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Arkansas Panel OKs Restrictions on Dicamba Herbicide Use

An Arkansas panel has given initial approval to allowing restricted use of an herbicide that was banned following complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused damage. The Arkansas Plant Board last week approved new restrictions for the use of …

ProAg Adds Borner, Piechowski, Schaefers to Leadership Team

Amarillo, Texas-based Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies, has hired Scott Schaefers as senior vice president of Marketing and Innovation, Becky Piechowski as senior vice president of Operations and Benji …

Dallas’ RiskPro Global Partners Acquired by Risk Strategies

Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has acquired RiskPro Global Partners, a full-service property/casualty and employee benefits firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017 by long …

Arkansas Jury Awards Woman $3M in Suit over Escalator-Mangled Toe

Jurors have awarded a New York medical student $3 million after she suffered a gruesome toe injury while riding an escalator at an Arkansas mall. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a Pulaski County jury has ruled that 27-year-old Aisha Siddiqui …

WCRI: Texas Workers’ Comp Medical Costs Per Claim Decreased Since 2014

Medical payments per workers’ compensation claim in Texas decreased from 2014 to 2016 for claims with more than seven days of lost time, evaluated as of 2017, according to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). This …

Texas Water Board: Cost to Curb Flooding over 10 Years — $31.5B

The cost to curtail damaging flooding across Texas over the next 10 years is more than $31.5 billion and state officials are urging lawmakers to adopt legislation meant to end a cycle of “repairing and rebuilding,” according to a series …

Arkansas, Oklahoma Still Recovering From Last Week’s Tornadoes

Oklahoma and Arkansas continue recovery efforts following a series of tornadoes that ripped through the region last week. An EF2 tornado in Oklahoma’s Lake Tenkiller area destroyed homes, boat docks and buildings. State officials, local authorities and residents have been …

Brown & Brown Acquires Texas’ Dealer Associates Inc.

Brown & Brown of Kentucky Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown Inc., has acquired substantially all assets of Arlington, Texas-based Dealer Associates Inc. (DAI), the company reported. Since 1990, DAI has provided a broad range of finance and insurance …

Texas DWC: Firefighters’ Cancer-Related Workers’ Comp Claims — and Denials — an Emerging Issue

How to process cancer-related workers’ compensation claims filed by firefighters’ and emergency medical technicians’ (EMTs) is developing into an emerging issue, Texas workers’ compensation system regulators point out in a report to the Legislature about the status of the workers’ …

Texas Mulling Restrictions on Wastewater in Oil Country as Quakes Increase

Texas is considering new restrictions on how shale explorers dispose of wastewater from oil drilling as earthquakes rattle the largest oil-producing American state. The new rules would target how much and at what pressure briny water that emerges from oil …

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