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All Risks Ltd. Adds Martino, Flake in Texas

Frank Martino and Rhonda Flake have joined based in Hunt Valley, Md.-based insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. in the firm’s South Central operations. Martino is a broker in Austin, Texas. He specializes in oil and gas as well as other …

Consultant: Austin Needs a Safety Plan for Events

A consulting firm has advised Austin, Texas, to create a safety plan limiting how many other events occur the week of the South by Southwest festival. The festival hired event consulting firm Populous after four people died and others were …

Austin to Buy Out 300 More Storm-Flooded Homes

Leaders of a Central Texas city have approved a $3.5 billion annual budget that includes buying out about 300 more homes in flood-prone areas. The Austin City Council on Tuesday approved next year’s budget and spending $78 million for residences …

Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the city council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

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 …