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School System in North Carolina County Lawsuit Accused of Neglect, Discrimination in Suit

A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina school system and its board of education says an elementary school in need of repairs was discriminated against because of race. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Monday against the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County …

SECURA Insurance Adds Switzer as Market Manager in Kentucky

Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has added Lisa Switzer as market manager for Kentucky. Switzer brings 28 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role with a diverse mix of commercial, personal, and specialty lines roles. She was …

Worker Dies After Falling Into Vat of Oil Near Disney World

Authorities say a worker has died after falling into a vat of oil at a facility near Walt Disney World. Lt. Emanuel Curry of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the Orlando Sentinel the 61-year-old man slipped and fell into …

Ex-Alabama Police Officer Sentenced to 10 Years for Insurance Fraud, Theft

A former police officer in Alabama who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and burglary has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Montgomery Advertiser reports 51-year-old Leon Todd Townson was sentenced Aug. 13. The former U.S. Marine is one …

Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Privacy Suit Against Google to Move Forward

Mississippi’s Supreme Court says a state lawsuit against Google alleging violations of student privacy should stay in a northeast Mississippi court. The court voted 6-2 Aug. 9 to deny an appeal by the unit of California-based Alphabet Inc. Google wanted …

South Carolina City Settles Suit Over High-Speed Chase Death for $1M

An upstate South Carolina city will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit involving a bystander who died when hit by a wrong-way driver pursued by police. The Greenville News reports a municipal insurance fund will pay $750,000 to an …

New Florida Insurtech Agency HoneyQuote Looks to Shake-Up Agency Model

A new insurtech agency has entered the Florida homeowners market space with a rating engine offering quotes from multiple domestic carriers and the ability to purchase coverage in one transaction. HoneyQuote.com, launching next month, was created by Franklyn Taveras and …

Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Toxic Algae Bloom on Florida Coast

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in response to the impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The Executive Order 18-221 will provide significant state funding to local governments …

Alera Group Acquires Barnes Insurance & Financial Services of Florida

Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Barnes Insurance & Financial Services (BIAFS) of Florida. BIAFS is a benefits agency with two locations in northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, this …

Opioids Blamed for 11.5% Spike in Kentucky Overdose Deaths Last Year

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are increasing despite a drop in opioid prescriptions and heroin use. A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. That’s an 11.5 percent …

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