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Texas County Reaches $775K Deal in Taser Case

Bastrop County in Texas has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser. The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said …

Brownsville, Texas Ranks Second Among Safe Driving Cities

Allstate Insurance Co.’s 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” ranks Brownsville, Texas, second safest among America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency. According to the report, the average driver in Brownsville will experience an auto collision …

Thief Targeting High End Bicycles in Austin

Austin, Texas, police say they are investigating nearly 40 nighttime burglaries in which more than 115 “high end” bicycles were stolen from garages. Police say one suspect, whose image was captured on a homeowner’s surveillance camera, is responsible for multiple …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Despite Murder Charge, Texas Woman Gets Insurance Payout

A judge has awarded the payout of trucking magnate Bill Hall Jr.’s life insurance policy to Hall’s widow, who’s charged with murdering her husband. Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff has ordered that Frances A. Hall receive about $310,000 from …

U.S. Attorney: Texas Man Guilty in Auto Insurance Fraud Case

A 42-year-old Nederland, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal violations related to fraudulent insurance claims in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced. Antonio Govea Figueroa pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges before U.S. Magistrate …

Kretiv Joins XL Group Distribution & Network Team in Dallas

XL Group’s North America distribution and network team has added Michael Kretiv as vice president and client distribution leader. Based in XL’s Dallas office, Kretiv reports to Wayne Speeg, XL Group’s regional leader – South Central. Kretiv joins XL Group …

Burns Joins Worldwide Facilities in Houston

National wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent, Worldwide Facilities Inc., announced that Rick Burns has joined its Houston office as senior vice president and product development officer. Worldwide’s Houston office primarily serves the energy and marine markets. Burns spent the …

Texas Plastics Plant Hit with $174K Fine for Safety and Health Violations

Plastic Systems LLC in El Paso, Texas, was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 21 safety and health violations, including six repeat, for failing to develop adequate lockout/tagout procedures to control the unexpected startup of …

Florida Firm Adding Jobs at Health Insurance Call Center in Texas

A Florida call center company plans to add about 400 jobs in Central Texas to assist people seeking federal health insurance coverage. C3/CustomerContactChannels currently employs about 600 workers in McGregor, near Waco. Officials with Plantation, Fla.-based C3 announced the additional …