Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Multiple Twisters Hit South Central States, Cause Minor Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/16/326500.htm Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326500 Tornadoes that hit the South Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the past weekend caused minimal damage but with them Oklahoma saw the end of its eight-month twister-less streak. Surveys by National Weather Service teams  determined that damaging …

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Oklahoma Congressman’s Weather Forecasting Bill Passed by U.S. House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/15/326317.htm Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:38:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326317 The U.S. House of Representatives in early April passed a bill sponsored by an Oklahoma congressman that would enable development of technology for improving weather forecasting and predicting. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma’s 1st District said HR 2413, the Weather …

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Oklahoma on a Tornado-Less Streak: 8 Months Without One http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/14/326227.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:07:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326227 Oklahoma hasn’t had a tornado or a tornado warning for more than eight months, though it is doubtful Oklahoma will be able to match its longest streak ever without a twister. Things have been unusually quiet through the first three …

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4.3 Magnitude Quake Latest in a String to Rock Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/04/09/325879.htm Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:14:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325879 Oklahoma, which has had 133 quakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the last 30 days, was rocked on April 7 by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in the central part of the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The …

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Oklahoma Bills Would Limit Liability of Shelters During Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/31/324840.htm Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:08:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324840 A pair of Oklahoma legislators says businesses, schools and churches that open their doors to passers-by during violent weather should be spared liability if their temporary guests are hurt or killed. A bill by Rep. Larry Glenn, R-Miami, would exempt …

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Weather Service: Flash Flood Warning System in Oklahoma Lacking http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/25/324388.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:35:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324388 A new report assessing last May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma says the National Weather Service needs to develop a protocol for when there are multiple severe weather events. The recommendation stems from the combination tornado and flash flooding that occurred on …

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Tornado-Devastated Oklahoma Town Adopts New Residential Building Codes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/19/323734.htm Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:55:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323734 City leaders in Moore, Okla., have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph, making it the first U.S. city to adopt construction rules aimed at preventing catastrophic tornado …

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Former Oklahoma Police Officer Sentenced in Auto Insurance Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/17/323515.htm Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:30:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323515 A former police officer has been sentenced to serve 10 days of weekend imprisonment and three years of supervised probation in an auto insurance fraud case, according to Sanford C. Coats, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Clinton …

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One Driving Safety Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma, Another Pushed Back http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/17/323511.htm Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:15:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323511 The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee. The positive vote on Senate Bill 1601, …

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Weather Service in Oklahoma Runs Social Media ‘Tornado Drill’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/13/323209.htm Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:09:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323209 Melody Holeman has no TV and lives in such a rural part of the Oklahoma Panhandle that she can’t even pick up a signal on the weather radio that the Red Cross gave her. When powerful storms barrel through the …

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Oklahoma Kids Get Helmets for Tornado Protection http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/10/322826.htm Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:20:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322826 As many as 34,000 students and workers in the Moore school district in Oklahoma soon will have access to helmets to protect them during severe weather. Moore Helmets for Schools, a group of volunteers headed by the mother of a …

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School Storm Shelter Measure Stalls in Oklahoma House Committee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/28/321867.htm Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:38:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321867 The author of legislation asking voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools has failed to get it out of an Oklahoma House committee. Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs asked the House Rules Committee to …

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Moore Oklahoma Fire Dept. Receives Grant from Fireman’s Fund, Apollo General http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/26/321579.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:22:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321579 The Moore, Okla., Fire Department has received a special $10,869 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. In the aftermath of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma, the Moore firefighters had their work cut out for …

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Oklahoma Senate Committee OKs Texting and Driving, School Zone Cell Phone Bills http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/21/321255.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:48:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321255 The Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee has approved legislative measures that would ban texting while driving, as well as the use of cell phones while driving in school zones. Senate Bill 442, by Sen. Ron Sharp, would make it unlawful …

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Tougher Seat Belt Law Advances in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/21/321250.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:25:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321250 An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation that would require passengers in the back seat of vehicles to wear seat belts. The House Public Safety Committee voted 7-5 for the measure on Feb. 19 and sent it to the full …

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Durability of Oklahoma School Storm Shelter Tested in Demolition http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/17/320596.htm Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:49:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320596 An excavator tore down an aging former school in rural Oklahoma, but it was what was left standing that drew a crowd. After the ceilings and concrete walls of the old Little Axe middle school came down with ease, a …

