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Denton, Texas, Rejects Partial Fracking Ban

The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community. Denton …

CPro Associates Spin-Off Concentrating on Commercial Insurance Business

Dallas-based CPro Associates has spun off its binding authority and programs unit as a new company, B&H Risk Services Inc., headed by William E. Buckley. Buckley joined CPro in late 2013 to form and develop the new business unit. B&H focuses …

7 More Small Earthquakes Shake Central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey on July 13 recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours. The temblors are part of an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that some scientists say could …

Austin-Based Service Lloyds Insurance Co. Promotes Collier, Kearbey

Austin, Texas-based Service Lloyds Insurance Co. announced changes to its management team. G. Steven Collier has been named vice president of underwriting. Collier is a senior-level executive with over 34 years of success in all facets of insurance and risk …

Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

Texas-Based Insurance Agency Aggregator, CAA, Grew by 21% in 2013

Austin, Texas-based Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) announced that through organic and membership growth the insurance agency aggregator grew by 21 percent in 2013. CAA wrote more than $707.8 million in property/casualty premium in 2013, compared to $566.7 million …

Texas Oil and Gas Regulator Asks City not to Ban Fracking

The head of the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas is asking officials of Denton in North Texas to withhold support from a grass-roots petition advocating a ban on hydraulic fracturing within the city limits. The …

USG Insurance Services Adds O’Bier in Arlington, Texas Office

USG Insurance Services Inc., a national wholesaler and MGA, has added Stephanie O’Bier as an associate producer/broker in its Arlington, Texas, office. O’Bier most recently held the position of senior underwriter at Macchia General Agency. Past positions include junior underwriter …

TWFG Top 2014 Branches, Agents Honored

Texas-based The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG) honored the top branch offices and agents from across the network of more than 300 insurance agencies affiliated under the TWFG Insurance Services umbrella with awards. The Personal Lines Agent of the Year recognition …

Central Texas Home an Example of the Benefits of Building Stronger

A home in Burnet County, Texas, that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado last month, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. The National Weather System reported that the EF-2 tornado that hit the Texas …