Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:39:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Sexual Harassment Claims Against Oklahoma Group Settled http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/11/337270.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:29:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337270 The Grand River Dam Authority in Oklahoma has reached settlements with two ex-employees over claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The settlements follow a 10-month investigation into claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination against the organization’s CEO and …

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OSHA: Safety Violations Continue at Oklahoma Oil Refinery http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/06/336955.htm Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:37:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336955 U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an Oklahoma oil refinery with five repeat and three serious violations for continuing to expose workers to unsafe conditions. As a result, OSHA imposed a fine of $184,800 on …

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Copper Wire Thieves Hit Oklahoma City, Knock Out Street Lights http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/31/336340.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:51:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336340 Oklahoma City police say they’re investigating the largest copper wire heist that’s ever happened in the city. Drivers were left in the dark after thieves cut down copper wires from traffic signals and light poles this past weekend. Police Cpt. …

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Dhandho Acquiring Louisiana’s Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/31/336332.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:44:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336332 Stonetrust Commercial Mutual Insurance Holding Co. announced it has agreed to be acquired by Dhandho Holdings LP and Dhandho Holdings Qualified Purchaser LP, based in Irvine, Calif. Stonetrust is a Louisiana-based mutual insurance holding company and the parent company of …

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Northern Oklahoma Hit with 4.3 Magnitude Quake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/30/336181.htm Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:27:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336181 The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night. The USGS reports the quake with an epicenter about 15 miles west-southwest of Medford hit around 9:45 p.m. at a depth …

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Texas Man to Pay $42.1K Restitution for Home Repair Fraud in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/22/335384.htm Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:43:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335384 After a four-year pursuit, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office says it has secured $42,158 in restitution from a Texas man for Oklahoma victims of home repair fraud. The office said that Randy Leroy Madewell of Danbury, Texas, was charged in …

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Minor Damage Reported after 2 Oklahoma Earthquakes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/16/334838.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:23:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334838 Minor damage has been reported after back-to-back earthquakes hit an Oklahoma City suburb early on July 15. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit 3 miles north-northeast of Harrah shortly after 2 a.m. About two hours later, …

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CPro Associates Spin-Off Concentrating on Commercial Insurance Business http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/16/334793.htm Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:08:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334793 Dallas-based CPro Associates has spun off its binding authority and programs unit as a new company, B&H Risk Services Inc., headed by William E. Buckley. Buckley joined CPro in late 2013 to form and develop the new business unit. B&H focuses …

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7 More Small Earthquakes Shake Central Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/15/334637.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:30:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334637 The U.S. Geological Survey on July 13 recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours. The temblors are part of an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that some scientists say could …

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Texas-Based Insurance Agency Aggregator, CAA, Grew by 21% in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/14/334508.htm Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:54:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334508 Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced that through organic and membership growth the insurance agency aggregator grew by 21 percent in 2013. CAA wrote more than $707.8 million in property/casualty premium in 2013, compared to $566.7 million …

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Study Shows How Wastewater Injections Are Causing Oklahoma Quakes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/07/08/334045.htm Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:42:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334045 A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to …

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Surge in Oklahoma Quakes Has Residents Seeking Answers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/27/333161.htm Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:23:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333161 Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want to know what’s causing the temblors — and what can be done to stop them. Hundreds of people were expected to turn out in Edmond, …

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Quakes Spur Oklahoma Road and Bridge Inspections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/24/332800.htm Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:17:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332800 The recent spate of strong earthquakes in central Oklahoma hasn’t caused any significant damage to bridges and roads, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The agency said ODOT crews inspect bridges in a five- to 10-mile radius from the …

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Oklahoma Insurance, Commerce Commissioners to Be Decided in Primary http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/23/332675.htm Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:20:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332675 Voters in the Republican primary in Oklahoma will decide who will be the state’s next regulators of both the insurance industry and a wide range of other businesses overseen by the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission, including the important oil and …

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Swartz Tapped to Head Marsh Office in Tulsa, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/19/332465.htm Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:32:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332465 Global insurance broker and risk management specialist, Marsh, appointed Tom Swartz as head of its Tulsa, Okla., office. Swartz is responsible for delivering Marsh’s advisory and transactional services to clients throughout Oklahoma. He succeeds John Newell, who will remain with …

