Arkansas News

CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP

Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …

Arkansas Plaintiffs Want Order Dismissing Exxon Oil-Spill Lawsuit Vacated

Plaintiffs are urging a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., to vacate his order dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil, claiming the oil giant suppressed evidence in the case. The lawsuit, filed over a 2013 oil spill in a …

Arkansas Workers’ Comp Rates to Drop

The Arkansas Insurance Department announced a decrease in workers’ compensation rates effective July 1, 2015. The overall loss cost decrease in the voluntary market is 2.1 percent, while the overall decrease in rates for the assigned risk is 3 percent. …

Crop Insurance Uncertainty Hindering Arkansas Farmers

Lower commodity prices and uncertainties about new federal crop insurance programs are making it tougher for Arkansas row crop farmers to secure operating loans. Tight cash flow has already struck some growers as the percentage of loans going into state …

Ex-AG Says Arkansas Religious Protection Bill Would Allow Discrimination

Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. They oppose the bill prohibiting state and local …

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms

While there has been a curious lack of tornadoes throughout the country’s midsection, that may soon change, according to federal weather forecasters. A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility …

Arkansas Bill Would Prevent Claim Denial for Damage by Stolen Vehicle

A bill to be considered by the Arkansas Senate today would prevent auto insurers from denying a claim for damage caused by a stolen vehicle even if “a valid police report of the theft of vehicle has not been filed.” …

Judge Dismisses Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit

A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on …

Transportation Network Company Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate

A bill addressing the insurance requirements of transportation network companies (TNCs), or rideshare organizations, and their drivers has passed the Oklahoma Senate by an overwhelming majority vote of 40-3. SB 436, the Transportation Network Act of 2015, sets coverage requirements, …

Arkansas Senate Votes to Delay State Insurance Exchange Plans

Arkansas lawmakers voted to put the state’s plans to set up its own insurance exchange under the federal health law on hold while the nation’s highest court weighs a legal challenge over tax subsidies granted through the overhaul. The bill …