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West Virginia Drawing Up List of Dangerous Animals

A board tasked with compiling a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets in West Virginia will consider one that’s shorter than a list suggested earlier. Media outlets report the state Wild and Dangerous Animal Board will …

Weekend Storm Destroys Homes in Tennessee; No Injuries Reported

Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said. Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the office of …

Alabama Whistleblower Wins Supreme Court Appeal But Not Job or Back Pay

Edward Lane’s Supreme Court victory in a landmark whistleblower case doesn’t change the fact he lost his state job and more than half his income while helping convict a state legislator of getting paid for not working. Lane said other …

Judge Upholds Florida Law Curbing Doctors’ Gun Speech with Patients

A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn’t violate the doctors’ First Amendment free speech rights. The …

Zimmerman to Appeal Florida Judge Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against NBC

George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters. The appeal notice was filed with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts. Judge Debra Nelson on June 30 dismissed Zimmerman’s …

Federated National Launching Another Florida Home Insurer, Monarch National

Florida homeowners’ insurer Federated National Holding Co. and the Canadian bank and investment manager C.A. Bancorp Inc. have agreed to form a new Florida-based homeowners insurance carrier to be named Monarch National Insurance Co. Both FNHC and C.A. Bancorp are …

North Carolina House, Senate At Odds Over Insurance Mandate in Moped Bill

The North Carolina House last week rejected a bill requiring insurance for moped drivers. The House voted 51-54 against concurring on a Senate version of a bill that would have required insurance and registration with the state. The insurance requirement …

Insurers File for 9.1% West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Loss Cost Decrease

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a proposed reduction in workers’ compensation loss cost rates in West Virginia – the tenth reduction in 10 years. NCCI, West Virginia’s rating agent, has proposed an overall 9.1 percent loss …

Miami Seaquarium Fined Over Safety Conditions for Killer Whale Trainers

The Miami Seaquarium has been issued a $7,000 fine for allowing trainers to work with a killer whale without sufficient protections. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation earlier this month. The citation is considered “serious” by the …

Florida Drunk Driver Run Over By Own Vehicle

Police said an intoxicated man was run over by his own pickup truck after he got into a road rage incident during a rainstorm. The incident happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida. The Gainesville Sun reported 48-year-old Joseph Carl drove …

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