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FBI: Lower Mississippi River Ports, South Louisiana Vulnerable to Cyber Threats

Giant cranes loading and unloading gargantuan barges. Oil tankers, supply vessels and pipelines serving a vital energy industry. Flood control structures. Chemical plants. Cruise ships. Drinking water sources. All computer-reliant and tied in some way to the internet. All of …

Questpro Adds Keck, Jones and Haaker in Dallas

Dallas-based insurance and risk management staffing agency, Questpro, has added several team members. Jason Keck has been hired as director, life insurance recruiting. Keck focuses on developing long term relationships with life/annuity insurance and life/annuity reinsurance companies. In this role …

Texas Insurance Department: Harvey Claims Reporting Deadline Approaching

As the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, the Texas Department of Insurance is reminding Texans that some insurance policies have a one-year deadline to file claims. Harvey made landfall August 25. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) claims must be reported …

Murphy Oil USA to Pay $100K to Settle Disability Discrimination, Retaliation Suit

Arkansas-based Murphy Oil USA Inc. will pay $100,000 to settle a workplace discrimination suit filed in Texas by federal officials. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Murphy Oil, which owns Murphy USA retail gasoline stores typically …

Firefighters With Cancer Often Denied Workers’ Comp in Texas

Many Texas cities are denying workers’ compensation to firefighters with cancer, according to union leaders and state lawmakers. Over the past six years, more than 90 percent of the 117 workers compensation claims filed by Texas firefighters with cancer have …

In Louisiana, Fewer Homeowners Than Expected Seek Flood Aid

Louisiana expects to spend $649 million on homeowner rebuilding aid after the 2016 floods, only about half the federal money Congress set aside for the effort. The Advocate reports 44 percent fewer households than anticipated are expected to access money …

Nearly Year After Harvey, Recovery Continues in South Texas Town

Armonie Brown in Refugio, Texas, pauses for a second when asked about Hurricane Harvey. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Brown saw friends and teammates lose their homes and all their belongings, while the school he went to was heavily damaged …

Journeay to Lead Austin Insurance Professionals for Coming Year

The Austin (Texas) Association of Insurance Professionals (AAIP) has elected Danny Journeay with Specialty Insurance Managers Inc. as president of the group for 2018/19. AAIP, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018, installed new officers and directors at an installation …

AmWINS Forms Sentinel Marine Underwriters with Houston Office

AmWINS Group Inc. (AmWINS) has formed a new managing general agency with a focus on marine risks, Sentinel Marine Underwriters (SMU). Executive vice presidents Mark Bernas and Keith Blair will lead SMU from Houston, Texas, and New York, N.Y., respectively. …

4 Oklahoma Counties Declared Disaster Areas Due to Drought

Gov. Mary Fallin’s office says four counties in northeastern Oklahoma have been designated disaster areas because of drought, making farmers and ranchers eligible for federal assistance. Fallin’s office said Friday that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue notified Fallin of …

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