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Florida Agency Approves Removal of Citizens’ Policies

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has approved the removal of up to 180,040 personal residential policies and 2,527 commercial residential polices from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) by the following nine companies: Anchor Property & Casualty Insurance Company …

Florida Polo Mogul Convicted a Second Time in Fatal DUI Crash

Florida jurors for a second time have convicted the founder of the International Polo Club in a fatal drunken-driving crash. The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors took four hours to convict 51-year-old John Goodman Tuesday of DUI manslaughter and …

MSHA Launches New Mine Fire Prevention Course

Federal mine safety regulators have launched a training course aimed at preventing fires at underground and non-metal mines. The training course is offered at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy in Beaver. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration …

Mississippi DOT Stops Use of Faulty Guardrails

State transportation officials are investigating where faulty guardrails have been installed along Mississippi roadways. Trinity Industries Inc. stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower …

2 Injured After Water Line Ruptures at Orlando Resort

Officials say two people were injured and several guests were evacuated after a hot water line ruptured at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Resort. A water line between the first and second floors ruptured just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, flooding the …

Cyber Attack Blamed for Alabama City’s Email Shutdown

City officials in Mobile, Ala., say its email system is functioning after a shutdown they blame on a cyber attack. Al.com reports that the six-day shutdown started on Tuesday afternoon. City officials say anyone who sent an email to city …

Mississippi County Optimistic 6 Months After Tornado

Six months after a devastating tornado, Winston County’s hospital is still operating out of tents and shipping containers, home rebuilding is sputtering along and it may be another year before a new plywood mill opens. Still, leaders in Louisville, Miss., …

Kentucky Market Owner Charged With Arson

A southern Kentucky store owner is scheduled for arraignment next month on charged that he set fire to his business to collect an insurance settlement. Kentucky State Police say 53-year-old David Kevin Ring of Brownsville torched Ring’s Crossroad Market on …

Florida Orders 21-Day Monitoring for Ebola

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering twice daily monitoring for anyone returning from places the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates as affected by Ebola. Scott signed the order Saturday, giving the Florida Health Department authority to monitor …

Mississippi Coastal Residents Hoping for Lower Insurance Premiums

A coalition is working to build momentum for state legislation in 2015 that organizers hope would lead to lower property insurance rates on the Coast. The Sun Herald reports two policyholders, one from Long Beach and one from Pass Christian, …

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