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Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Banned in Austin

The Austin, Texas, City Council has approved a law banning the use of hand-held cellphones and many other portable electronic devices while driving. The Austin American-Statesman reports the City Council approved the law on Aug. 28. It takes effect Jan. …

Widow Awarded $503K in Contested Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Case

The widow and son of a Bartlesville, Okla., man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that said the man was never with a fire department. Thomas Russell …

$30K in Metal Sculptures Stolen from Little Rock Park

Little Rock, Ark., authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park. The city’s Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They’re made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed …

Patient Care at Dallas Hospital Draws Federal Scrutiny

Federal authorities have determined that staff at a Dallas hospital endangered a patient in their care, marking the third time the hospital has been cited since promising to reform its psychiatric services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services claims …

Safe Setbacks at Issue in Suit over Oklahoma Wind Farm Plan

Seven central Oklahoma landowners filed a federal lawsuit against several companies planning wind farms, expressing concern for the health and safety of local residents. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma Wind Action Association names several companies associated …

Donelon: Louisiana’s Homeowners Market Stronger 9 Years after Hurricane Katrina

Louisiana’s property insurance market is vastly improved nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state on Aug. 29, 2005, largely due to the implementation of statewide building codes and strategies that have helped create a more competitive marketplace. “Following Hurricanes …

VanDelinder Retiring from Texas Independent Agent Association

The board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas announced that IIAT Executive Director/President David VanDelinder is retiring from the association effective Dec. 31, 2014. Regarding VanDelinder’s retirement, Chairman Pat Arthur stated in the announcement released by IIAT: “Every member of …

Louisiana Parish Approves Stricter Dangerous Dog Ordinance

The Lafourche Parish Council in has approved a measure to tighten ownership restrictions for dangerous and vicious dogs. As with a similar law passed by the Terrebonne Parish Council this summer, The Courier reports the ordinance is not breed specific. …

Texas County Reaches $775K Deal in Taser/Brain Injury Case

Bastrop County in Texas has settled a federal lawsuit for $775,000 with the family of a high school student who suffered a brain injury after a deputy shot him with a Taser. The attorney representing Noe Niño de Rivera said …

Call Leads to Arrest, Arson Charge for Austin Woman

An anonymous phone call to the Texas Arson Hotline has led to the arrest of an Austin woman who intentionally set fire to her apartment in order to receive an insurance payment. Ashlee King, 23, was jailed on charges of …

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