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Oil Industry Warns of Economic Costs if Moratorium on Wastewater Wells is Issued

Representatives of the oil and natural gas industry are warning of the potential economic costs in Oklahoma if a moratorium is issued on wastewater disposal wells that some suspect may be triggering earthquakes in the state. Last year, Oklahoma recorded …

Speed Caused 27% of Louisiana Traffic Deaths in 2013

A new report finds speeding was a factor in at least 27 percent of Louisiana traffic fatalities in 2013. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study says the state had 703 traffic fatalities two years ago and 193 stemmed in …

Red River Silt Cleanup Due to Flooding Likely to Cost $3.5M

An official says the Red River Waterway Commission may have to pay up to $3.5 million to clear silt deposited by this year’s floods. Operations and maintenance director Mike Boydstun tells The Times the commission usually spends about $200,000 a …

Former Arkansas College Student Wants $75K for Injury Sustained During Musical Chairs Game

A former student of a Malvern college wants the state to pay her $75,000 in damages after she said she broke two fingers during a classroom game of musical chairs. Robin Earnest of Saline County said she and two others …

GEICO Names Carthew Assistant Vice President in Katy, Texas

Tara Carthew has been named assistant vice president of GEICO’s claims regional center in Katy, Texas. Previously, Carthew served as branch manager for the operations center since it opened in 2014. Carthew started with GEICO in 2002 as a telephone …

Safety Drivers on Board Google Driverless Cars in Austin, Texas

Google Inc. has selected Texas as the latest testing site for its self-driving car project, the company announced Tuesday. A modified Lexus SUV has already been seen on Austin roads, with safety drivers on board, according to the Austin American-Statesman. …

Oklahoma Woman Blaming Fracking for Injury After Quake Can Sue

New Dominion LLC can be sued by an Oklahoma woman injured when her fireplace fell on her during an earthquake that she blames on disposal wells tied to fracking. Tuesday’s ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a lower-court decision …

Oklahoma Considers Tougher Drilling Rules After Spike in Quakes

A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.” From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes …

Louisiana Parish Sheriff Bucks Nationwide Body Camera Trend

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says he’s usually one to embrace cutting-edge technology, including drones and automatic license plate readers, but he’s skeptical about putting body cameras on his deputies. Normand said the cameras are expensive to use and flawed …

Insurers: Watch Out What Contracts You Reference In Your Insurance Policies

Taking a page from the Texas Supreme Court’s insurance coverage decision arising from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, on June 10, 2015 the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals read oilfield drilling contract limitations into insurance policies purchased to …

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