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Great American Public Sector Increases Casualty Capacity

Great American Insurance Group has added an additional $10 million in casualty capacity for public sector risks attaching $10 million or higher. When attached to a risk in conjunction with Great American Public Sector’s primary $10 million limit, a governmental …

Family Sues Tangipahoa Parish Jail over Inmate’s Death

The parents of a Louisiana prisoner who died in custody at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail last year has filed a wrongful death suit. The Advocate reports the lawsuit alleges the jail staff failed to monitor the health of Keith Joseph …

Arkansas Senate Bill Would Allow Armed Teachers, School Staff

The Arkansas Senate passed legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts. By a 33-1 vote, the Senate approved a …

Ohio School District Employees Appeal Ruling in Shooting Lawsuit

Five current or former officials from an Ohio school district are appealing a ruling allowing three school shooting victims’ families to proceed with parts of a lawsuit. The lawsuit by the families and a student injured in the 2012 shooting …

Louisiana Supreme Court Rejects Suit by School Workers Fired Post-Katrina

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its October dismissal of a lawsuit over the firing of thousands of New Orleans public school employees after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to …

Bus Inspection Problems Plague Michigan’s Small, Rural School Districts

Michigan State Police inspections have found that small, rural school districts experienced the most problems with their buses during the 2013-14 school year. As for Michigan as a whole, The Detroit News reported that state police figures show the number …

Oklahoma AG: Company Selling Copyright-Infringed Software to Schools

The owners of a Ninnekah, Okla., computer company have been charged with allegedly selling computers containing copyright-infringed software to school districts and city and county governments in southwestern Oklahoma, according to the office of state Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Craig Computer owners Ray …

Failed Oklahoma School Insurance Coop Seeks Payments

Some Oklahoma school officials say efforts by a failed school insurance cooperative to collect about $720,000 to pay current and expected claims and debts would create a financial hardship and may be illegal. The Oklahoma Schools Property/Casualty Cooperative has sent …

Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish Plans to Build Flood Walls to Protect Schools

School officials in Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish are moving ahead with plans for a concrete wall and pump system to protect more of the parish’s schools from floodwaters. The Advocate reports the latest project calls for spending $2.8 million to erect …

9.1% Drop in Local Government Workers’ Comp Rates Proposed by Ohio BWC

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) proposed to its board of directors an average rate reduction of 9.1 percent for Ohio’s 3,800 cities, counties, townships, villages, schools and special districts covered by the BWC. Overall, due to the proposed …