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Victims of Repeated Flood Sue Houston, Allege Negligence

A citizen’s group and homeowners who have recently suffered repeat flood damage sued Houston in federal court Wednesday, alleging the city backed improvements at a commercial development they say were made without putting in adequate drainage. Residents Against Flooding and …

Advocacy Groups Want Stronger Texting Ban in Oklahoma

Just six months after Oklahoma’s ban on texting and driving went into effect, advocacy groups are calling for even broader measures to curb distracted driving. Oklahoma was among the last states to pass a texting and driving moratorium when the …

Sinking New Orleans Partly Due to Groundwater Extraction

Geologists have long known that New Orleans is slowly sinking – but now, scientists using radar technology say groundwater sucked up by industrial facilities such as a power plant, oil refineries and chemical complexes may be contributing to the problem …

More Intense Rains, Development Worsen Houston Floods

Floods are getting worse and more expensive in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, where entire neighborhoods are often overwhelmed shortly after a heavy rainstorm. Since 1998, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid more than $3 billion in today’s dollars …

Study Links Recent Texas Quakes to Oil Activity

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin concludes that human activity, particularly oil and gas production, has been a factor in earthquakes throughout the state for nearly 100 years. The study’s conclusions are in a …

Texas Bus Company in Rollover Crash Ordered to Sideline Buses in Past

The small South Texas bus company involved in a rollover crash that killed eight people and injured 44 others had twice been ordered by Louisiana state inspectors in 2015 to take one of its buses off the road to fix …

Barratry Class Action Filed Against Texas Hail Attorneys, Roofing Contractor

Thousands of Texas homeowners victimized by severe weather may also be victims of a wide-ranging conspiracy involving door-to-door solicitors, public insurance adjusters and attorneys, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in Dallas. The lawsuit claims that individuals, companies and law …

Louisiana Drivers With Lapsed Coverage Seek Relief From OMV Fines

State lawmakers hope to offer relief to thousands of Louisiana drivers who collectively owe millions of dollars to the Office of Motor Vehicles in unpaid fines from lapsed insurance coverage. It’s not clear yet what form that relief might take, …

Arson Blamed for Deadly Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast in 2013

A fire at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas, in April 2013 was intentionally set, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives said on Wednesday. A $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest …

Homeowner Insurers Limit Exposure as Quakes Soar in Oklahoma

As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma exploded into the hundreds in the last few years, nearly a dozen insurance companies moved to limit their exposure, often at the expense of homeowners, a Reuters examination has found. Nearly 3,000 pages …

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