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Cindy Disrupts Business as States Warned of Catastrophic Flooding

Tropical Storm Cindy has halted service at a major oil terminal in the Gulf of Mexico, prompted some evacuations at rigs and platforms and put states from Texas to Florida on notice for life-threatening floods. Cindy was 200 miles (322 …

Study Finds Oil, Gas Drilling Causes Pollution, Quakes

A new study by a nonprofit science organization says oil and gas drilling in Texas is linked to pollution and earthquakes. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study found drilling for oil and gas in shale rock …

Latest Texas Storm Produced Grapefruit Size Hail

Wind gusts of up to 72 miles per hour and hail as large as grapefruit struck the Midland/Odessa area last Wednesday. Thousands of West Texans were waking up to damaged roofs and automobiles with shattered windshields. Insurance company catastrophe teams …

Oklahoma Schools Settle With Families of 7 Children Killed in 2013 Tornado

A suburban Oklahoma City public school system has reached an agreement with the families of seven children killed in a tornado, ending three years of litigation. The May 20, 2013, tornado leveled large portions of Moore, including Plaza Towers Elementary …

Texas Hail Attorney Indicted for Barratry and Fraud

An investigation into hailstorm claims fraud by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fraud Unit led to a Tarrant County grand jury indictment of Richard Kent Livesay, a lawyer who allegedly solicited business following major hailstorm events that occurred in …

Texas’ Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect September 1

Texting while driving will soon be illegal in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ban into law Tuesday, ending a decade-long effort by safety advocates to reduce potentially deadly driver distractions on the road. Texas will become one of the …

TWIA Says its Financially Sound for 2017 Hurricane Season

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) remains financially sound and ready for the 2017 hurricane season by once again securing $4.9 billion in total funding. With $4.9B in total funding secured, #TWIA is financially sound and ready for the 2017 …

Texas Coast on Alert Due to Rising Sea, Hurricane Threat

Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. The Houston Chronicle reports he was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961. He evacuated as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the coast in 2005, then rode out the devastating …

Army Issued Warning Before 9 Died in Fort Hood Floodwaters

An alert declaring all low-water crossings off-limits to vehicles was issued at Texas’ Fort Hood hours before a truck carrying 12 soldiers was knocked over by floodwaters last year, killing nine, according to a military report. The report reviewed by …

Bill to Curb Hailstorm Claims Litigation Headed to Texas Governor’s Desk

Legislation backed by the insurance industry and some Texas business groups that curtails the ability of policyholders to sue insurance companies over property claims following extreme weather events has passed the state Senate and is headed for the governor’s desk. …

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