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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 …

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How are agencies targeting new business today? Will historical growth rates be sustainable? And just how much do agencies need to reinvest to achieve desired growth and enable perpetuation? These are some of the questions that a new industry survey …

Obesity Linked to Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have …

Primary-Enforced Texting Laws Save Drivers’ Lives: University Research

New research appears to confirm that laws against texting while driving do reduce traffic fatalities if they are primary enforcement laws. Primary texting bans are associated with a three percent reduction in traffic fatalities among all age groups, which is …

Survey: Michigan Business Owners Optimistic About Future

Owners of Michigan’s small and medium-size businesses have voiced their confidence in Michigan’s economic future in the latest Future Business Index, published in partnership with the Michigan Business Network and Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, the insurer announced. The optimism of …

Insurers Overemphasizing Digital Service Risk Alienating Customers: Bain

Global top performers in the high-churn personal insurance industry win over customers with consistent outreach that relies on multiple channels for customers to connect including phone, internet or face-to-face.  However, insurers that overemphasize digital channels at the expense of traditional …