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Ex-Tennessee Lawmaker Sues Trucking Company for $1.5M Over Accident Injuries

A former Tennessee lawmaker is suing an Illinois trucking company for injuries he received in a vehicle accident. The Kingsport Times News reports that former state Rep. Jason Mumpower, who is currently the Tennessee Comptroller chief of staff, filed a …

Economist: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact Will Guide Future Development in Houston

A Houston business group said on Dec. 8 that Hurricane Harvey’s biggest long-term impact on the nation’s fourth-largest city likely will be on where and how new homes and structures are built. The results of Harvey’s flooding will likely guide …

Bismarck, North Dakota, Levee Won’t Protect Some Homes from Flooding

A $4 million flood protection project in Bismarck set for next year will affect nearly two dozen properties that won’t be protected by the levee that’s being built. The Burleigh County Water Resource District’s project will damage driveways, sprinkler systems …

Vietnam Suffers Rare $1 Billion Natural Catastrophe Loss: Aon Benfield Report

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam during November as a Category 2 strength storm, bringing estimated economic damages of VND22.1 trillion (US$1.0 billion) – a rare billion-dollar event for the country, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development …

Bridges Tapped to Lead INSURICA’s Texas Region

Oklahoma City-based independent insurance agency, INSURICA, has named Mark Bridges to lead its Texas operations as regional president. Bridges is currently the president of INSURICA DFB Insurance Services Inc. (formerly DFB Insurance Group LLC) and is a third-generation insurance executive. …

Lockton Affinity Adds Cyber Coverage to Lawyers PL Program

Lockton Affinity Lawyer has added CyberLock Lawyer to its portfolio of products for lawyers and firms with one to 19 attorneys. The CyberLock Lawyer cyber risk insurance policy protects firms and attorneys from cyber risks, such as confidentiality and privacy …

Nebraska Corn Crop Diminished by Strong Winds in Late October

Several days of strong winds in late October arrived at the wrong time for many farmers who saw their crops shrink as ears of corn fell to the ground in Nebraska and western Iowa. The extent of the damage varied, …

Zurich Insurance to Acquire ANZ’s Life Businesses in Australia for US$2.14B

Zurich Insurance Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of ANZ’s life insurance businesses, OnePath Life, in Australia, for A$2.85 billion (US$2.14 billion). Both parties expect the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, …

Arkansas Farmers Get $466M in Payments for Crop Losses in 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Arkansas farmers received $466 million in federal “safety net” payments this year for their crop losses in 2016, third highest in the nation. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that this year’s payments are $100 million …

Wisconsin Attorney General: Apartment Building Sprinkler Rule Not Enforceable

Wisconsin regulators can’t enforce a rule requiring sprinklers in large apartment buildings, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel said on Dec. 8 in a victory for builders looking to save on costs. The state Department of Safety and Professional Standards adopted …

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