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With Central, South Texas Awash in Water Governor Issues Disaster Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a State Disaster Declaration for 18 Texas counties impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that has caused widespread property damage and threatened loss of life. The governor’s declaration comes as rain continues to …

Nearly $2M Spent on Arkansas ‘Tort Reform’ Measure, But Court Blocks It

Arkansas’ high court has ordered election officials to not count votes for a proposal to limit damages awarded in civil lawsuits that, together, proponents and opponents have spent nearly $2 million on campaigns for and against the measure. The court …

Louisiana Company Recalling 15 Tons of Packaged Restaurant Fare

A Louisiana company is recalling 15 tons of packaged ready-to-eat chicken and pork products produced since January 2017 for five restaurants or chains in Louisiana and Texas. A La Carte Foods of Belle Rose made the six products with sausage …

NTSB: Texas Driver’s Drug Use Led to Deadly Church Bus Crash

A motorist’s use of marijuana and a sedative led to a collision with a church bus that killed 13 people on the bus, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released on Oct. 16. According to the report, …

Louisiana Citizens’ Commercial Insurance Policy Rates to Drop Next Year

A rate decrease request for commercial property policies filed by Louisiana’s property insurer of last resort has been approved by the state’s insurance commissioner. Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon has approved Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s recent request to lower …

Texas Windstorm Insurer’s Request to Hike Liability Limits Denied

Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan has declined to approve the request by the state’s property insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast to increase maximum limits of liability for certain types of property. The Texas …

Glen Mulready, Candidate for Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Election 2018 The office of the insurance commissioner in Oklahoma is an elected position. The current commissioner, John D. Doak, is term limited and cannot run again; his successor will be determined in the general election that …

Floodwaters in Central Texas Destroy Bridge, Force Evacuations

Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun …

Texas DOT Report: Crashed Oklahoma School Bus Was Traveling Too Fast

An Oklahoma school bus that hydroplaned on a wet road and crashed in Central Texas last month, injuring nearly everyone on board, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the conditions, according to a Texas Department of Transportation report. The …

Louisiana Contractor Awarded $62M in Fertilizer Plant Lawsuit

A federal jury has awarded a Louisiana mechanical contractor hired to help build a fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa $62.4 million after concluding the fertilizer plant’s general contractor defaulted on a contract. Court documents show the jury found Orascom E&C …

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