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South Carolina County Looks to Stem Rising Emergency Vehicle Insurance Costs

Officials in Horry County, South Carolina, are seeking ways to reduce the high costs of insurance and worker’s compensation related to crashes by emergency vehicles. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that there have been nearly 50 vehicle accidents …

Police Investigate Alabama Mosque Burglaries

Authorities are trying to determine whether a series of break-ins at mosques in Alabama might be linked to a similar case in Virginia based partly on similarities shown in surveillance photos, officials said Friday. Images taken earlier this month during …

Disney to Pay $3.8M in Back Wages to Florida Workers

The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to Florida workers for violating minimum wage and overtime rules as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal agency said Friday that …

Tennessee Sees Improvement in Number of Insurance Consumer Complaints in 2016

Insurance complaints ranked last of the top 10 complaint categories for 2016, according to the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs. The number of consumer complaints in 2016 related to insurance – 177 of a …

Mississippi Supreme Court Refuses to Dismiss State Farm Katrina Lawsuit

The Mississippi Supreme Court won’t dismiss a state lawsuit against an insurance company over Hurricane Katrina claims. The Sun Herald reports that Attorney General Jim Hood’s lawsuit against insurance giant State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. can go forward. The …

Residents of 10 Buildings in North Carolina Capital City Displaced by Massive Fire

Residents of downtown Raleigh, N.C., were allowed pick up belongings Saturday at dwellings near where a massive fire broke out. Raleigh Fire Chief John McGrath said crews were escorting residents back to where they lived, but that it could take …

Prescription Drug Crisis Fueling Robberies of Georgia Pharmacies

A wave of break-ins and robberies of Georgia pharmacies is being fueled by a drug epidemic, authorities said. In June, a thief with a sledgehammer broke into a Snellville pharmacy and stole thousands of dollars worth of pain pills and …

North Carolina Busts 70 Taxi, Limo Drivers in Insurance Rate Evasion Scheme

When dozens of taxi and limo drivers claimed the same home address, it led to a big insurance bust. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says 70 Charlotte-area taxi and limousine drivers falsely listed the same address in suburban Union …

Florida Property Insurers Largely Avoid Downgrades, For Now: Demotech

Ratings company Demotech is holding off on issuing large-scale ratings downgrades of Florida property insurers for now, after a number of insurers heeded its warning of last month about the effects of assignment of benefits abuse and state court rulings by …

Lighthouse Property President White Acquires Equity Stake in Prepared Holdings

Current Chairman and President of Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp., Patrick L. White, has acquired an 89 percent ownership stake in Prepared Holdings, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiaries including Prepared Insurance Company. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has issued a …

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