes a statewide average rate decrease of 2.5 percent — the first decrease in four years. …

Tenn. State Senator, Insurance Agent Tracy Concedes in Congressional Primary

Tennessee’s Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results. Jim Tracy said in a news release that he had decided …

Florida Reports Record Number of Prescribed Burns

Florida state officials say they’ve overseen a record number of prescribed burns over the past year. The Florida Forest Service reported prescribed fires covering more than 2.5 million acres. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says that’s one …

Audit Says Georgia’s Cobb County Owes FEMA $558,000

A federal audit says Cobb County in Georgia must repay about $558,000 it received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after a severe storm in 2009. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit found the county received dual payments from insurance …

Florida’s Flood Agency Stops Writing New Business in Tampa Bay Region

One of the first entities to step forward and provide private flood insurance in Florida has announced it will stop writing new business in the Tampa Bay region in order to manage its exposure. The Flood Agency, which offers private …

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