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Dallas Adopts Harsher Penalties After Loose Pitbulls Kill Woman

Dallas city leaders expressed outrage in the month after a homeless Army veteran was killed by roaming dogs, bitten more than 100 times as the animals tore one of her arms to the bone and ripped away most of her …

Consumer Advocates Urge Denial of Texas Homeowner Policy Arbitration Endorsement

A Texas insurance company has filed to offer an optional endorsement to its homowners insurance policy that would require mandatory arbitration in claims disputes in exchange for a premium discount, and the head of the Office of the Texas Public …

Fraud Coalition Urges Texas High Court to Let Insurers Prove Fraud

Allowing medical providers to hide false claims amid treatment for crash injuries will encourage scams and could discourage insurers from writing business in Texas, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud said in an amicus brief filed this week with the state …

Four Years Later, Louisiana Sinkhole Stable

A massive sinkhole that went viral in 2013 swallowing trees in Assumption Parish, La., and forced more than 300 residents from their homes has quieted down as officials slowly allow residents to come home. The sinkhole, located in Bayou Corne …

Houston Ship Channel Pilot Blamed in 2015 Collision

Federal safety experts say errors by a Houston Ship Channel pilot likely caused the 2015 collision between two 600-foot vessels that led to a chemical spill. The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that the National Transportation Safety Board has urged Houston …

Texas Governor Seeking Federal Disaster Declaration for 12 Counties

Gov. Greg Abbott asked for a federal disaster declaration Thursday for a dozen Texas counties inundated by flooding and other damage from recent storms, seeking money and low-interest loans so those places can rebuild. Abbott’s request to President Barack Obama …

Oklahoma Orders Change in Earthquake Insurance Rating

Oklahoma’s top insurance regulator has determined that there’s a definite lack of competition in the earthquake insurance market in Oklahoma and ordered insurers to┬áchange the way they file rates for the coverage in the state. Commissioner John D. Doak’s order …

Fort Hood Deaths Due to Flooding Prompt Training Questions

Nine Fort Hood soldiers who died when a rain-swollen creek swept their vehicle into rushing waters were in the right place for their intended training, according to the U.S. Army. Yet the tragedy is prompting multiple investigations into the circumstances …

Texas College Launches Flash Flood App

Stormy weather swept across much of Texas over this past week, and a new weather app is designed to help with flash flooding. University of Texas at Arlington associate professor D.J. Seo has launching the crowdsourcing app, iSeeFlood, that will …

BP Agrees to Pay $175M to Settle Claims It Hid Spill Size

BP Plc said it agreed to pay $175 million to settle claims by U.S. investors that its managers lied about the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to prop up its stock price, removing the company’s last …

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