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Safety Laws Still Lacking a Year After Texas Plant Blast

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers and …

Workers’ Comp Commissioner Says Claims on Decline in Texas

Declining workplace injuries and fewer claims for workers’ compensation benefits are leading to lower costs for employers, Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon told lawmakers in testimony before the House Business & Industry Committee. Bordelon also told committee members …

Texas-Based All-Star Insurance Group Acquires Hogue Insurance Agency

All-Star Insurance Group Inc. has acquired Hogue Insurance Agency in Quitman, Texas. Hogue Insurance Agency is now known as All-Star Insurance Group and has moved all operations to an office inside Wood County National Bank in Quitman. Tonda Tiffee Ward, …

Farmers Insurance Expects $75M in Claims from Midwest Storms

A system of severe weather moving through multiple Midwest states in early April brought tornadoes, hail, severe winds and flooding in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Farmers Insurance estimates that its expected claims volume from these states will total approximately …

Texas Agent Faces 10 Years in Prison for Insurance Fraud Conviction

A Fort Worth man faces ten years in federal prison following a conviction for insurance fraud, the Insurance Department of Texas reported. Caleb Deason, an insurance agent for Transamerica Life Insurance Co., was convicted on charges of wire fraud and …

Industry Pushing Back in Texas Against Fertilizer Plant Safety Requirements

The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy proposed new building requirements ahead of the anniversary of …

Multiple Twisters Hit South Central States, Cause Minor Damage

Tornadoes that hit the South Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the past weekend caused minimal damage but with them Oklahoma saw the end of its eight-month twister-less streak. Surveys by National Weather Service teams  determined that damaging …

Specialty Insurance Managers Launches High Value Homeowners Program

Specialty Insurance Managers Inc., a managing general agent based in Austin, Texas, has begun offering a new high value homeowners insurance program in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, with plans to expand into additional territories. The MGA …

Texas Jury Awards $4.6M in Suit Over Fatal Crash

A jury has awarded a West Texas family $4.6 million in a lawsuit it had filed against three trucking companies related to a 2010 crash that killed two men. The El Paso Times reports the jury found the companies were …

Family of Texas ‘Affluenza’ Teen to Pay Only Fraction of Rehab Fee

The family of a Texas teenager sentenced to probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck will pay for just a fraction of his court-ordered treatment, a court official testified. Ethan Couch’s parents will be charged $1,170 a month …