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Fraud Scheme Leads to Prison for Former Oklahoma Insurance Firm Employee

The former employee of an insurance company faces two years in federal prison and more than $168,000 in restitution after being sentenced on a fraud conviction by U.S. district judge in Oklahoma City. Carla Jo Mires, of Oklahoma City, was …

Arkansas Governor-Elect Names Kerr as Next Insurance Commissioner

Arkansas Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson has announced that state Rep. Allen Kerr will be the new state insurance commissioner. Kerr has been a Farmers Insurance agent for more than 30 years and along with his wife owns the Allen Kerr Agency …

Levee Plan Upsets Louisiana Property Owners

A levee proposal by the North Lafourche Levee District is receiving flak from landowners who aren’t pleased with updated plans, causing the project to stall. A section of the Lockport to Larose levee project, south of Louisiana Highway 1 near …

Railroad to Double Train Speed Through Arkansas Town

Union Pacific Railroad says it will double the speed of its trains passing through Hope, Arkansas. The Texarkana Gazette reports the company will increase speeds from 30 mph to 60 mph. The speeds will be increased in 5 mph increments …

Technology Dominates Texas-Based Group’s Fraud Predictions for 2015

Technology will give fraudsters an edge in 2015, but it will also provide new tools for organizations and investigators, according to three experts from the Austin, Texas-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) who were asked for their top fraud …

Louisiana Considers Bypass Around Bayou Corne Sinkhole

State highway designers have settled on a preferred route for an emergency detour of Louisiana Highway 70 around the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole in Assumption Parish and will seek the public’s input on the proposal Wednesday evening. A new state analysis …

Louisiana Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates to Drop in 2015

Fewer workplace injuries and less severe ones will result in lower Louisiana worker’s compensation insurance rates in 2015, the second year in a row and the seventh time in 10 years that rates have fallen. The Department of Insurance reports …

Rare December Oklahoma Tornado Rated EF0

A small tornado that touched ground briefly near Arcadia was given a preliminary rating of EF0 by the National Weather Service in Norman on Monday. Weather service meteorologist Marc Austin said the tornado that touched down briefly shortly after 5 …

Louisiana Reopens Gulf Waters Affected by 2010 Oil Spill

Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer’s and Grand Terre islands, an area that’s been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened state waters …

San Antonio’s Ridesharing Rules Include Commercial Insurance Requirement

San Antonio has become the latest Texas city to approve rules for regulating ridesharing companies such as Lyft and Uber. The San Antonio City Council approved regulations that require commercial insurance, fingerprint background checks for drivers and inspections for vehicles. …

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