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Causey Sworn in for Second Term as North Carolina Insurance Commissioner

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey took the oath of office for his second term as North Carolina’s Insurance Commissioner last week. Causey was sworn in Jan. 9 by North Carolina Chief Justice Paul Newby in a socially distanced ceremony …

UNC Chapel Hill Must Release Sexual Assault Discipline Records

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill of a lower court decision requiring it to release disciplinary records of students who violated the school’s sexual assault policies. The court issued …

21 Georgia Counties Approved for Federal Aid for Zeta Cleanup, Repair

Several north Georgia counties are getting federal aid to repair infrastructure and clean up damage from Hurricane Zeta in October. The storm, which made landfall in Louisiana, blew over trees in metro Atlanta and areas to the north, causing widespread …

Constellation Affiliated Partners Acquires INSUREtrust; Haase to Retire

Constellation Affiliated Partners (Constellation) has acquired INSUREtrust, a specialty wholesale broker and MGA headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. INSUREtrust, founded by Steve Haase in 1997, is a specialty wholesale broker and managing general …

Despite Pandemic, North Carolina Traffic Deaths Climb to 1,500 in 2020

Traffic deaths in North Carolina last year surpassed 1,500 for the first time in 13 years despite a pandemic during which motorists logged fewer miles statewide, statistics show. N.C. Department of Transportation data shows the number of miles driven dropped …

2 W. Virginia Bus Drivers Who Attended Trump Rally Sue Over Suspension

Two West Virginia school bus drivers who were suspended for attending a rally for President Donald Trump in the nation’s capital have been cleared of wrongdoing following hearings, an attorney said Wednesday. Attorney John Bryan, who is representing the employees …

World Insurance Associates Acquires J.W. Edens & Company, Inc.

Insurance brokerage World Insurance Associates LLC (WIA) has acquired J.W. Edens & Co., Inc. (JWE) of Titusville, Fla. on Dec. 31, 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1997, J.W. Edens & Company is a retail insurance …

North Carolina Retaining Wall Collapse Injures Construction Workers, Kills 1

One person was killed and at least four people were injured after a retaining wall fell on construction workers in a North Carolina city, officials said Wednesday. The City of Hendersonville said in a news release that the accident occurred …

Florida’s Citizens Ends Moratorium on Cancellations, Nonrenewals

After extending the moratorium on cancellations and nonrenewals put into place at the start of the pandemic, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has announced it will resume processing these as of Feb. 1, 2021. The Florida insurer of last resort said …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Expands Homeowners Coverage Into Georgia, Utah

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies has added Georgia and Utah to the list of states where the insurer offers its homeowners product. With these additions, the company now offers its personal lines products in 22 states with plans for further …

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