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Flood-Prone Louisiana Parish Homeowners May Get Aid

The Tangipahoa Parish Council has approved three resolutions that will give residents living in flood-prone areas an opportunity to share in nearly $1.5 million available to raise houses. The Advocate reports the funds come from three grants: $341,880 through FEMA’s …

Legislative Focus for Texas Windstorm Insurer: Funding, Depopulation

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, the state-created insurer that provides property coverage for wind and hail in 14 coastal counties and parts of Harris County, has submitted a report to the Legislature with recommendations to bolster TWIA’s operational efficiency, stabilize …

Oklahoma Senate Proposal Requires Drivers Convicted of DUIs to Hold Insurance

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation to address the state’s high number of uninsured motorists especially those with DUI convictions. Senate Bill 260 would require an individual convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to have valid auto insurance …

Texas Bill Would Modify ‘Claimant’ Definition in Medical Liability Cases

Texas state Rep. Chris Turner, House District 101- Grand Prairie, has filed a measure that would clarify the definition of “claimant” in respect to a healthcare liability claim. HB 956 stems from the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in the Texas …

Workplace Trust a Predictor of Comp Outcomes in Arkansas: WCRI

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers in Arkansas improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury …

Yogurt Founder Gets 5 Year Prison Term for Arson

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the business ablaze in a fit of anger over investors’ handling of the company. The Dallas Morning News reports a judge has sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz …

University of Arkansas Wins $538,000 Grant to Study Opioid Prescribing Methods

A pair of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will study how opioids are prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacists. The $538,781 grant by the National Insitute on Drug Abuse will cover three years’ of study …

Oklahoma Jazz Hall Exec Says Past Due Property Insurance Bills Paid

The executive director of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame said Thursday that the financially struggling organization had settled more than $14,000 in past-due insurance bills, but a county official said one of those payments – a check for more …

BP Calls Witnesses in Fight to Reduce Oil Spill Penalty

It was oil giant BP’s turn on Monday to call witnesses as it made its case for a civil penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the U.S. government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The second …

Residents Fear Police Shortage a Safety Risk During Mardi Gras

Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read “Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart) N.O.P.D. We Just Need More.” It’s an unsettling message about violent crime in the Big Easy for …

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