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South Carolina High School Coach Files Whistleblower Suit Over Firing

A basketball coach is suing a South Carolina school district, saying he was fired because he blew the whistle on issues such as grade-changing and covering up sexual harassment. The Morning News of Florence reports Andre Weathers is suing the …

West Virginia Settles With Pharmacy Accused of Providing 10M Painkillers

A pharmacy accused of dispensing millions of prescription pain pills in West Virginia has agreed to a $550,000 settlement with the state. In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the settlement of a lawsuit involving Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy …

State of Emergency Declared for 2 North Carolina Counties Hit by Tornado

Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency in two North Carolina counties which suffered major damage from a tornado. Cooper’s declaration Friday for Guilford and Rockingham counties means state government resources can help governments with recovery efforts. It …

AssuredPartners Acquires The Elan Group of Florida

AssuredPartners, Inc. has acquired The Elan Group of Tampa, Fla., an employee benefits firm specializing in the design, enrollment and service of employee benefits plans. The company’s staff of 21 will remain under the leadership of CEO Ross Hays and …

A.M. Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Florida-Based MedMal Direct Insurance

A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B- (Fair) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb-” from “bbb” of MedMal Direct Insurance Co., headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) …

Florida Lawyer Gets Prison for $23M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme

A Florida man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for his role in a $23 million auto insurance fraud involving chiropractors’ clinics. The SunSentinel reports 55-year-old Jason Dalley wept in court April 16 as a judge …

6 Students Injured in Florida School Bus, Semi Collision

A school bus and a semitractor-trailer collided in Florida, slightly injuring six high school students. News outlets report the bus was carrying about 18 students when it crashed Wednesday in Brooksville, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Tampa. The …

West Virginia Regulators Monitoring Collapsed Section of Dam

West Virginia regulators are monitoring a damaged dam in the northern part of the state that could potentially fail. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release a worker with the town of Lumberport notified authorities Wednesday …

Safeco Appoints Pooley as VP, General Manager of Southeast Region

Safeco Insurance has appointed Debra Pooley as vice president and vice president and general manager of the Southeast Region. Pooley replaces Carl Canales who has been named vice president and general manager for the Northeast Region. She is is based …

AssuredPartners in Florida Promotes Deal, Lowe

AssuredPartners, Inc. has announced two promotions at its company headquarters in Lake Mary, Fla. Steve Deal has been promoted to president of Eastern Regions, reporting to President and COO Tom Riley. Deal will work within the existing operational structure to …

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