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10 Years and 12,000 Smoke Alarms in Texas

The We’re Out to Alarm Texas program has donated approximately 12,000 smoke alarms to Texas seniors and other citizens throughout the state during its 10 years in existence, the Insurance Council of Texas announced. The ICT said these smoke alarms …

Texas Extended Warranty Company Sued by Minnesota AG

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a Texas auto warranty company, alleging it uses deceptive tactics to avoid giving customers refunds. According to the lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court, Enterprise Financial Group Inc. of Irving, Texas, has …

West Texas Battered by Torrential Rains

Torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Odile have battered West Texas, and police said on Sept. 22 they were investigating whether the death of a woman in El Paso was related to the flooding. Rainfall amounts across Texas in …

Ballinger to Retire from Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas

The board of directors of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLSOT) announced the retirement of Philip R. Ballinger as executive director after 22 years of distinguished service. He will remain in the post until Jan. 2, 2015. Ballinger joined the Surplus …

Preliminary Flood Maps Available in Texas for Aransas, San Patricio Counties

Newly-released preliminary flood maps for Aransas and San Patricio counties in Texas will help residents and business owners to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County officials and FEMA are …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

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 …

Texas-Based Cut Stone Manufacturer Fined $234.9K for Safety Violations

Cut limestone manufacturer Mezger Enterprises Ltd., based in Lampasas, Texas, has been cited for 27 safety and health violations, including two willful, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Proposed penalties total $234,900. OSHA said the …

Texas Sets Workers’ Comp Weekly Benefit Rates for Coming Year

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that the workers’ compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015 has been set at $860.52. The maximum weekly benefit …

Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable

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 …

$3M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme in Texas Leads to Prison Time

Two Bryan, Texas, men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme that authorities say defrauded insurance companies of more than $3 million. Earlie Dickerson, a former office manager, was sentenced in Houston federal court to 14 years in …