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In SW Florida, High Home Insurance Rates Are Driving Away Would-Be Buyers

(Bloomberg) — Florida’s southwestern coast — long one of America’s fastest-growing regions — is losing some of its boomtown swagger as a home-insurance crisis and other soaring costs make homes unaffordable. Homeowners from Sarasota south to Naples, known for its …

US Seizes 747 Cargo Plane that Iran Sold to Venezuelan Firm, Plans to ‘Dispose’ of it

(AP) — The U.S. government has seized a Boeing 747 cargo plane that officials say was previously sold by a sanctioned Iranian airline to a state-owned Venezuelan firm in violation of American export control laws. The Justice Department said Monday …

Kentucky Attorney General Sues Kroger, Alleging Role in Opioid Crisis

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman filed a lawsuit Monday against one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, claiming its pharmacies helped fuel the state’s deadly opioid addiction crisis. The lawsuit against the Kroger Co. says its …

South Carolina House Endorses Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill

The South Carolina House of Representatives has approved a framework for paid family leave insurance in the state, sending House Bill 4832 to the Senate. By a vote of 110-0, the House last week passed the bill that would allow …

Furman University, Family Mourning After Collapse, Death of Football Player

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Furman University defensive tackle Bryce Stanfield died Friday, two days after collapsing during a workout at the school’s football stadium. Furman President Elizabeth Davis said in a letter to the university community that the 21-year-old Stanfield …

Georgia Moves Toward Permit for Mineral Mine Near Okefenokee Swamp

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company’s plan to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge neared final approval Friday as Georgia regulators released draft permits for the project, which opponents say could …

Castle Key’s 54% Condo Rate Hike Gets Hearing, Showing New Pressures in Florida

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation next week will hold hearings on two property insurers’ requests for 54% average rate increases, one of which has already affected more than 105,000 condominium unit owners. Castle Key Indemnity Co., one of Allstate …

Captive Insurance Expert Pleads Guilty to Aiding Solar Ponzi Scheme Leaders

Remember the Carpoffs, the California couple sent to prison in 2021 and 2022 for running a $1 billion Ponzi scheme tied to mobile solar generators? The scheme that reportedly ensnared Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and the Progressive insurance corporation? A …

No Insurance on 200-foot Tower Stolen from Alabama Town’s Radio Station

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — The theft of a giant radio tower has silenced what used to be the voice of a small Alabama town and the surrounding county, the radio station’s general manager said. A thief or thieves made off …

Two Dead After Plane Crash on Florida Interstate

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A pilot and co-pilot were identified as the two killed in a fiery plane crash on a Florida highway, law enforcement officials said. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office identified Edward Daniel Murphy, a 50-year-old pilot and …

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