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Houston City Council Pulls Plug on Proposed Robot Brothel

A Canadian company’s plan to open a so-called robot brothel in Houston has been short circuited by city leaders. Houston’s City Council on this week updated one local ordinance to specifically ban individuals from having sex with an “anthropomorphic device,” …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraudster Sentenced for Double Dipping

A Travis County, Texas district court has sentenced Gary Hunt of Austin on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Hunt reported a job-related injury while working as a sales coach for Radiant Plumbing Service Inc., and claimed he was unable to work …

Conservative States Like Oklahoma Balk at Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana

Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana. Oklahoma’s proponents had even included a two-month deadline for the implementation …

Tropical Weather System Drenches South Texas, Flooding Reported

The entire Texas coastline has been drenched this week with heavy rains resulting in flooding in many areas with several cities reporting rainfall totals in excess of 12 inches. The Insurance Council of Texas is issuing a reminder that record …

U.S. Risk Announces Acquisition of L.A. Xcess Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Dallas, TX, March 2, 2018—U.S. Risk Insurance Group, LLC, the nation’s fifth largest Property and Casualty wholesaler, announced today that it has acquired L.A. Xcess Insurance Brokers, Inc., a Los Angeles, California based wholesale broker focused on the entertainment industry. …

Several Texas Businesses in Historic Denton Downtown Damaged in Fire

Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck a historic downtown square in North Texas. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have begun early Tuesday in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and …

Michelle Frymire Joins U.S. Risk, LLC as Chief Financial Officer

Dallas, TX, November 2, 2017— Michelle Frymire has joined U.S. Risk, LLC as Chief Financial Officer. Frymire will be responsible for Finance, M&A and Development, and Human Resources. Frymire brings to U.S. Risk more than 25 years of experience in …

U.S. Risk Announces Acquisition of B&H Risk Services, Inc.

Dallas, TX, August 21, 2017—U.S. Risk Insurance Group, LLC, the nation’s fifth largest Property and Casualty wholesaler, announced today that it has acquired B&H Risk Services, Inc., a Dallas, Texas based Managing General Agency and wholesale broker. Randall Goss, CEO …

Growing Number of Typhus Cases Being Found in Texas

Texas is seeing a growing number of cases of typhus, a disease that was thought to be almost eradicated in the U.S. Texas Department of State Health Services data show there were more than 360 typhus cases in the state …

Fracking-Related Water Problems Raise Issues in West Texas

A West Texas land baron and oilman is on the verge of pumping 5.4 million gallons of water a day from far under the desert mountains here and piping it 60 miles to the nation’s most bountiful oil field, the …