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Month-Long Austin Rideshare Challenge Shows Drivers Lack Insurance Savvy

Josh Waldrum knows from first-hand experience that most of the folks who drive for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are not well informed about the insurance issues that insurance professionals see as problematic such as coverage gaps, and the amounts and …

Last Year’s Fatalities Prompt New Safety Features at Austin’s SXSW

Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and TV on the Radio are on the schedule, but what’s really getting attention at this year’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, is safety. After a driver plowed through a barricade and into …

Austin, San Antonio Prepare to Enact Behind-the-Wheel Phone Bans

Two of the biggest cities in Texas are reminding drivers of bans on handheld devices behind the wheel that take effect in Austin and San Antonio come January. Police in both cities won’t start issuing fines until February. Talking on …

First Lawsuits Filed Over Fatal South by Southwest Crash in Austin

The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, accused organizers of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd of concertgoers. The suits …

Technology Dominates Texas-Based Group’s Fraud Predictions for 2015

Technology will give fraudsters an edge in 2015, but it will also provide new tools for organizations and investigators, according to three experts from the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) who were asked for their top fraud …

Settlement Approved in Austin Firefighter Hiring Discrimination Case

A federal judge has approved a settlement between the city of Austin and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations the Austin Fire Department’s hiring practices were discriminatory. The order signed by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel allows the …

Austin Still Recovering From 2013 Halloween Floods

A year after a flood killed three people and damaged hundreds of central Texas homes, Austin officials are still working to buy and tear down houses considered at risk for flooding. The 2013 Halloween floods, which reached up to 7 feet …

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 …