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Louisiana Business, Industry Group Names LUBA Workers’ Comp Company of the Year

LUBA Workers’ Comp, a regional casualty insurance company, was named Company of the Year in the 100 employees or less category of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s 2017 Free Enterprise Awards. The awards recognize companies with an unparalleled …

Rate Increases Approved for Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association

Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan has approved changes in the rates for private passenger and commercial automobile insurance provided through the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association (TAIPA), which is the state’s assigned risk plan. The changes, which are effective March …

Texas Weather Forensics Company Unveils Hail Intensity Assessment Product

Plano, Texas-based weather forensics company, Dynamic Weather Solutions (DWS) dba HailStrike, announced the launch of a product that indicates the intensity of hail within an area of a storm. The value of this specified information is that it accurately quantifies …

Testimony: Former Oklahoma Seismologist Felt Pressured not to Link Quakes, Oil and Gas

Oklahoma’s former lead seismologist says he felt pressured by an official at the University of Oklahoma to not link the state’s surge in earthquakes to oil and gas production. The Tulsa World reports that Austin Holland’s sworn testimony came in …

Louisiana Parishes Have Been Designated Disaster Areas Due to Harvey

The federal government has designated several Louisiana parishes disaster areas due to damages caused by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency recently gave Cameron, Grant, Natchitoches and …

Sprowls Elected President of Texas Surplus Lines Association

Garrett Sprowls, general counsel and managing broker of Austin-based Professional Lines Underwriting Specialists Inc. (PLUS Inc.), has been elected president of the Texas Surplus Lines Association Inc. (TSLA). Other newly elected TSLA officers and directors include: Vice President Matt Leicht, …

Texas Division of Workers’ Comp: Employees Stepped Up to Help After Hurricane

When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area two months ago, Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation employees around the state responded rapidly. DWC increased staffing on the customer service line, created a resources web page, and reminded insurance …

Austin American-Statesman: Texas Has 100s of Substandard Dams in Populated Areas

The earthen dam on the outskirts of Georgetown in Texas’ Williamson County certainly does not look flimsy. The Austin American-Statesman reports at 35 feet high and nearly a third of a mile long, it has done a reliable job of …

Fewer Opioids Prescribed in Louisiana Following Medicaid Expansion

New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016, the Louisiana governor’s office reported. According to the Board of Pharmacy which …

Insurance Council of Texas Scholarships Top $1 Million Mark

On November 15, the Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) Education Foundation will join the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton to celebrate the Education Foundation’s surpassing $1 million dollars in scholarships and education funding given to support insurance education …

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