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Messer-Bowers’ Donaldson Named Client Service Professional of the Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/10/331526.htm Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:52:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331526 Kristina Donaldson, account manager at Messer-Bowers Company, an independent insurance agency in Enid, Okla., was recently named International Client Service Professional of the Year at the annual convention of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP). The award recognizes an …

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Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/03/330886.htm Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:24:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330886 A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

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Backers of Oklahoma School Storm Shelters not Giving Up http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/06/02/330775.htm Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:29:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330775 It’s been a little more than a year since seven children were killed when a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, but their families are still no closer to the goal of placing storm shelters in every …

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Farmers Insurance, Nonprofit, Team Up on Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/30/330517.htm Fri, 30 May 2014 16:23:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330517 As storm season ramps up in Oklahoma, a nonprofit group formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is teaming with a national insurance company to help better prepare communities for the recovery after a natural disaster. The St. Bernard Project …

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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin-Backed School Storm Shelter Plan Dies in Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/27/330069.htm Tue, 27 May 2014 15:42:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330069 The Oklahoma Senate has killed a proposal backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would have called for a statewide vote allowing some school districts to increase property taxes to pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms. The …

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Oklahoma Lawsuit Filed in Arkansas Chemical Plant Blast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/16/329471.htm Fri, 16 May 2014 16:47:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329471 The operator of a south Arkansas chemical plant that exploded in 2012 has filed a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma against a French company that supplied industrial gas for the facility, arguing that the supplier is responsible for more than $100 …

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Role Of Faith After Oklahoma Tornado Depicted in Film http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/15/329377.htm Thu, 15 May 2014 16:41:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329377 The massive tornado that hit Moore nearly a year ago killed 24 people and affected the lives of virtually everyone in the Oklahoma City suburb, and a new film captures the role that faith played in the lives of some …

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McAlester, Oklahoma Awarded $3.35M in Suit Against Former Manager http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/12/328886.htm Tue, 13 May 2014 02:52:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328886 A Pittsburg County jury has awarded the city of McAlester more than $3 million in a judgment against a former city manager. The McAlester News-Capital reports that a 12-person jury awarded the city $3.35 million in damages. Federal investigators had …

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Oklahoma Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty in $300K Fraud Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/12/328848.htm Mon, 12 May 2014 16:39:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328848 A Tulsa insurance agent has pleaded guilty to exploitation of the elderly for defrauding a Muskogee couple out of nearly $300,000, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Presley Keith Dennis was arrested in January after an investigation by the department’s anti-fraud …

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Insured Disaster Losses Higher in Oklahoma Than in Any Other State in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/12/328824.htm Mon, 12 May 2014 16:06:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328824 May 20, 2014, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado outbreak in Moore, Oklahoma, which contributed to the state’s designation as the site of the costliest U.S. natural disasters in 2013, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Oklahoma …

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Increase in Oklahoma Tremors a Cause for Concern, Authorities Say http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/07/328539.htm Wed, 07 May 2014 16:17:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328539 The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in the central part of the state, federal and state agencies said. The U.S. Geological Survey and …

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Deadly Wildfire Spreads in Oklahoma, 1,000 Evacuate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/06/328384.htm Tue, 06 May 2014 16:33:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328384 Firefighters facing another hot and windy forecast worked on May 5 to battle a large wildfire in central Oklahoma that destroyed at least six homes and left one person dead after a controlled burn spread out of control. The wildfire …

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Study Links 2011 Oklahoma Quake to Wastewater Injection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/05/05/328274.htm Mon, 05 May 2014 16:19:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328274 New research suggests the sharpest earthquake to strike Oklahoma may have been triggered in part by wastewater injection – which, if true, would make the 2011 temblor the strongest ever linked to disposal practices within the oil and gas industry. …

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National Weather Service Says Oklahoma/Kansas Tornado Was EF2 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/30/327898.htm Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:49:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327898 The National Weather Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma says the EF2 tornado that killed one person in Quapaw earlier this week started at 5:29 p.m. Sunday, April 27 about 3 miles southwest of Quapaw. The tornado packing maximum wind speeds of …

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Arkansas, Oklahoma Hit Hard by Weekend Tornadoes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/28/327505.htm Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:37:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327505 Arkansas, Oklahoma and parts of the Midwest were pounded over the weekend by deadly tornado-producing storms that touched down in seven states. As many as 30 tornadoes have been reported, half of which touched down in Arkansas. The Arkansas Department …

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