Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:59:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 4.2 Magnitude Quake Recorded in Northern Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/29/355839.htm Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:30:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355839 A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook part of Grant County in northern Oklahoma on Jan. 27. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded shortly before 10 a.m. about 13 miles south-southeast of Medford at a depth of …

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Oklahoma Supreme Court to Hear Oil Company/Earthquake Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/26/355485.htm Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:32:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=355485 Oklahoma’s highest court has decided to hear a lawsuit that alleges two oil companies are liable for injuries a Prague woman suffered during a 2011 earthquake. The lawsuit by Sandra Ladra of Prague is among dozens of lawsuits filed in …

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Experts: Steady Rate of Earthquakes in Oklahoma in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/21/354355.htm Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:59:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354355 After increasing rapidly over the past three years, the pace of earthquakes in Oklahoma held steady in 2014 at a rate higher than California and far higher than the historic average in Oklahoma. Oklahoma experienced 567 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 …

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4.1 Mag Quake Recorded in North-Central Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/20/354464.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:25:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354464 The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake near Cherokee in north-central Oklahoma. The USGS reports the quake occurred at 4:19 a.m. on Jan. 21 about nine miles east of Cherokee in Alfalfa County — about 95 miles …

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Grass Fires Burn 2,100 Acres in Oklahoma, Close I-35 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/20/354475.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:20:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354475 Wildfires scorched thousands of acres of land in central Oklahoma on Jan. 18, prompting evacuations, damaging buildings and forcing the closure of busy Interstate 35 in Logan County for more than an hour. Two fires began near Guthrie in the …

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More Earthquakes in Oklahoma in 2014 than in Past 30 Years http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/08/353505.htm Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:21:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=353505 Officials say Oklahoma had more earthquakes last year than in the past 30 years. The U.S. Geological Survey says 567 earthquakes with magnitudes of 3.0 or greater were registered in Oklahoma, making it the most seismically active state in the …

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3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/06/351813.htm Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:33:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351813 A 3.7 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Guthrie area in central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was recorded at 3:37 p.m. Sunday about two miles south-southwest of the Logan County city. The USGS says the temblor occurred …

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Weather Service: Fewest Tornadoes on Record in Oklahoma in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2015/01/04/351626.htm Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:29:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351626 Just 16 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma in 2014, which the National Weather Service says is the fewest on record. Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says a combination of factors led to the relative lack of tornadoes, The Oklahoman reported. …

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Most Popular Insurance Journal South Central Stories of 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/31/351456.htm Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:04:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351456 Fraud, higher homeowners rates, fracking, and electronic traffic tickets are topics that drove readers to the following stories on InsuranceJournal.com in 2014. The following 10 stories led as the most popular picks by readers in the South Central region. Workers’ …

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Christmas Quakes Rattle Parts of Central Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/29/351265.htm Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:12:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351265 Two earthquakes have rattled parts of central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck in Logan County at about 2.30 p.m. on Christmas Day about three miles south of Guthrie and 30 miles north of Oklahoma …

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Price Optimization Allegations Challenged, NAIC Investigating Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/12/18/350630.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:59:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350630 Reaction to industry-wide price optimization allegations from a consumer group known to call out insurers has been somewhat critical yet guarded – however it appears regulators may already be starting to look into the practice. Consumer Federation of America this week …

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Fraud Scheme Leads to Prison for Former Oklahoma Insurance Firm Employee http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/18/350458.htm Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:41:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350458 The former employee of an insurance company faces two years in federal prison and more than $168,000 in restitution after being sentenced on a fraud conviction by U.S. district judge in Oklahoma City. Carla Jo Mires, of Oklahoma City, was …

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EF0 Tornado Reported in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/16/350274.htm Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:58:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=350274 A small tornado that touched ground briefly in Arcadia, Okla., has been rated an EF0 by the National Weather Service in Norman. Weather service meteorologist Marc Austin said that the tornado caused no damage and appeared to have been on …

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Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Inhofe’s Family Sues Plane Manufacturers over Son’s Death http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/11/349826.htm Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:44:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349826 The family of a U.S. senator whose son was killed in a plane crash is seeking damages in a lawsuit that alleges negligence against the aircraft’s manufacturers. The Tulsa World reports the suit was filed in Tulsa County District Court. …

