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James Appointed Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has appointed Sha’Ron James as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate effective August 3. The role of Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate is to independently and ardently represent the needs of policyholders when insurance decisions are made. …

Fire Damage at West Virginia’s Historic Harper’s Ferry Estimated at $2M

A state fire official says a fire in’s Harpers Ferry, W. Va.’s commercial area caused about $2 million in damage. Assistant state fire marshal George Harms tells The Herald-Mail that the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. The fire …

Insurers Warned to ‘Think Before You Snap’ as Florida Drone Privacy Law Takes Flight

The new Florida drone privacy law could have some unintended consequences for insurers looking to use or insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAM) technology. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FUSA), which took effect in Florida July 1, prohibits a person, …

Alabama Police Department Granted Access to 2,000 Surveillance Cameras

Mobile, Ala., officials have unveiled a new public safety initiative that will allow police access to more than 2,000 surveillance cameras. AL.com reports that as of July 23, the Mobile Police Department had access to over 2,000 live security camera …

12 Injured in Kentucky Amusement Park Ride Accident

Authorities say at least 12 people were injured when a swing ride at an amusement park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, tipped over. The Daily News reports emergency officials were dispatched to Beech Bend Amusement Park around 6 p.m. on July …

Fewer Deer Equals Fewer Collisions Caused by Deer in South Carolina

Records show that collisions between vehicles and deer in South Carolina are declining. The State in Columbia reports that a review by South Carolina public safety officials shows that vehicles and deer collided more than 2,200 times in 2014. That …

West Virginia’s Historic Harpers Ferry Devastated by Fire

The commercial area in historic Harpers Ferry, W. Va., was devastated July 23 when a fire destroyed a building that housed at least a half dozen businesses, Mayor Gregory Vaughn said. He said a long building that extended from one …

Ex-Massey CEO’s Lawyers: Keep West Virginia Mine Blast Out of Criminal Trial

Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship want evidence about the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia kept out of his criminal trial this fall. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the attorneys filed a motion …

South Carolina Requests Federal Evaluation on Day Care E.Coli Outbreak Response

South Carolina’s public health department has asked federal officials to evaluate both the agency’s response to an E. coli outbreak that killed one child at a Greenwood day care facility and its infectious disease programs overall. Department of Health and …

Miami Agent Arrested for Stealing More than $80K from Clients

The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud has announced the arrest of Mandy Rodriguez, 35, on felony fraud and grand theft charges after an investigation revealed that Rodriguez, a licensed insurance agent, allegedly stole more than $80,000 …

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