Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.2 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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Oklahoma Commissioner Warns Insurers on Denial of Earthquake Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/04/359352.htm Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:51:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359352 With the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma — which some say are at least partly attributed to waste water injection wells related to the practice of hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas drilling — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner …

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Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/03/03/359151.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:33:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359151 Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

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Oklahoma, U.S. Differ in Earthquake Calculations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/03/02/359047.htm Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:24:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=359047 The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported fewer than half the number of 4.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes in Oklahoma last year as the U.S. Geological Survey, according to agency records. While OGS reported six earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 and higher last …

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Bill Banning Texting and Driving Passes Oklahoma House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/25/358669.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:52:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358669 The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved restrictions on texting while driving, despite concerns among the measure’s strongest supporters that they don’t go far enough. House members voted 96-2 for the bill, sending it to the Senate for debate and a …

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More than $1M Awarded in Oklahoma Nursing Home Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/24/358549.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:49:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358549 The former owner of an Oklahoma City nursing home must pay a woman’s family more than $1 million in damages after staff were caught abusing the woman on camera. A jury recently awarded the three daughters of 96-year-old Eryetha Mayberry …

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Wastewater Injection Shaking Oklahoma; Tracking, Management Needed http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/23/358386.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:35:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358386 Not so many years ago, earthquake science was no more relevant to Oklahoma than marine biology. But these days the state is shaking way more often than California, and giving many people there an unwanted crash course in seismology. Last …

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Texting-While-Driving Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/13/357423.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:55:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357423 A measure aimed at curbing the dangerous trend of texting while driving easily passed out of an Oklahoma House committee, the bill’s author reports. House Bill 1965, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, strengthens language aimed at preventing texting while driving, …

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Energy Companies Sued in Oklahoma over Earthquake Damage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/12/357319.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357319 A Prague, Okla., resident has filed a lawsuit against two energy companies seeking class-action status for people in nine counties who were affected by recent earthquakes. Jennifer Lin Cooper filed the suit against Tulsa-based New Dominion LLC and Spess Oil …

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Former Arrow Trucking CEO Pleads Guilty in Oklahoma to Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/09/356957.htm Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:29:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356957 The former CEO of a now-defunct trucking company that left its employees stranded all over the country when it suddenly shut down in December 2009 has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oklahoma to charges of tax evasion and fraud. …

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Minor Damage to Courthouse after Northern Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/06/356802.htm Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:23:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356802 A swarm of earthquakes has shaken parts of Alfalfa County in northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says four earthquakes have been recorded around Cherokee and Helena since late on Feb. 4, including a magnitude 4.3 quake about five miles …

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Want to Regulate Drones in State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/02/06/356800.htm Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:19:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=356800 Concerned about the growing presence of drones in the skies above Oklahoma, a couple of state lawmakers have filed legislation to rein in their use. But state officials trying to attract unmanned aerial vehicle designers and manufacturers say it is …

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