Texas News

Oklahoma Driller to Pay $59K to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Helmerich & Payne Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa, Okla.-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee $59,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the …

North Texas Hit with Tornadoes, Large Hail

The National Weather Service said as many as 12 tornadoes and hail the size of softballs pounded portions of north Texas overnight. The storms turned violent beginning near Rising Star in Eastland County and proceeded eastward for about 100 miles. Representatives …

Measure Would Ban Red Light Cameras in Texas

Texas could put red light cameras in the rearview mirror under a bill that has cleared the Texas Senate. Republican Sen. Bob Hall said that red light cameras “have failed miserably” before his bill was sent over to the House. …

Spracklen Joins Texas’ Roach Howard Smith & Barton as VP

Julia Miller Spracklen, J. D. has joined Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm, Roach Howard Smith & Barton, as vice president of risk services, responsible for overseeing the employees and function of the risk services department. Spracklen joins RHSB from Travelers …

Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

Texas Home Insurers Seek Lawsuit Protection Despite Healthy Profits

Texas home insurers saw a third straight year of healthy profits in 2014 due to higher rates and fewer severe storms across the state. But The Dallas Morning News reports a rising tide of lawsuits filed by homeowners in recent …

InsureZone Adds Gage as VP, Business Development

Fort Worth, Texas-based InsureZone has added Renee Gage as vice president of business development. Gage brings more than 25 years of operational experience to InsureZone. She started her insurance career with Union National Life and Fire Insurance Co. Gage also …

Wagner Joins Southwest Risk in Dallas

Dave Wagner has joined Southwest Risk LP in Dallas to serve as relationship manager. Wagner began his insurance career in 1987 in western New York and has 28 years of marketing experience. Most recently, he was with the Independent Agents Association of Texas ably …

TWFG Founder Named Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year

Richard “Gordy” Bunch, founder, president, and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) has been nominated Gulf Coast Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, making him eligible for the 2015 national award. The Entrepreneur of the Year program …

All Risks South Central Adds Producers in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans

Insurance wholesaler All Risks Ltd. has added three new producers in the South Central region: Zach Burdine in Dallas; Alan Doyle in Houston; and Aaron Ross in New Orleans. Burdine joins the Dallas office as a broker and brings proven …