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$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total …

Preliminary Flood Maps Available for Certain Texas Counties

Newly-released preliminary flood maps for Aransas and San Patricio counties in Texas will help residents and business owners to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County officials and FEMA are …

Oklahoma Man Who Drove Truck Into Lake Charged With Insurance Fraud

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed insurance fraud charges against Brian Troutman for falsely submitting a claim for the loss of his vehicle. According to the AG’s office, a fraud unit investigation found that Troutman, 40, told the Oklahoma …

Louisiana Parish Cracks Down on Sign Thieves

Tangipahoa Parish officials have launched a crackdown on traffic sign thieves. Parish President Gordon Burgess told The Daily Star Tangipahoa is stepping up investigation of the theft of stop signs and other signs and will pursue charges against individuals found …

Louisiana Reports 144 Workplace Fatalities

A new federal report says 144 people died in work-related accidents in Louisiana in 2013. The Advocate reports the data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows the total was down two …

Panel Backs Oil Lawsuit Supporter for Louisiana Flood Board

A supporter of a lawsuit against the oil industry was re-nominated Thursday to a seat on a south Louisiana flood control board, despite Gov. Bobby Jindal’s vehement opposition to the lawsuit. The nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection …

Corps Considers Changes to Louisiana’s Morganza Flood Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold public meetings next week on plans to tweak the way the Morganza flood control structure is operated during floods. The Morganza flood control structure diverts water from the Mississippi River into the …

Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations

Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

Texas Sets Workers’ Comp Weekly Benefit Rates for Coming Year

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation has announced that the workers’ compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015 has been set at $860.52. The maximum weekly …

Texas Auto Wrecks With 3 or More Fatalities Rise

The number of auto accidents involving three or more deaths has more than doubled in Texas since 2010, with more fatalities occurring along roads seeing increased traffic because of the oil and gas boom. An investigation by the Houston Chronicle …

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