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Moore Marks 2 Years Since Tornado With Stronger Building Codes, More Storm Shelters

Two years ago today, an EF 5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, 4.4 miles west of Newcastle. The powerful twister, with wind speeds reaching 210 miles per hour, cleared a path of destruction stretching fourteen miles while on the …

Gilliland Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission

Gov. Mary Fallin has named Bob Gilliland of Oklahoma City as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Gilliland was appointed in 2013 as one of the three initial members on the commission. He takes over as chairman on June …

Recovery Continues a Year After Texas Panhandle Wildfire

Bit by bit, new residences and mobile homes have sprung up around Lake Meredith a year after a massive wind-whipped wildfire destroyed 225 homes and dozens of smaller buildings around the Texas lake. The Amarillo Globe-News reports that but here …

Texas Dram Shop Bill Requires Bars Buy Liquor Liability Insurance

A recently proposed state bill from Democratic Rep. Chris Turner is aimed at making sure all Texas bars and restaurants that derive the majority of their revenue from alcohol sales have liquor liability insurance. The refiled “dram shop” liability bill, …

Oklahoma Coalition Demands Well Moratorium in Quake Areas

A coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations is calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes. Members of the coalition traveled to the …

At Least 20 Injured, Several Homes Destroyed After Texas Storm

About two dozen people were injured and some homes destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van in northeast Texas, an emergency management official said. The storm that the National Weather Service said likely produced a tornado …

No Settlement Despite Ruling in 2005 Katrina Flood Lawsuit

Attorneys for the U.S. government and some New Orleans area property owners met behind closed doors with a judge Wednesday to discuss possible damages arising from a ruling last week that a federally built navigation channel contributed to flood damage …

Louisiana Police Arrest 34 for Insurance Fraud

Louisiana State Police say a two month investigation into insurance fraud and auto theft led to the arrest of 34 people across the state. Troopers say in news release its Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft unit investigated staged crashes, fraudulent …

Judge Rules Federal Government Liable for Some Katrina Flooding

Ruling in a nearly decade-old lawsuit, a judge in Washington said Friday that the federal government is responsible for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms – flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel. Judge …

Trinity Shareholders Sue Over Guardrail Disclosures

Trinity Industries Inc. was sued by shareholders alleging the company failed to disclose it made changes to its guardrail safety system without government review. At least two lawsuits were filed in federal court in Dallas accusing the company of making …

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