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INSURICA Acquired Oklahoma, California Agencies in Q3 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/09/349355.htm Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:27:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349355 Oklahoma City-based INSURICA Insurance Management Network announced it acquired an agency in Oklahoma and one in California during the third quarter of 2014. In Oklahoma, INSURICA added James & Associates, located in Tulsa. James & Associates has been in business for …

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Ex-CEO of Bankrupt Oklahoma Trucking Co. Faces Fraud Charges http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349210.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:37:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349210 Just shy of five years after Arrow Trucking Co. in Tulsa, Okla., suddenly shut its doors, the company’s former chief executive has been indicted on fraud charges related to the company’s demise. A 23-count indictment unsealed on Dec. 5 in Dallas …

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Magnitude 4.0 Quake Recorded in Oklahoma’s Payne County http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349207.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:34:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349207 The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded near Perkins, Okla., in Payne County on Dec. 4. The USGS says the earthquake occurred at 9:54 p.m. about four miles northwest of Perkins. The epicenter is about five …

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Included in Swarm Near Medford, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/348434.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:32:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=348434 A swarm of earthquakes has rattled the Medford area in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck at 8:43 a.m. on Nov. 25. Its epicenter was less than one mile east of …

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Tulsa Courthouse Reopens after Bedbugs Exterminated http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/21/347786.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:54:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347786 Potential jurors at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Oklahoma recently got an extra-long lunch break after one of them brought  into the building. Potential jurors at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Oklahoma recently got an extra-long lunch break after one of …

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Oklahoman: Kansas Quake Caused $25K Damage to Home http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/17/347250.htm Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:26:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347250 An Oklahoma resident says a preliminary 4.8-magnitude earthquake that struck a Kansas town on Nov. 12 caused at least $25,000 in damage to his home. The quake originated near the town of Conway Springs, Kan., and shook parts of that …

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4.8 Mag Earthquake Shakes Parts of Kansas, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/14/347136.htm Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:42:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347136 An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 shook parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Nov. 12, the largest since a series of temblors began rattling Kansas a little more than a year ago. The quake’s epicenter was near the …

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4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/11/346503.htm Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:27:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346503 The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.1 magnitude earthquake near Stillwater, Okla. The USGS says the earthquake was recorded at 2:10 p.m. Sunday five miles southwest of Stillwater, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Payne County Sheriff’s …

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Group Aims to Create Alternatives to Workers’ Comp State-by-State http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/11/10/346291.htm Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:37:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346291 Formed in late 2013, the Austin, Texas-based Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation — or ARAWC — would like to see an expansion of alternatives to state workers’ compensation systems, such as the nonsubscriber system in Texas and the …

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Oklahoma Homeowners Benefit from Improved Fire Protection Rating http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/31/345613.htm Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:36:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345613 Homeowners in eastern Cleveland County in Oklahoma could soon pay less for property insurance as result of an improved Public Protection Classification (PPC) for the Cedar Country Fire Protection District, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) …

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Oklahoma Judge Throws Out Lawsuit over Earthquake, Disposal Wells http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/29/345299.htm Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:52:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345299 A judge has thrown out a lawsuit over an earthquake that injured a woman, finding that the case should instead be heard by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. In August, Prague resident Sandra Ladra filed a lawsuit against the operators of …

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Fireman: Trucker ‘Zombie’-Like After Fatal Bus Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/24/344715.htm Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:38:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344715 Russell Staley stared out his broken windshield as darkness engulfed him and firefighters bearing chain saws cut through fallen trees to reach the passenger door of his tractor trailer. Staley had been heading north on Interstate 35 near Davis, Okla., …

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Storms Hammer Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/14/343462.htm Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:51:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343462 A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma late on Sunday and early Monday, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and …

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Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Seek Drought Loss Relief from USDA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/13/343358.htm Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:36:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343358 Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that’s scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought. The policy is part of the 2014 Farm …

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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/13/343354.htm Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:28:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343354 The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake near Cushing in north-central Oklahoma. Cushing Emergency Management Director Bob Noltensmeyer says there are no injuries or major damage as a result of the tremor that was recorded at 8:51 …

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University Presidents Oppose Push for Guns on Campuses in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/10/343263.htm Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:23:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343263 Allowing more students and faculty at colleges and universities to carry guns on campus would be a serious mistake and jeopardize the public’s safety, the University of Oklahoma president told members of a state legislative committee. David Boren was among …

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