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Cost of Flood-Prone Home Buyouts in Missouri, Elsewhere: $5B and Rising
May 24, 2019
The residents of the small riverside town of Mosby, Missouri, have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and televi …

Oklahoma Senate OKs Workers’ Comp Reforms; Bill Goes to Governor
May 24, 2019
The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that makes changes to Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system that lawmakers say will preserve and strengthen reforms adopted in 2013. An increase in benefits paid to injured workers is included among the …

Mississippi River’s Morganza Floodway May Be Opened for Third Time Ever
May 23, 2019
A major barrier that keeps the Mississippi River in its current path may be opened for just the third time in its history, potentially flooding a large part of rural Louisiana. Concern is growing that heavy rains will cause the …

Gorst & Compass in California Names Mulford Senior Transportation Broker
May 23, 2019
Chatsworth, Calif.-based Gorst & Compass has named Kristi Mulford a senior transportation broker/underwriter. Mulford, who is based in San Marcos, has 18 years of commercial auto insurance experience. She was previously a broker with R.E. Chaix …

Congress Agrees on $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill with Flood Insurance Program Brief Extension
May 23, 2019
Lawmakers said that they agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster-aid bill after months of disagreement and that President Donald Trump said he will sign it. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby called the agreement a “good deal.” He added that he …

At Least 3 Dead in Central U.S. Storms
May 23, 2019
A flooded Oklahoma was deluged once again on Wednesday following days of severe weather that’s blamed for at least three deaths after also battering Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, “The biggest concern is more rain. I mean, there’s more rain in …

Texas Insurance Department: Continuing Ed Service for Agents, Adjusters Improved
May 23, 2019
A year ago, it took months for insurance agents and adjusters to get continuing education transcripts, course credit and other information from the Texas Department of Insurance. Today, it takes about two weeks, according to the state agency. The imp …

Texas Environmentalists Plan Pollution Lawsuit Against Valero
May 23, 2019
Three Texas environmental groups have notified Valero Energy Corp. of plans to file a lawsuit under the U.S. Clean Air Act for pollution at the company’s Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the organizations said. Environment Texas, the Sierra Club and the …

Attorneys Say Ohio State Must Reveal Who Knew About Abuse by Team Doctor
May 23, 2019
Administrators at Ohio State University should release the names of all coaches, trainers and personnel who knew of but failed to act on complaints about a now-dead team doctor who sexually abused male students for nearly two decades, said attorneys …

South Dakota Judge Sides With Liberty Mutual in Bad Faith Dispute
May 23, 2019
A federal judge in South Dakota has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a couple who had to tear down their Sioux Falls house after a long-running dispute with their neighbors. Judge Roberto Lange recently granted Liberty Mutual Insurance’s …

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