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Barge-Mounted Crane Hits Louisiana Bridge; Closing it for Months

A barge-mounted crane has slammed into a Louisiana bridge, shuttering a travel artery for what Louisiana officials say will be at least a few months. Operators for Marquette Transportation hit the Sunshine Bridge at Donaldsonville early Friday morning, The Advocate …

Texas Pilot Who Crashed Plane for Insurance Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme

A 33-year-old pilot, formerly of Kemah, Texas, was sentenced in early October to more than five years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $1 million in an insurance fraud-related case. Theodore Robert Wright III previously pleaded guilty on Dec. …

Hub Acquires Oklahoma Retirement Plan Consulting, Financial Services Firm

Hub International Investment Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, and a subsidiary of Chicago-based global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub), has acquired the Oklahoma-based retirement plan consulting and financial services business of Felix Jones, Jones Retirement. Terms of the transaction were …

Kimberly Fobbs, 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 …

West Texas Pipeline to Resume on Schedule After Spill, Company Says

Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Monday that a West Texas pipeline would resume operations on Saturday as planned after the pipeline spilled water with nontoxic green dye and residual crude oil near Abilene, Texas. The spill went into Button …

Health Officials Confirm Man Likely Got ‘Brain-Eating Amoeba’ at Texas Resort

A New Jersey man who died from a rare “brain-eating amoeba” was likely exposed to it during his visit to a Texas water resort last month, health officials said. The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said testing done by the …

Binion Joins RPS in Dallas

DesirĂ©e Binion has joined managing general agent and wholesale insurance broker, RPS, in the company’s Dallas office as an underwriter/broker. Binion will report to Rhonda Fomby, RPS area vice president and branch manager. Binion was previously with Markel Mid South …

Federal Report Criticizes Tactics Used in Fatal Texas Shopping Mall Blaze

A report by a federal agency says some of the tactics used by the San Antonio fire department to battle a shopping center blaze last year that killed one firefighter made conditions worse inside the structure. The San Antonio Express-News …

Study: Houston Needs $2B More in Federal Funds to Fix Harvey Housing Damage

An estimated 130,000 Houstonians affected by Harvey were overlooked in the city’s original housing needs assessment, according to the Houston Housing and Community Development Department. To fix the previously neglected damage, the city needs an extra $2 billion in federal …

Texas Governor Extends Time for Ruling on Windstorm Rate Increase Filing

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has effectively extended until June 16, 2019, the deadline for approval or disapproval of a recent rate increase filed by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. The governor did so by suspending a section of the Insurance …

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