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Fireman Reported Trucker Was ‘Zombie’-Like After Fatal Bus Crash

Russell Staley stared out his broken windshield as darkness engulfed him and firefighters bearing chain saws cut through fallen trees to reach the passenger door of his tractor trailer. Staley had been heading north on Interstate 35 near Davis, Okla., …

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …

$13M in Tulane University Katrina Aid Questioned

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says federal emergency officials should recover nearly $13 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery aid awarded to Tulane University in Louisiana. The report also says Louisiana officials should review more than …

Ebola Victim’s Sister Says Dallas Hospital Won’t Release Lab Results

The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that …

Louisiana Oil Spill Will Not Reach Caddo Lake

Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrel oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, La. Officials said that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and …

Jury Finds TWIA Adequately Paid City for Ike Claims

Texas’ wind and hail insurer of last resort in coastal areas announced that a judgment has been entered in its favor in a lawsuit brought by League City in Southeast Texas. The judgment signed on Oct. 16, 2014, by Presiding …

Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute Doesn’t Substantively Modify Claims-Made Policy Notice Provisions

Typical claims-made insurance policies require claims to be both made and reported within the applicable policy period. Under this type of policy, the risk of a claim incurred but not made, as well as a claim made but not reported, …

Mullis Newby Hurst Expands With New San Antonio Office

Mullis Newby Hurst LP (MNH), a writer of construction insurance and surety bonds in the southwest, recently hired David Layman to expand to San Antonio, Texas. Layman has served as Head of Contract Surety Underwriting for NAS Surety the past …

$1.14M Grant to Aid Research on Wildfire Caused Mudslides and Rock Falls

An engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas has received $1.14 million in funding to develop a decision support system for assessing areas at risk for mudslides or rock falls caused by the effects of wildfires. The funding includes a …

3 Tornadoes Confirmed in Louisiana

The National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes struck Louisiana as a storm system moved across the state Monday. The most severe of the twisters, which stayed on the ground for nine miles, started at 11:16 a.m. west of the West …

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