Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 22 May 2015 23:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 M3.3 Quake Shakes Part of Northern Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/19/368681.htm Tue, 19 May 2015 15:50:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368681 Parts of northern Oklahoma have been shaken by an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.3 temblor was recorded at 10:20 a.m. Sunday less than 11 miles southeast of Tonkawa in Kay County near the Kansas border. Geologists …

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New Law in Oklahoma Sets Requirements for Public Adjusters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/13/368066.htm Wed, 13 May 2015 15:40:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=368066 Oklahoma’s governor has signed legislation proposed by the state insurance department that specifies certain required and prohibited actions of public adjusters. According to Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, Senate Bill 439, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin aims to protect Oklahoma storm …

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Coalition Wants Well Moratorium in Oklahoma Earthquake Areas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/12/367790.htm Tue, 12 May 2015 16:49:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367790 A coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations is calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes. Members of the coalition traveled to the …

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Oklahoma Texting While Driving Ban Signed by Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/07/367224.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 16:48:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367224 Gov. Mary Fallin added her signature to legislation that makes it illegal to text message while driving in Oklahoma and then issued a challenge to the state’s motorists. “Don’t text and drive in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “We …

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma Following Severe Storms, Tornados http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/07/367212.htm Thu, 07 May 2015 16:31:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367212 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe storms that swept across the state on May 6 bringing tornados, high winds, hail and flooding. At least 39 tornados were reported to have touched ground yesterday. …

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Firefighters Suspect Arson in Fire at Tulsa, Oklahoma Business http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/06/367116.htm Wed, 06 May 2015 16:49:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=367116 Tulsa firefighters say a blaze that consumed a midtown vacuum store was intentionally set. Firefighters were called out around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning to the Teter Sweepers business after witnesses reported seeing smoke as far as one mile away. Responders …

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Oklahoma-Based The Holmes Organisation Acquired by Hub http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/05/04/366759.htm Mon, 04 May 2015 16:31:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366759 Hub International Limited (Hub) subsidiary Hub International Midwest Limited (Hub Midwest) has acquired the assets of The Holmes Organisation (Holmes), a Tulsa, Okla.-based multi-line property and casualty, employee benefits and personal lines brokerage. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The …

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Oklahoma Ban on Texting and Driving Goes to Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/30/366470.htm Fri, 01 May 2015 00:31:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=366470 Oklahoma is in line to become the 46th in the nation to pass a ban on texting and driving. A bill passed on April 29 by the House goes to Gov. Mary Fallin, who urged lawmakers in her State of the …

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Oklahoma Driller to Pay $59K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/28/365825.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:56:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365825 Helmerich & Payne Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa, Okla.-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee $59,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the …

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Storm Shelter Permit Applications Rise in Moore, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/28/365815.htm Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:44:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365815 Applications to build storm shelters have spiked a month after a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla. Moore spokeswoman Deidre Ebrey says officials there have noticed an increase in the number of people applying for storm shelters since the March …

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Seasonal Tornado Forecasts Being Developed by Oklahoma Researchers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/27/365717.htm Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:11:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365717 Weather researchers in Oklahoma are working on a method to develop seasonal tornado forecasts that could predict the likelihood of the severe storms weeks in advance. Harold Brooks, senior research scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe …

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Bill Banning Local Drilling Rules Passes Oklahoma House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/24/365626.htm Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:45:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365626 Legislation that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations was approved by the Oklahoma House on April 22, one day after the Oklahoma Geological Survey said it is “very likely” that a swarm of recent …

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Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/22/365324.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:20:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365324 With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

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CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/22/365101.htm Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:00:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=365101 Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …

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Oklahoma Ridesharing Bill Passes Senate Without Discrimination Protections http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/17/364861.htm Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364861 A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed. The version of the …

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Texting While Driving Ban OK’d in Oklahoma Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/13/364150.htm Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:45:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=364150 Oklahoma drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving under a bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate. The Senate voted 38-6 for the HB 1965, which now returns to the House for consideration. The bill makes …

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Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/04/09/363851.htm Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:43:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363851 States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

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Texas Grocery Chain, H-E-B, Others Pull Blue Bell Products http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/07/363523.htm Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:40:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363523 Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling all Blue Bell Ice Cream from store shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas. San Antonio-based H-E-B, with …

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Oklahoma Prescription Drug Database Bill Signed by Governor http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/06/363125.htm Mon, 06 Apr 2015 05:32:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363125 Doctors in Oklahoma would be required to check a new prescription drug database before prescribing certain addictive drugs under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. After the Senate voted 35-10 on March 31 for the bill, Fallin …

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Oklahoma Gov. Requests Federal Disaster Declaration http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/01/363140.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:16:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=363140 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland counties in the wake of deadly tornadoes that ripped through two mobile home parks near Sand Springs and another tornado that swept through Moore and heavily …

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Number of Deaths From Oklahoma Tornadoes, Storms Rises to 4 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/04/01/362954.htm Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:32:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362954 The death toll from tornadoes and strong storms last week in Oklahoma has risen to four people. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had earlier said that one person died when the severe weather struck a mobile home park …

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More Counties Added to Oklahoma Earthquake Watch List http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/30/362527.htm Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:41:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362527 Oklahoma officials are expanding the number of counties that are included in earthquake “areas of interest,” and asking nearly 100 companies to prove their oil and gas waste-water disposal wells are not too deep. The Tulsa World reports that the …

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Oklahoma Commissioner: Severe Weather Damaged at Least 1,100 Insured Homes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/26/362257.htm Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:13:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362257 Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announced that more than 1,100 homeowners insurance claims have already been filed following severe weather that marched across the state on Wednesday, March 25. “Tornadoes are a devastating act of Mother Nature that Oklahomans …

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Storms Sweep Through Oklahoma with Tornadoes, Hail http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/26/362219.htm Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:08:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=362219 Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt announced that Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for 25 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency due to tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that hit the state on …

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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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 Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/18/361134.htm Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:56:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361134 A Tulsa County man pleaded guilty to two felony counts of workers’ compensation fraud after charges were brought by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Insurance Fraud Unit. Joseph Max Hutton, 20, a first-time offender, was …

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Wildfire Spreads in Western Oklahoma, Homes Evacuated http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/18/361000.htm Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:21:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=361000 Emergency personnel say about a dozen people have been evacuated from their homes because of wildfire that has burned 37 square miles in rural western Oklahoma. Woodward County emergency manager Matt Lehenbauer said on March 17 that the fire is …

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Parents Awarded $1.5M in Oklahoma Teen Drunk Driving Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/16/360638.htm Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:30:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360638 Parents of a 17-year-old Oklahoman who was killed in a traffic accident in 2012 have been awarded $1.5 million in a civil case settlement. The Oklahoman reports that Donna and Duane Kerns have settled with Woodshed Liquor Store, which sold …

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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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Anti-Texting-While-Driving Measure Clears Oklahoma Senate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/12/360290.htm Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:19:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=360290 A measure making it illegal to text and drive is now one step closer to becoming law in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 821, authored by the Senate Public Safety Committee, would make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while using …

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