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Oklahoma Attorney General Assembles Team of Lawyers over Marijuana Rules

Oklahoma’s attorney general says he’s assigning a team of lawyers to advise him on matters surrounding the Board of Health’s decision to insert last-minute restrictions on the state’s new medical marijuana industry. Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his intentions in …

SCM Acquires Affirmative Risk Management in Arkansas

SCM Insurance Services has acquired Affirmative Risk Management in Little Rock, Arkansas. ARM will continue to be led by David Elliott, its president. Elliott will report to Scott Goodreau, chief operating officer of USA SCM Insurance Services. ARM provides adjusting …

Oklahoma City Spending to Improve Traffic Issues, Prepping for Self-Driving Cars

A city in central Oklahoma is spending millions of dollars preparing for self-driving cars while working to alleviate traffic problems. Edmond Traffic Engineer Tom Minnick told The Oklahoman that the city is laying down infrastructure for autonomous vehicles. The $5 …

Baylor in Texas Settles Suit with Woman Who Accused Players of Rape

Baylor University has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit brought by a former volleyball player who alleged that she was drugged and gang raped by at least four football players in 2012. Terms of last week’s settlement with the woman, …

New Orleans Won’t Have to Return $2B in Hurricane Katrina Grants

Congressman Cedric Richmond says New Orleans can keep $2 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants approved to fix sewers and water pipes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A Department of Homeland Security audit last July said FEMA should take back …

Southwest Louisiana Considering Bike-Sharing Programs

Southwest Louisiana officials are looking at bike-sharing. Bike-sharing programs use computers and GPS to track bicycles, rented through a smartphone app by the hour or half-hour. Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parish are investigating whether to start such programs. New …

Conservative States Like Oklahoma Balk at Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana

Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana. Oklahoma’s proponents had even included a two-month deadline for the implementation …

Texas Mutual Announces 2 Workers’ Comp Fraud Convictions

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. recently announced that Marcos Ricoy of Harlingen, Texas and Enrique Colon of Deer Park, Texas, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity involving workers’ compensation healthcare fraud. The convictions are …

Wrongly Named Suspect in Texas Police Shooting Files Lawsuit

A man wrongly identified by Dallas, Texas police as a suspect in the 2016 fatal shooting of five officers has sued the city and its police department. The federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges Dallas police detained Mark Hughes and his …

Alliant Acquires CLS Partners in Texas

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired CLS Partners in Austin, Texas. Clint Scott, CEO of CLS PartnerS, along with the CLS Partners management team and staff, will join Alliant and continue to service clients from offices in Austin and Dallas. …

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