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Prosecutor Says She Never Promised Immunity to Gregg Allman Filmmaker

A Georgia prosecutor says her office never promised immunity to one of four filmmakers charged in a fatal train crash that occurred during shooting of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman. Hillary Schwartz was an assistant director on the …

9 Arrests Made in Florida PIP Fraud Ring

Nine suspects were arrested for personal injury protection (PIP) fraud in Miami, Fla., according to an announcement by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Charged in eight separate cases involving seven staged accidents, these individuals were arrested and charged for their …

Ex-Kentucky County Official Gets 7 Years in Prison for Tornado Repair Kickbacks

The former top official of a tornado-ravaged Kentucky county was sentenced to seven-plus years in prison Tuesday for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued even as his constituents struggled to rebuild from the deadly storm. …

Florida Considers Insurer Stress Tests to Instill Public Confidence

Florida’s chief financial officer says creating a “stress test” will help instill public confidence in the smaller insurers that have come to dominate Florida’s homeowners’ insurance market. Jeff Atwater said Tuesday that creating a stress test whose results are made …

North Carolina Legislature Considering Adding Rules for Mopeds, Scooters

Mopeds could be regulated further in North Carolina by requiring drivers to get insurance and a permit or identification card. Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly Thomas presented recommendations Tuesday to a legislative committee. He says they are based on …

West Virginia Proposes Annual Fee to Prevent Chemical Spills

State environmental regulators say the highest-risk aboveground storage tanks could face a $375 annual fee in a law to protect water supplies. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman made the comments to a state Senate budget panel Monday. The …

Alabama Drone Task Force Needs More Time

A state task force formed to propose regulations for drones has decided it needs more time for study. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley created the Alabama Drone Task Force last year to address issues related to unmanned aerial systems, commonly called …

Florida Federal Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Cruise Malpractice Ruling

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week rejected a bid by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines …

Alabama Residents Recall Day Sinkhole Swallowed a Jeep

Pieces of the old Jessie Dean Smith Elementary School in South Gadsden, Ala., have been preserved in an unusual sort of way. Concrete and brick from the demolished school were used to fill a sinkhole in a yard at a …

North Carolina Homeowners Face Higher Insurance Rates or No Coverage

North Carolina homeowners are being told to pay higher insurance premiums or risk losing their coverage under a regulation that allows companies to pay more than the state has approved. The StarNews of Wilmington reported insurance companies are sending “consent …

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