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Jury Awards $23M to Unarmed Man Shot by Florida Cop

A federal jury awarded $23.1 million on Wednesday to a 22-year-old black man who was unarmed when he was shot and paralyzed by a sheriff’s deputy, but Florida lawmakers will have to approve any award above $200,000. The six-woman, two-man …

Florida Declares Emergency After at Least 9 Reported Cases of Zika Virus

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease …

Risk Strategies Company Adds Wiek to Private Client Team in Nashville

Risk Strategies Company, a privately held, rapidly growing national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has expanded its nationwide Private Risk Management (PRM) practice with the hiring of Carol Wiek as vice president, private client. Wiek is based out of …

Tornadoes Damage Mississippi, Alabama Communities

Tornadoes touched down in Mississippi and Alabama as thunderstorms swept through the area Tuesday, while a powerful snowstorm buried parts of Colorado and Nebraska in more than a foot of snow before crawling into the Upper Midwest. Greg Flynn, spokesman …

7 Arrested in Georgia Arson, Insurance Fraud Scheme

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced the arrests of six Colquitt County residents and a Clayton County woman involved in a staged insurance fraud ring. A joint investigation by Hudgens’ Insurance Fraud Division and Fire Investigation Unit revealed the suspects …

Freedom Industries Official Sentenced for West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six …

Florida Approves 66,500 Policies from Citizens for April Take-Outs

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the removal of up to 65,000 personal residential policies and 1,500 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The following two companies have been approved to participate:  Anchor Property & …

Candidates Wanted: Florida Insurance Commissioner Application Posted Online

The search is on for the next Florida insurance commissioner – the first one to be appointed to the office since current Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty took office in 2003. McCarty announced on Jan. 6 he would leave office in …

Georgia Alternative School Owner Charged With 12 Counts of Insurance Fraud

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and the Roswell Police Department announced the arrest of a Fulton County woman on multiple counts of insurance fraud and other charges. Rommys Alemania Beltran, 45, of Roswell, Georgia, was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged …

North Carolina Touts Continued Growth of Captive Insurance Program

North Carolina’s captive insurance program continues to exceed expectations as the program begins its third full year of operation, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. The North Carolina Department of Insurance became authorized to license captive insurance companies …

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