Insurance Journal » Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:21:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/25/362086.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:48:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362086 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 …

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Arkansas Bill Would Prevent Claim Denial for Damage by Stolen Vehicle http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/25/362076.htm Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362076 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.” …

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Judge Dismisses Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/19/361219.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:54:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361219 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 …

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Transportation Network Company Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/12/360388.htm Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:27:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360388 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, …

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Arkansas Senate Votes to Delay State Insurance Exchange Plans http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/06/359723.htm Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:43:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359723 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 …

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Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/03/359151.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359151 Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

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Car Cellphone Regulations Rejected by Arkansas House Committee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/26/358723.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:53:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358723 A dashboard video showing a state trooper narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a driver who was using a cellphone wasn’t enough to sway an Arkansas House committee that tougher laws are needed. The Public Transportation Committee voted 11-7 against …

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Voter ID, Tort Reform Among Amendments Filed in Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/17/357636.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357636 Reinstating Arkansas’ voter ID law, imposing new restrictions on lawsuit damages and eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office are among the dozens of ideas lawmakers would like to put on the ballot in 2016. With about 40 proposed constitutional amendments filed …

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Arkansas Bill Would Jeopardize Local Gay Anti-Discrimination Laws http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/13/357465.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:49:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357465 An Arkansas municipality’s effort to protect its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination would be nullified under a bill presented by the town’s state representative. The House Local Affairs Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the measure, which …

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Arkansas Senate Votes to Continue ‘Private Option’ for Healthcare Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/30/355988.htm Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:31:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355988 The Arkansas Senate voted to continue the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. By a 29-2 vote, the …

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Study Finds Workplace Trust a Predictor of Comp Outcomes in Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/25/354966.htm Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:06:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354966 A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Arkansas improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury ― leading …

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Exxon Mobil Seeks to Bar Release of Files in Arkansas Pipeline Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/02/351568.htm Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:23:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351568 Exxon Mobil said it shouldn’t have to release any further information on a proposed but abandoned pipeline intended to run alongside the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2013 in central Arkansas. The company is facing a class-action lawsuit by landowners …

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AssureStart Adds 5 States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/16/349384.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:17:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349384 Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

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Weather Service to Deem Tornado-Torn Arkansas County ‘Storm Ready’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/12/349968.htm Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:33:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349968 The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County in Arkansas as a “StormReady” community next week. Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April’s tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities …

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Arkansas Judge: No Class-Action in Whirlpool Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/09/349218.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 06:44:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349218 A federal judge in Arkansas says he won’t certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it. The …

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Former Agency Owner Standridge Sentenced in Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349214.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:41:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349214 A Mount Ida, Ark., man has been sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Steven Alan Standridge was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs. Standridge was the founder of the …

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Arkansas Community Still on Mend After Fatal Twister http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/03/348841.htm Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:35:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348841 Seven months after a deadly tornado struck Vilonia residents and business owners are still working to rebuild the central Arkansas community. Marty Knight heads the Rebuild Vilonia committee and says recovery has been strong since the April twister struck central …

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Illinois Man Promises Neighbors Spot in Underground Tornado Shelter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/01/348464.htm Mon, 01 Dec 2014 06:31:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348464 The 1,200-pound steel cylinder in James Trudeau’s driveway certainly struck his Bourbonnais, Ill., neighborhood as odd, at least at first. Even Kankakee County’s planning department wasn’t sure what to make of it when Trudeau sought a building permit to bury …

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Little Rock Police: Cars Stolen While Warming Up http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/348437.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:37:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348437 Little Rock, Ark. police say a number of people have reported cars being stolen after they were started and left to warm up in cold weather. Police Lt. Scott Timmons told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that some cars were stashed at …

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Two Arkansas Firms Cited by OSHA; Fines Total More than $123K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/06/346148.htm Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:33:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346148 Two Arkansas-based companies have been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety violations. Combined penalties proposed by OSHA for the two firms total $123,100. Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd. …

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Arkansas Hospital Survey: More Patients Have Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/04/345894.htm Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:41:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345894 A survey of Arkansas hospitals found the number of patients without insurance was down during the first half of 2014 and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program under the “private option” is said to be the reason. The Arkansas …

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Cocaine Residue Found on Arkansas Man’s Insurance Card http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/24/344713.htm Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344713 Jonesboro, Ark., police have arrested a man who they say handed an officer an insurance card covered in cocaine residue during a traffic stop. The Jonesboro Sun reports 31-year-old Shannon Ray of Jonesboro was charged with several drug charges. Officer Blake …

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Storms Hammer Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/14/343462.htm Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:51:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343462 A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma late on Sunday and early Monday, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and …

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Neighbor’s Toxic Spill in Leads to Home Evacuations in North Little Rock http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/26/341744.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:35:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341744 Some families in North Little Rock, Ark., have been forced to evacuate their homes after a hazardous chemical spill in a neighbor’s backyard. Fire Chief Jim Murphy tells KATV-TV the homes were evacuated after a homeowner’s son accidentally knocked over …

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$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/23/341417.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341417 Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

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Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/18/341027.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341027 A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

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Launch of State-Run Health Insurance Exchange Delayed in Arkansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/12/340345.htm Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:25:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340345 A nonprofit created by the Arkansas legislature has decided to delay establishing a state-run health insurance exchange until 2016 to avoid a rush to build the technology system for it. The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board had hoped to establish …

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Ex-Workers Sue Closed Arkansas Hospital over Unpaid Insurance Premiums http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340292.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:11:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340292 Former workers at a closed Arkansas hospital have filed a lawsuit, claiming administrators withheld part of their pay for insurance but didn’t pay the premiums. The lawsuit was filed by Denny Sumpter, a West Memphis attorney and former state representative …

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/08/339679.htm Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:25:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339679 Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

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Stolen Statues Now Returned to Little Rock Park http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/03/339397.htm Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:31:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=339397 Little Rock, Ark., authorities say three stolen sculptures worth nearly $30,000 have been returned. The city’s Parks and Recreation director says a couple found the artwork in the morning on Aug. 31 at the Riverfront Park sculpture garden where they were …

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