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State of Emergency from June Floods Extended in 5 West Virginia Counties

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is extending a state of emergency for five West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June. Tomblin announced the extension until Oct. 21 for Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties to ensure that state resources …

Florida Residents Want Water Tested After Leak of 200M Gallons of Fertilizer

Dozens of residents who live near a Florida fertilizer plant that has leaked more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water into a drinking water aquifer have asked for their water wells to be tested for pollutants. The Mosaic Co., …

Appalachian Underwriters Adds Reilly as Property Broker in Florida Office

Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. has added a new property broker, Aaron Reilly, to the Sarasota, Fla., office. Reilly will be developing new business opportunities throughout the country in various property and casualty placements, including catastrophic wind, within the following classes: habitational, …

Atlanta OKs Ridesharing Services at Airport

The Atlanta City Council has approved a plan to allow Uber and other ridesharing services at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. WXIA-TV reports the city council approved the plan 14-1 at its Monday meeting. It will take effect January 1, 2017. …

West Virginia Lawmakers Approve $85M in Flood Relief

West Virginia lawmakers have finished a brief session addressing recovery costs from deadly floods in June. The Senate adjourned Tuesday after confirming gubernatorial appointments. The House of Delegates adjourned Monday. Senators unanimously approved a bill Monday allocating $85 million for …

Orchid Underwriters Expands Commercial Lines Programs into North, South Carolina

Orchid Underwriters, a specialty underwriter of excess & surplus insurance focusing on coastal properties, is expanding its commercial lines products into North Carolina and South Carolina. This is in addition to the current states of Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, and …

Fix to Pipeline Leak Responsible for Southeast Gas Shortage Expected Today

A main gas line is expected to restart Wednesday with a temporary bypass after a leak and spill in Alabama led to surging fuel prices and some gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday. The roughly 500-foot …

USI Insurance Services to Acquire Johnson & Bryan in Atlanta

USI Insurance Services has entered into an agreement in principle to acquire Johnson & Bryan, a retail property-casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm based in Atlanta. The acquisition will expand USI’s footprint into a new city and market where …

One Area of Miami Declared Zika-Free While Zika Zone in Miami Beach Expanded

Authorities declared a victory Monday in stemming further infections of Zika in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, but continued to caution pregnant women about traveling to the city and surrounding areas out of concerns for catching the virus. The U.S. Centers …

Florida Awaiting Final Workers’ Comp Rate Decision

The rate impact of recent Florida Supreme Court rulings on the state’s workers’ compensation system is currently in the hands of regulators, as the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) decides on the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s (NCCI) filing seeking …

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