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Texas DWC Claim Files go Digitial

Every month, TDI’s Division of Workers’ Compensation receives hundreds of requests for records of workers’ compensation claims that can date back to the 1960s. DWC first checks to make sure the person requesting the confidential records has a right to …

CoreLogic: 60,000 New Orleans Homes No Longer in High Risk Flood Zone

New data analysis released by CoreLogic indicates that in the Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city of New Orleans, nearly 60,000 homes with a reconstruction cost value of more than $12 billion will no longer be located in a designated …

Texas County Approves $1.8M Settlement in Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Suit

Leaders of a Texas county Wednesday approved a $1.8 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland, who died in jail days after being arrested last year. An overall $1.9 million settlement was disclosed …

Oklahoma Geoscience Center Receives Earthquake Sensor

With no signs earthquakes will stop rumbling in the state anytime soon, Oklahoma museums and schools are being targeted to participate in a nationwide citizen science project that tracks – or catches – seismic activity to learn more about quakes …

Blue Bell Supplier Denies Listeria in Product Before Going to Ice Cream Maker

A supplier of cookie dough that Blue Bell Creameries blamed for a possible listeria contamination of some of its ice cream said Thursday that its product tested negative for the pathogen before it was sent to the Texas-based company. Blue …

Hurricane Ike Damaged Roofs to Get Repaired 8 Years Later

Blue tarps that still cover hundreds of storm-damaged homes in Houston – including some houses battered by Hurricane Ike in 2008 – could finally be gone thanks to a new city program that’s promising to perform long-overdue roof repairs. In …

Louisiana Police Jury Files Claim, Hires Law Firm to Recover Stolen Money

The Rapides Parish Police Jury has hired a law firm to try to recover money they say was stolen from the District Attorney’s Office by an employee. The police jury, which is the governing authority for the parish, agreed on …

Louisiana Delegation, Governor Push for Federal Flood Aid

The Republican-dominated Louisiana congressional delegation on Monday swung behind a request by Gov. John Bel Edwards for emergency aid to help the state rebuild from last month’s disastrous flooding. The Pelican State lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to send Congress …

Oklahoma High Court Invalidates Workers’ Comp Rule

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Tuesday struck down the “opt out” provision of the state’s workers’ compensation law, ruling it is an unconstitutional special law that gives employers the authority to single out injured workers for inequitable treatment. In a 7-2 …

Louisiana Flood Plan Reveals Gaps Despite Katrina Lessons

Eleven years ago, Sam Barbera hooked up his boat and headed to New Orleans to ferry people from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. Four weeks ago, he found himself in another boat for rescues – this time at home in Baton Rouge, …

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