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Thief Targeting High End Bicycles in Austin

Austin, Texas, police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 “high end” bicycles were stolen from garages. Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner’s surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple …

Austin Police Officers Sue for Discrimination After Reassignments

Some Austin, Texas, police officers are suing the city for what they say was race and age discrimination in job assignments. The Austin American-Statesman reports 18 officers filed the lawsuit Wednesday. The officers say they were forced out of the …

Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency Merges with BKCW Insurance

Independent insurance agency BKCW L.P. of Killeen, Texas, and Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency of Austin merged operations effective July 1, 2014. Greater Texas Insurance Managers and Agency will continue to do business at its current location on Anderson …

Austin Cracking Down on Drunk-Driving Police Officers, Staff

Officers and support staff who drive drunk face dismissal in a stricter DWI policy applying to those who enforce the law, Austin, Texas, police Chief Art Acevedo said. Acevedo announced the updated policy to the department’s 2,300 sworn law enforcement …

Flooded Austin, Texas Homes to Be Demolished

Demolition has begun on some Central Texas homes left unlivable after flooding during deadly fall storms. The Austin American-Statesman reported that crews are concentrating on Onion Creek neighborhoods. Late October and early November flooding caused more than an estimated $100 …

Freescale Employees Missing on Malaysia Jet Poses Travel Policy Questions

The loss of 20 key Freescale Semiconductor employees in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner on Saturday raises questions about whether the company should have allowed so many of them to board the same plane, but security experts said that …

Austin Insurance Professionals Hike Fundraising Goal; State Auto Offers Challenge

With an original goal of raising $300,000 for the United Way of Greater Austin, the response from area insurance professionals was so successful during the first six months of the campaign that the Insurance Industry Challenge upped its goal to …

All Risks South Central Opens Office in Austin, Texas

Independent insurance wholesaler, All Risks Ltd., has expanded in its’ South Central Region by opening an office in Austin, Texas. The expansion follows All Risks’ addition of a team of experienced brokers in Dallas in summer 2013. The All Risks …

Raue Added as State Auto Regional Claims Manager in Texas

Michelle Raue has joined State Auto’s Western Region in Austin, Texas, as claims regional manager. Raue assumes responsibility and oversight for the local execution of the group’s claims strategy, claims quality and customer service. She brings 17 years of claims …

Texas-Based Service Lloyds Insurance Announces Management Changes

Service Lloyds Insurance Co., based in Austin, Texas, announced that G. Steven Collier has been named the company’s director of underwriting and Jan Kearbey has been named director of marketing. Collier is a senior-level executive with more than 32 years …