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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma Following Severe Storms, Tornados

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of severe storms that swept across the state on May 6 bringing tornados, high winds, hail and flooding. At least 39 tornados were reported to have touched ground yesterday. …

NTSB: Chopper Hoist Was Spinning Before Texas Nurse’s Fatal Fall

Investigators say a hoist suspended from a medical helicopter, which was carrying a nurse and patient from a Texas hiking trail, was spinning just before the nurse fell to her death. The National Transportation Safety Board on May 5 released …

Higginbotham Adds Bell in Austin Office

Texas-based Higginbotham has hired Sean Bell as an associate of commercial property/casualty insurance for its practice in Austin. Bell has experience in brokerage with an independent agency and in claims with an insurance carrier. Bell began his career as a property claims professional …

Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare

The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made Tuesday by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at Google’s annual …

Texas-Based Sally Beauty Reports Unusual Payment Card Activity

Texas-based Sally Beauty said that it is investigating reports of unusual activity on payment cards used at some of its U.S. stores. The beauty products seller said that it is working with law enforcement and its credit card processor. It’s …

Texas Bill Preventing Cities from Banning Oil Drilling Sent to Governor

Texas cities would no longer be able to ban oil and gas companies from drilling inside municipal limits under a bill lawmakers sent to Governor Greg Abbott. Final passage of the legislation in the state Senate is a win for …

Property Claim Litigation Bill Passed by the Texas Senate

The Texas Senate on April 30 passed a bill aimed at stemming the onslaught of property claim litigation that has been occurring with increasing frequency in the state following natural catastrophes. Advocates of Senate Bill 1628 say it will help …

60K Auto Insurance Claims Expected from April Hailstorms in Texas

Multiple hailstorms in Texas over the second half of April are expected to result in at least 60,000 auto insurance claims, the Insurance Council of Texas reported. “Hail and windstorm claims are still coming in from almost every corner of …

El Amrani Awarded Matt Wells Producer School Scholarship

Kimberly El Amrani is the recipient of The Matt Wells Scholarship for The National Alliance Producer School on May 13-15 in Tallahassee, Fla. El Amrani is the principal owner/agent with Prime Insurance Group LLC, in Henrico, Va. Selected for her …

Tollenaere Joins Roach Howard Smith & Barton in Texas

Joanna M. Tollenaere joins Texas-based independent insurance brokerage firm Roach Howard Smith & Barton as a commercial sales executive. She will focus on developing new client relationships and strategic partnerships with companies in both the public and private sectors. Tollenaere …