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Florida Insurers Place All Options on Table to Address AOB Abuse

Florida’s home insurers hope the public doesn’t blame them as they implement rate increases, initiate coverage changes and nonrenew policies. They say they have no choice after the Florida Legislature for the fifth year in a row failed to address …

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Hudgens to Step Down at End of Term In 2018

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens will not seek re-election for a third term as Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, according to a statement from the Georgia Department of Insurance. In a letter to Georgians, Hudgens announced his decision, saying …

5 Southeast States Hold Coordinated Safe Driving Campaign

Police in five Southeastern states are launching a weeklong program to reduce summertime wrecks and traffic deaths. “Operation Southern Shield” started Monday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The campaign aims to reduce the number of drivers who …

South Carolina, Mississippi Most Dangerous Southeast States for Motorcyclists

South Carolina is one of the Southeast’s most dangerous states for motorcyclists, but bikers put the blame on a range of problems from bad roads, inattentive motorists and inexperienced riders. The Post and Courier reports the state’s 2015 fatality rate …

Taxi Drivers in North Carolina’s Capital City Face Rough Year Thanks to Ridesharing

Johnson Umeh has plenty of experience as a taxi driver, and he says the job has never been as tough as it is now. Like many drivers, his business is being sapped by Uber and Lyft – the popular ride-hailing …

Stuntman For TV’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Dies On Set in Georgia

A stuntman for “The Walking Dead” has died from injuries suffered in a fall on the Georgia set of the hit television show, the first on-set death in the U.S. in three years. Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk confirmed Friday …

North Carolina Man Nabbed in 2,000-Pound Pet Food Theft

Police in North Carolina say they have identified a suspect that may have stolen 2,000 pounds of pet food from an animal rescue organization. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that on June 26 someone broke into a storage shed belonging to …

Sinkhole Swallows 2 Houses in Florida

A sinkhole that swallowed a boat and destroyed two homes had stopped growing as officials said Saturday they would monitor it over the weekend before determining when cleanup can begin. The hole stayed stagnant since Friday afternoon, said Kevin Guthrie, …

Tennessee Restricts Monsanto Pesticide Use as Crop Damage Spreads

Tennessee on Thursday imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, a flagship pesticide for Monsanto Co., becoming the fourth state to take action as problems spread over damage the weed killer causes to crops not genetically modified to withstand it. …

Florida County Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Through 2017

Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will be banned from Collier County, Florida, until at least the end of the year. Commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to keep the dispensaries from opening in Collier until Dec. 31 to give the county a chance …

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