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IRC: Uninsured Motorists a Perplexing, Pervasive Concern

A new report shows there hasn’t been much ground gained in the battle to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road, and there’s nowhere experts can point their fingers as an explanation of the pervasive problem. From a …

South Carolina Reports Rise in Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud complaints in South Carolina have reached an all-time high with more than 1,200 pouring in last year, according to a report by Attorney General Alan Wilson. The annual report from his office’s Insurance Fraud Division noted attorneys prosecuted …

The Promise of Telemedicine to Pare Health Costs

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, but only if the technology is widely-adopted. According to analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson, achieving this level of savings would …

Small Businesses to Commercial Insurers: ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’

Insurers writing predominantly personal lines of insurance do a better job in satisfying their small business customers than insurers focused more on commercial lines, a new survey contends. According to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Small Business Commercial Insurance Study …

FSU Professor Links Tornado Strength, Frequency to Climate Change

New research by a Florida State University geography professor shows that climate change may be playing a key role in the strength and frequency of tornadoes hitting the United States. Published this week in the journal Climate Dynamics, the study …

Nuisance Flooding Rising Problem for U.S. Cities: NOAA

Residents and officials in major U.S. cities know it doesn’t take a fierce storm or menacing hurricane to cause flooding as they increasingly have to deal with so-called “nuisance flooding” caused by rising sea levels. Eight of the top 10 …

Teens Say Parents Ignore Pleas to Stop Texting, Driving Under Influence

U.S. parents often ignore warnings from their teenage children by driving while texting or under the influence of marijuana, according to a survey released today by Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Forty-two percent of teen passengers said they have asked parents …

U.S., Rockefeller $100M Fund Promotes Natural Disaster Mitigation, Insurance for Poor

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation are starting a $100 million project to prepare vulnerable communities for climate- caused humanitarian disasters before they happen. The initiative, which will start in Africa’s Sahel region and was announced …

Soft P/C Market Flattens Independent Agencies’ Organic Growth in Q2: Reagan Consulting

Independent insurance agents and brokers reported median organic growth of 5.8 percent for the second quarter of 2014, a weakening from 6.2 percent for the first quarter of 2014 and 6.9 percent for the second quarter of 2013, according to …

Baton Rouge-Area Among Top Gainers for New Construction Jobs

Large amounts of construction in the Baton Rouge, La.-area has led the region to be named among the top gainers in the nation for new construction jobs. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the recognition was announced on July 30 in a report …