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Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Presenters for Safety Summit

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is seeking presenters for its 19th Annual Workplace Safety and Health Conference, the Texas Safety Summit, which will be held in Austin on May 19-21, 2015. The statewide conference is open to all …

Houston Bus Owner Gets Probation in 2008 Crash That Killed 17

The owner of a Houston bus company who was charged after a 2008 crash that killed 17 passengers on their way to a religious retreat has avoided prison after a federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation in …

Civil Lawsuits Filed Over Arkansas Sightseeing Train Wreck

Two passengers on an excursion train that was struck head-on by another train in northwest Arkansas have filed civil lawsuits against the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Corliss Johnson of Rogers and Margaret Harkins of Lowell have filed separate lawsuits against …

Judge Dismisses Oklahoma Earthquake Injury Lawsuit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit over an earthquake that injured a woman, finding that the case should instead be heard by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. In August, Prague resident Sandra Ladra filed a lawsuit against the operators of …

Contractors Need to Be Involved in the Claims Process, BELFOR CEO Says

Customer service in property claims suffers when the contractor is left out of the settlement process and policy renewals may be in jeopardy because of it. That’s the word from the top executive of one of the world’s largest disaster …

Repair Work Continues at $60M Texas High School Football Stadium

The first phase of repairs to a $60 million high school football stadium in North Texas is complete. KXAS-TV reports an Allen Independent School District administrator told the school board Monday night that the stadium is on track to reopen …

BP Spill Left Oil Slick on Seafloor the Size of Rhode Island

The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that …

Arkansas County Sheriff Creates Horse Patrol Division

It’s taken 7 1/2 years, but the Independence County Sheriff’s Department now has a Mounted Patrol division. The concept of a local volunteer mounted (horseback) search and rescue team goes back to mid June 2007 when the idea was introduced …

IAS Claim Services Celebrates 30th Anniversary

IAS Claim Services celebrated its 30th anniversary as a national independent insurance claims service provider. The company was founded in 1984 in Richardson, Texas and has since grown in to a multi-million dollar company with nationwide coverage. In 2006, IAS …

Allen Named Insurance Fraud Prosecutor for Dallas County

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) announced Amy Allen as a fraud prosecutor who will work exclusively with criminal prosecutors in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to combat insurance fraud. Allen worked previously as an assistant city attorney and …

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