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Harvey-Arkema Lesson: Chemical Plants Must Plan for Natural Disasters

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Thursday urged chemical plants to weigh the risks of natural disasters just as they would the integrity of pipes and production equipment. “Such facilities should perform an analysis to determine their susceptibility to extreme …

INSURICA Acquires Zodrow & Neighbors in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Okla.-based INSURICA has acquired Zodrow & Neighbors Insurance LLC. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The deal, which will be effective on June 1, is INSURICA’s fifth acquisition this year. Owasso-based Zodrow & Neighbors will enhance INSURICA’s presence …

LWCC in Louisiana Declares 2017 Policyholder Dividend

The board of directors for LWCC, a provider of competitive workers’ compensation insurance to Louisiana employers, has declared a 2017 dividend of $81 million to its policyholders. The amount was distributed to policyholders in April and May, bringing the total …

Texas School Shooter’s Father Believes Son Was Bullied

A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a “victim” because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said. In a phone interview over …

San Antonio Among Numerous Texas Cities With Drought Water Use Restrictions

Some South Texas cities have started restricting water usage due to dropping Edwards Aquifer levels amid drought conditions. The Edwards Aquifer Authority this week announced Stage 1 pumping restrictions after the 10-day average level of an index well dropped below …

Texas Agency Disputing Claim That Trooper Sexually Assaulted Woman

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it disputes allegations that one of its state troopers sexually assaulted a woman while he was arresting her on suspicion of drunken driving. A lawyer representing the woman said Monday that the trooper …

TWFG in Texas Gets Capital Infusion for National Growth

The Woodlands Financial Group has completed the sale of a minority interest in its capital stock to RenaissanceRe Ventures U.S. LLC. The transaction will provide a capital infusion that Woodlands, Texas-based TWFG will direct toward expediting national growth. Terms of …

Houston’s Harvey-Damaged Courthouse to Reopen in Early June

Some floors of the Hurricane Harvey-damaged main criminal courthouse in downtown Houston will reopen next month as part of the $70 million repair project likely not finished until 2019. Harris County officials say the Criminal Justice Center on June 4 …

Weather Service: Possible Tornado Touched Down in North-Central Oklahoma

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says a possible tornado touched down in north-central Oklahoma. Meteorologist Joe Sellars says the potential twister was only on the ground briefly Saturday afternoon between the towns of Fairfax and Ralston, west of Pawhuska, …

Quakes Could Affect Oklahoma Infrastructure, Experts Say

Experts are looking at how Oklahoma’s seismic activity impacts critical infrastructure as frequent, low-level earthquake swarms continue to pop off throughout the state. The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma has experienced 80 earthquakes of 3.0 or greater magnitudes this year …

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