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45 Years Later, Hurricane Camille Downgraded

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969. The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at …

North Carolina’s Teen Driving Log Results in Fewer Fatalities, More Violations

The numbers of teen driving deaths and injuries have fallen in North Carolina but moving violations are up since the state’s General Assembly imposed new requirements on young drivers and their parents before teens can drive fully on their own, …

Former Georgia Agency Owner Charged With Insurance Fraud

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced this week that a former insurance agent from Franklin County has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud. Officials said James Travis Williams was arrested and charged with 15 counts of insurance fraud and …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of $93M Monsanto Settlement in West Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of Monsanto Co.’s massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents. In an order Monday, justices said they would not review the $93 million settlement reached in the lawsuit. The Charleston …

Alabama Riverboat Owners, Sorority Sued Over Student Drowning

Relatives of a University of Alabama student who drowned after falling from the Bama Belle riverboat during a 2012 sorority party have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Tre’ Jones family is seeking at least $10 …

Security First to Offer Ironshore’s Primary Flood for High-Value Properties in Florida

Security First Managers, LLC, a Florida-based managing general agent for high value homeowners programs, is expanding the flood coverage it offers utilizing Ironshore insurance capacity. Security First Managers can now offer primary flood insurance of $500,000 to its customers, in …

Tennessee Colleges Report Drop in Crime

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report says overall crime on college campuses has dropped by more than 11 percent. The Chattanooga Times Free Press cited the data in reporting that the number of assaults and thefts were down while the …

Carriers Being Selective with Florida’s Citizens Clearinghouse Agency Appointments

Florida’s state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. says the initial opening of its new web-based clearinghouse designed to make it easier for private insurers to write its policies has been promising, although the number of policies removed by insurers has been …

Prisoner Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Mississippi High Court Rules

A former utility worker who lost his hands when he was shocked by power lines can receive workers’ compensation, even though officials argued he tried to hurt himself to avoid a homicide investigation, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled. Lonnie …

Georgia Firefighters Say Their Cars Are Robbed During Calls

Firefighters near Atlanta believe their personal cars are being targeted by thieves while they’re away fighting fires and responding to emergencies. Wayne Hines of the Fulton County Professional Firefighters’ Union said the cars, parked at fire stations just southwest of …

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