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Judge Blocks Oklahoma Firm from Selling Execution Drug to Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/13/320483.htm Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:40:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320483 A federal judge on Feb. 12 agreed to temporarily block an Oklahoma pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for use in an upcoming lethal injection. The temporary restraining order was issued after a federal lawsuit …

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New Texting-While-Driving Ban Proponents: Oklahoma Teens http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/13/320455.htm Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:30:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320455 A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are urging legislators to pass a new state law outlawing the practice. About a dozen high school students with a group called “Generation tXt” visited with lawmakers …

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Moore, Joplin Mayors: Majority of Tornado-Stricken Homes Being Rebuilt http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/12/320299.htm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:31:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320299 Mayors from two communities hit by deadly EF5 tornadoes in recent years say more than three-quarters of residents who were displaced have rebuilt their homes or intend to do so. It’s been almost three years since the town of Joplin …

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Oklahoma, Texas Had Costliest Natural Disasters in 2013: Hartwig http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/11/320152.htm Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:41:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320152 The Oklahoma tornadoes of May 2013 not only caused significant loss of life but also contributed to its designation last year as the costliest state for natural disaster related insurance payouts, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Oklahoma’s policyholders …

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Dubious Distinction: Texas, Oklahoma Have Most Twisters in 2013 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/07/319885.htm Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:48:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319885 Texas and Oklahoma led the nation in the number of tornadoes last year. Oklahoma’s 79 was well above the state’s average of 57. Texas had 81. Greg Carbin, the warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, told …

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Houser Promoted to President – Markel Wholesale’s Mid South Region http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/07/319877.htm Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:33:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319877 Markel Corp. has promoted Wendy Houser to president, Mid South region, of Markel’s Wholesale division. The Mid South region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Houser joined Markel in 2008 and helped to establish Markel’s Mid South …

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Tulsa, Oklahoma Considers Code Change for Storm Shelters in New Schools http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/06/319737.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:28:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319737 City councilors in Tulsa planned to begin discussions today on a proposed change to the city’s building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction. Building storm shelters in schools has become a major statewide and local issue …

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Oklahoma Insurance Department Hosting Tornado Survivor Claims, Tax Forum http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/05/319627.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:37:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319627 Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is hosting a consumer assistance event to help tornado survivors with their insurance claims and inform them of important tax information, including possible deductions, the state insurance department announced. Doak, along with Todd Pefferman, …

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Mothers of Tornado Victims Sue Oklahoma Governor over School Safety Records http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/05/319598.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:56:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319598 The mothers of two Moore schoolchildren who were killed in last year’s tornado have filed a lawsuit accusing Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin of violating the state’s open records law. The lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf …

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Oklahoma DPS: December Traffic Fatalities Half That of Previous Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/02/02/319150.htm Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:40:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319150 The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says there were half as many fatalities in December 2013 verse the same month the previous year. There were 33 fatalities on Oklahoma roadways in December 2013 compared to 66 in December 2012. The …

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, Settles Police Corruption Case for $425K http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/31/319049.htm Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:23:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319049 A federal lawsuit filed against the city of Tulsa by a man who was freed from prison following an investigation into police corruption has been settled for $425,000. Larry Wayne Barnes Sr. was convicted in April 2008 of two drug …

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Oklahoma Gov. Backs Statewide Vote on School Storm Shelters, Safety Upgrades http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/30/318987.htm Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:17:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318987 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed a proposal that would enable voters to weigh in on efforts to improve school safety and grant school districts a one-time increase in local bond limits to pay for storm shelters, safe rooms or other …

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Oklahoma-Based INSURICA Acquires Joe West Co., Related Agencies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/30/318919.htm Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:55:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318919 INSURICA Insurance Management Network, based in Oklahoma City, has acquired Tulsa-area agency, Joe West Company, and related agencies, Lon T. Jackson Agency and McMasters Insurance Counselors/Keystone Insurance Agency, located in Sapulpa and Sand Springs, Okla., respectively. The agencies will now …

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Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Electronic Citations for Traffic Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/01/27/318429.htm Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:30:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318429 An Oklahoma state senator has filed a bill to allow law enforcement officers to issue electronic citations for traffic, misdemeanor and municipal ordinance violations. A former police officer, Sen. Al McAffrey, said Senate Bill 1872 would protect law enforcement personnel …

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