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Stamper Appointed Managing Director of Risk Strategies in Florida

Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has appointed Scott Stamper as managing director to run day-to-day operations and help guide the growth of Atlass Insurance Group, the company’s recreational and commercial marine division. Stamper …

Georgia Considering Commercial Truck-Only Highway

Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only. It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director. WABE Radio reports …

Duke Energy, Environmentalists Clash Over 5-Year-Old Groundwater Cleanup Lawsuit

A North Carolina appeals court should keep alive a five-year-old lawsuit because it increases the pressure on Duke Energy Corp. to clean up groundwater contaminated by its coal ash pits, environmental lawyers argued Thursday. The Charlotte-based electricity utility admits coal …

State of Emergency Declared from Flooding in Kentucky County

Flooding brought on by heavy rains in parts of Kentucky have prompted a state of emergency in at least one southeastern county. Media outlets report an emergency declaration was issued for widespread flooding in Harlan County on Saturday night. No …

Study: Black Lung Cases Among Appalachian Coal Miners On the Rise

A new research letter published in a medical journal details hundreds of cases of black lung disease in the Central Appalachian coalfields. Three clinics in southwestern Virginia identified 416 coal miners with the disease from January 2013 to February 2017, …

Mickletz to Lead Everest Insurance Excess Casualty Division in the Southeast

Jeff Mickletz has joined Everest Insurance as director and senior underwriter within the Excess Casualty division of Everest Specialty Casualty. He will be handling the Southeast territory of the United States. According to Debbie Weiser, head of Excess Casualty, Mickletz …

10 Years Later: The Aftermath of Georgia Imperial Sugar Explosion That Killed 14

Broken equipment inside a steel conveyor belt sparked the first explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth on a mild winter night 10 years ago. The initial blast rocked the building, jolting more dust into the air. And …

North Carolina Museum Reports Theft of $10K Emerald  

A $10,000 emerald has been reported missing from a North Carolina science museum, more than three weeks after it was last seen. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that a representative from the Asheville Museum of Science reported the theft Jan. 24, …

Arson Arrest Made For Fire At Mississippi Delta Community College

A joint investigation between the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) Police Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sunflower County Emergency Management has resulted in the arrest of an individual for …

Wife of Conductor Killed in Deadly S.C. Train Crash Sues Rail Companies for Negligence

The wife of a conductor killed in the crash of an Amtrak train with a parked freight train in South Carolina earlier this month filed suit Thursday against Amtrak and the other rail company, saying they were to blame for …

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