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Louisiana Bars Lose Appeal in Fight Against Forced COVID-19 Closures

Louisiana bar owners fighting coronavirus-related closures of their businesses lost an appeal at a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 upheld rulings from two lower court judges who last year refused to block …

Tug Hits, Damages Louisiana Railroad Bridge

A railroad bridge in Louisiana is back in place after reportedly being hit early on Jan. 13 by a tugboat, officials said. The swing bridge over the Rigolets near Slidell was reportedly hit by the tug Robert Cenac about 1 …

Hub Acquires Assets of Texas’ Commercial Insurance Brokers

Global insurance broker Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired the assets of Commercial Insurance Brokers Inc. (Commercial Insurance Brokers), based in El Paso, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Commercial Insurance Brokers is a locally owned, independent insurance …

Texas Oil/Gas Drilling Permits Down But Well Inspections on Track

The Texas state agency for regulating the oil and gas industry says it issued the number of original drilling permits issued in December 2020 was down nearly by half compared with December 2019. However, the Railroad Commission of Texas also …

FEMA Urges Hurricane Zeta Victims in Louisiana to File for Assistance

Louisianans who suffered damage from Hurricane Zeta in Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes should register for federal disaster assistance as soon as possible, FEMA says. The deadline to register for damage and losses suffered from Hurricane …

NTSB: Deadly Dallas Natural Gas Explosion ‘Could Have Been Prevented’

A natural gas explosion at a Dallas home that killed a 12-year-old girl came after an energy company failed to find a damaged line despite two nearby homes being destroyed in gas-related fires on the two previous days, federal officials …

FEMA: NW Arkansas Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Ready to View

FEMA has made available for review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for certain municipalities and unincorporated areas in northwest Arkansas. The maps cover Elm Springs, Elkins, Farmington, Fayetteville, Greenland, Johnson, Springdale, West Fork, Tontitown, Winslow, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Goshen; …

Hickman Joins AUI’s Brokerage Division, Energy Practice in Dallas

Appalachian Underwriters Inc. (AUI) has added Dustin Hickman to its brokerage department as a casualty broker in Dallas. Hickman joins the AUI organization as part of the Energy Practice Group, specializing in heavy casualty accounts including the oil and gas …

Army Corps Proposes $2B in Improvements South Louisiana Levees

A federal agency is proposing $2 billion in improvements to the levee system that protects against hurricane flooding along portions of seven parishes in south Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers planned virtual public meetings for Jan. 12 and 13 …

Texas Hospitality Sector Hardest Hit in Pandemic; State Has $1B Budget Hole

The coronavirus pandemic has created a nearly $1 billion deficit in the Texas state budget as the nation’s energy hub remains hampered by a slow recovery and a half-million fewer jobs than a year ago. The forecast by state officials …

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