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Counts Reduced Against Lawyer in BP Oil Spill Fraud Case

A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010. Online court …

2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Costs Total $61.6B

Oil giant BP PLC has put a final price tag on what its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost the company, and it’s a hefty sum: $61.6 billion. The company issued the estimate Thursday, the first time it has …

NTSB: Train Didn’t Heed Stop Signal in Deadly Texas Wreck

A train failed to heed a stop signal before it barreled head-on into another freight train last month in the Texas Panhandle, killing three, according to a preliminary federal report released Thursday. An eastbound BNSF Railway train failed to slow …

Judge Keeps Louisiana City-Parish in Suit Over Sewer Hole Drowning

A state judge has refused to dismiss the city-parish from a lawsuit by the mother of a 4-year-old Baton Rouge, La., boy who drowned in an abandoned sewer hole near his home in 2014. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish government …

CoreLogic: Texas Spring Hail Storm Losses Total Almost $700M

According to new data released by CoreLogic, the 2016 hail season is already one of the most severe in Texas history, with year-to-date results reaching the nine-year average for U.S. hail storm damage. Estimated losses in Fort Worth, Plano, Wylie …

Killer Robot Used by Dallas Police Sparks Ethical Debate

When Dallas, Texas, police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology’s use as a crime-fighting weapon. In what appears to be an unprecedented tactic, police rigged a bomb-disposal robot to …

Privatization of Louisiana Self-Insurance Program Saved $10M

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana’s self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected, according to an audit released Monday. The Jindal administration privatized the Office of Risk Management work …

Is a Foreign Exchange Student a ‘Ward’ for Purposes of UM/UIM and Medical Payments Coverage?

Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage typically involves three classes of insureds. The named insured, including residents of the household, typically qualify for Class I insured status. Class I insured status is a portable type coverage and is not dependent …

Louisiana Parish Warns of Isolation for Those Refusing Flood Buyouts

Rapides Parish, La., officials are warning a handful of holdouts in south Alexandria subdivisions that they could be isolated if they don’t accept federally-financed flood buyouts. Carrie Robinette, grant administrator for the Rapides Area Planning Commission, said officials have purchased …

Dallas Adopts Harsher Penalties After Loose Pitbulls Kill Woman

Dallas city leaders expressed outrage in the month after a homeless Army veteran was killed by roaming dogs, bitten more than 100 times as the animals tore one of her arms to the bone and ripped away most of her …

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