Insurance Journal » Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:37:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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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Insurer Rate Filings Now Available Online in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/08/343040.htm Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:52:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=343040 Oklahomans can learn more about insurance company filings by using a new online tool that contains rate filings for property, casualty, life and health insurance products, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Consumers can now search for rate and form filings …

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Oklahoma Commissioner Adopts Emergency Rules for Navigators http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/07/342909.htm Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:31:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342909 Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announce that new, emergency rules for registered federal health insurance program navigators have been approved by Gov. Mary Fallin. “The roles and duties of navigators are very different than those of insurance agents and brokers,” …

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Fatal DUI in Oklahoma Settled Between Parents and School http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/06/342801.htm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:59:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342801 The parents of an Oklahoma teenager killed in a drunken driving accident after he left an Ottawa County high school campus have settled a civil lawsuit against the school district. Duane and Donna Kerns sued the Fairland school board after …

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Cause of Oklahoma Truck-Bus Crash Still a Mystery http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/01/342171.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:39:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342171 The softball coach who was driving a team bus smashed into by an errant truck did everything he could to save four players who died in the accident, a relative said, even as investigators tried to solve the mystery of …

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Truck Driver: Distraction a Factor in Fatal Oklahoma Crash http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/30/341984.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:55:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341984 The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a bus and killed four college students on Interstate 35 in southern Oklahoma told investigators he was distracted. Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas, was traveling northbound on Sept. 26 before crossing …

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Police: Fired Oklahoma Man Beheads Co-Worker, Attacks Another http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/28/341802.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 03:16:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341802 A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives on Sept. 27. Alton …

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Oklahoma Legislature Urged to Boost Nursing Home Staffing Rules http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/26/341758.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341758 A Seminole woman pleaded with Oklahoma state lawmakers recently to “demand changes in the staffing and other requirements of our state’s long-term care facilities.” “We tried to do precisely that earlier this year, but the Republicans blocked it,” said Rep. …

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Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Arrested for Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/25/341613.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:31:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341613 An investigation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit has led to the arrest of former insurance agent Nathan Sullivan, Jr., 47. Sullivan is accused of defrauding a Weatherford woman out of more than $30,000 and leaving her with a …

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Oklahoma Volunteer Firefighter Charged with Arson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/24/341530.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:44:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341530 The Craig County Sheriff’s Office says a volunteer firefighter faces arson charges following a series of hay and structure fires. Jesse Bennett, 19, was arrested in connection to eight fires that occurred in August and September. The Big Cabin Volunteer Fire …

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$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/23/341417.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341417 Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

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Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Recorded in Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/22/341308.htm Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:47:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341308 The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Medford, Okla. The earthquake happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. about 20 miles east of Enid and 17 miles southeast of Medford. A Grant County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher tells The …

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Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/19/341174.htm Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:42:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341174 Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

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Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/18/341027.htm Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341027 A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

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4.2 Magnitude Quake Strikes near Guthrie, Oklahoma http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/17/340791.htm Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:10:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340791 The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes near Guthrie, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor. The USGS said the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:08 p.m. on Sept. 15 one mile southeast of Guthrie and a 3.2 magnitude quake …

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Magnitude 3.7 Quake Rattles Perry, Oklahoma, Area http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/15/340459.htm Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:58:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340459 The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has rattled an area south of Perry on Sept. 12. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following Friday morning’s earthquake. The USGS says the …

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In Suit, Oklahoma Ex-Inmates Claim Private Halfway House Violated Civil Rights http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/11/340221.htm Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:48:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340221 Some former inmates are suing Tulsa, Okla., halfway house workers who they claim violated their civil rights by organizing fight clubs and beatings. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in punitive damages for “severe physical injuries,” …

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4.3-Magnitude Quake in Oklahoma: USGS http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/10/340122.htm Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:46:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340122 The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 has struck northern Oklahoma. The USGS says the quake hit at 11:21 a.m. Monday 1 mile north-northeast of Medford, or 30 miles north-northeast of Enid. The earthquake had …

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Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Selling Sans License http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/09/340055.htm Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:00:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340055 A former Oklahoma insurance agent has received a five-year suspended sentence and a $2,500 fine for selling insurance without a license. Preston Chadwick Henson, 44, was convicted of the felony after entering a no contest plea in Kingfisher County. The …

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