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Mississippi Fast Food Worker Accused of Serving Contaminated Food

Police in Columbus, Miss., have launched a criminal investigation into whether a fast-food worker intentionally served contaminated food. The Commercial Dispatch reports that a Tupelo resident who may have received contaminated food contacted Police Chief John Lewis. The state Health …

Construction Worker Dies After Falling from University of Kentucky Roof

Authorities say a construction worker died after falling from the roof of a building at the University of Kentucky. Media reports say 47-year-old Michael Persichitti died after falling about 30 feet Friday at the site of the new student center …

Marsh & McLennan Acquires Southeast Brokerage J. Smith Lanier & Co.

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), the middle market agency subsidiary of Marsh, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire West Point, Ga.-based J. Smith Lanier & Co., one of the nation’s largest, privately held insurance brokerage firms. Terms of …

University of Alabama Hospital Employee Admits to Stealing $1.1M Over 9 Years

A woman whose job it was to make change for cashiers at UAB Hospital dining areas has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after she was accused of stealing $1.1 million. Al.com reports that Kyejuana Avery was also ordered …

Dashcam Footage Shows Truck Driver on Phone Before Driving off Florida Overpass

The Florida Highway Patrol says a man received a ticket after a dashcam in his truck showed him using a cellphone just before the semitrailer he was driving plunged off an Interstate 75 overpass near Tampa. Authorities say 49-year-old Samuel …

Nashville Schools to Study Adding Seat Belts to School Buses

Nashville public school officials are going to study whether it’s practical to put seat belts on their school buses. The Tennessean reports that the Metro Nashville school board voted unanimously Tuesday night for Director of Schools Shawn Joseph to look …

Baxter to Pay $18M Over Mold at North Carolina Plant

Baxter International has agreed to pay $18 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability over claims its unit ignored mold in air filters at a plant where sterile intravenous solutions were made, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. …

Mississippi Gov Orders Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for State Workers

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he’s requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “This should be a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars and provide a standard of prevention …

Acentria Insurance Acquires Huff Insurance Agency of Southwest Florida

Acentria Insurance has finalized itd merger with Huff Insurance Agency of Southwest Florida, LLC. Established in 1979, Huff Insurance Agency specializes in personal and business insurance and will continue to operate under their existing corporation name with the same team …

PURE Launches E&S Product for High Net Worth Homeowners in Florida

Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange (PURE), the policyholder-owned property and casualty insurer designed for high net worth individuals and families, has launched PURE Programs, an excess & surplus lines (E&S) homeowners product for individuals with higher risk homes insured for $1 …

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