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Haag Engineering Names Kestner President and CEO

Haag Engineering Company’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Justin Kestner as its new President/CEO last month. Kestner is a senior engineer and served as the senior vice president of Haag in charge of engineering operations in his most recent role, …

Louisiana Senate Votes to Void Oil and Gas Suit

The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage. The bill by Sen. …

NWS Confirms First Arkansas Tornado of 2014

The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas’ first tornado of 2014. Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down …

Texas Windstorm Insurer Opens 24-Hour Claims Call Center

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast, reported it has established a Claims Call Center that is open 24 hours, seven days a week. TWIA is encouraging its agents …

Oklahoma Congressman’s Weather Forecasting Bill Passed by U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives in early April passed a bill sponsored by an Oklahoma congressman that would enable development of technology for improving weather forecasting and predicting. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma’s 1st District said HR 2413, the Weather …

West Anniversary Prompts Call for Safety Changes

The state fire marshal wants 46 facilities that store ammonium nitrate in Texas to make safety improvements following the deadly West fertilizer plant explosion last year. State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy on Monday proposed new building requirements ahead of this …

BancorpSouth to Acquire Knox

BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, has agreed to acquire the assets of Lafayette, La.-based Knox Insurance Group LLC. Financial terms of the pending transaction were not disclosed. BancorpSouth officials say in a news release with the …

Louisiana House Fire That Caused $15,000 Damage Deliberately Set

A fire at a home in Baton Rouge, La., caused $15,000 in damage and was determined to have been deliberately set. Curt Monte, of the Baton Rouge Fire Department, tells The Advocate that firefighters arrived on the scene at 2:01 …

Texas Employer Indicted for Premium Fraud

A Travis County grand jury indicted G&M Construction and Glenda Gail Miller Howell on workers’ compensation fraud-related charges, according to Texas Mutual Insurance Company. G&M Construction was a road repair contractor that performed crack seal operations and sign erection for …

New Pavement Treatment May Help Arkansas Reduce Wet-Weather Crashes

About two dozen highways in Arkansas are set to receive a new pavement treatment that’s aimed at reducing crashes during wet weather. The pavement treatment is now used on some Arkansas interstates and is being expanded to other roadways in …

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