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Arkansas Insurance Department Recovers $1.1M for Consumers in Q1

The Arkansas Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Division (CSD) recovered $1,126,107 for Arkansas insurance customers during the first quarter of 2018, the agency announced. Recoveries are dollar amounts recovered for Arkansas consumers by CSD in excess of the amounts initially offered …

2 Killed in Oklahoma Wildfires, Threat Continues

Wildfires have killed two people and burned more than 400,000 acres in western Oklahoma, and dry, windy weather already hindering firefighting efforts there will only get worse as the week progresses, fire and forestry officials said. Oklahoma Department of Emergency …

9 Tornadoes Confirmed in Arkansas from Weekend Storms

Survey teams with the National Weather Service have confirmed nine tornadoes so far from the severe storms that hit Arkansas on Friday and Saturday. The two strongest tornadoes were both rated EF2. One hit Mountainburg in northwest Arkansas while the …

IICF Southeast Division Awards $473K in Grants to Nonprofits in Texas, Region

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Southeast Division has awarded $473,000 in community grants to 24 nonprofit organizations that champion the causes of children at risk, education and military veterans. Representatives of these nonprofits received their grant checks from members …

Senefsky Joins IIAT as E&O Sales Executive

The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) has added Cari Senefsky as E&O sales executive. Senefsky has more than a decade of insurance sales experience and success, with five of those years dedicated to Independent Insurance Agents E&O coverage development …

Study: Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Brought Jobs, $3.5B Impact

Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program has helped create or support nearly 19,200 jobs across the state and $178 million in state and local taxes, according to a new economic analysis. The three LSU professors hired by the state health department to …

4 Injured as Twister Roars Through Northwest Arkansas Town

A tornado ripped through a tiny town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas on Friday, injuring at least four people. The twister struck Mountainburg, Arkansas, around 4 p.m. Friday as a line of severe thunderstorms rumbled across eastern Oklahoma …

Dozens of Wildfires Burn Hundreds of Square Miles in Oklahoma, Texas

Strong winds are fueling more than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas. Authorities say one blaze in western Oklahoma is estimated to be nearly 40 miles across at its widest point. Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker says …

Accused of $211K Insurance Fraud, Arkansas Suspect Surrenders

An Arkansas insurance firm owner has surrendered to authorities on warrants in Pulaski County for felony insurance fraud, theft and forgery, the Arkansas Insurance Department announced. Joshua Eric Casada, owner of the Little Rock-based Casada Insurance Group, surrendered following an …

Texas County to Urge Flood Insurance Purchase via Billboards

Houston-area officials are planning a campaign to put up two dozen billboards encouraging residents to buy flood insurance after Hurricane Harvey. The Harris County Flood Control District estimates more than 80 percent of the county’s 1.4 million buildings lacked flood …

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