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Florida CFO to Focus On Pandemic Business Liability Protections in 2021 Session

Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis said he will pursue legislation that establishes liability protections for businesses in the next legislative session slated to start in March 2021. The Florida Department of Financial Services said in a statement that Patronis is currently …

Retail Subsidiaries of BB&T Rebrand as McGriff, Maintain North Carolina Headquarters

McGriff Insurance Services, Inc., and McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., the retail insurance subsidiaries of BB&T Insurance Holdings, have rebranded their businesses to McGriff. The company said in a statement the rebranding is designed to simplify the firm’s overall identity …

Stay-At-Home Order Extended to June 1 in Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that he’s adding another week to his statewide “safer at home” order because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he’s also easing restrictions on water parks and other outdoor sports and leisure venues. The home …

North Carolina Tyson Foods Poultry Plant Reports 570 COVID-19 Cases

Meat producer Tyson Foods is reporting 570 cases of COVID-19 at a poultry processing complex in North Carolina. Tyson said in a news release that it tested more than 2,000 staff members and contractors who work at its facility in …

Mississippi Church Suing Over Virus Restrictions Burns Down; Arson Suspected

A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, …

DeBuys Joins Valent Group’s Employee Benefits Practice in Alabama

Valent Group, the risk consulting and insurance division of EBSCO Industries (EBSCO), has hired former attorney and business owner Billy DeBuys as vice president in its Employee Benefits practice. DeBuys comes to Valent Group after serving as a workers’ compensation …

Florida Unemployment System Hit by Data Breach

Some Florida residents who have made unemployment claims may have had personal data stolen, officials said Thursday. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has notified 98 people who were part of a data breach associated with unemployment claims, agency spokeswoman …

North Carolina Eases Business Restrictions, Allows Restaurants to Serve Indoors

Gov. Roy Cooper is letting North Carolina restaurants, barber shops and salons welcome patrons inside starting this holiday weekend, reporting on Wednesday that the state’s COVID-19 trends remain largely stable. But bars, gyms and other indoor entertainment venues will remain …

Chemours Won’t Face Federal Charges Over North Carolina GenX Contamination

Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a chemical company that for years discharged compounds with health risks that aren’t fully understood into a North Carolina river, the company disclosed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Natural …

2 Construction Workers Killed in Mississippi Trench Collapse

Rocks crushed two workers to death in a trench collapse at the site of town homes under construction in Mississippi. The workers were in the trench laying pipe for sewer lines when it collapsed Tuesday morning, Starkville Fire Chief Charles …

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