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Hundreds of Florida Tobacco Lawsuits Settle for $100M

A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them for smoking-related deaths and illnesses in Florida federal court. The tentative agreement announced Wednesday involves R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris …

Workers’ Comp Rule Changes Could Save $27M Annually in North Carolina

New rules setting maximum fees for doctors and hospitals performing medical services for workers injured on the job in North Carolina could save millions of dollars annually. The state Industrial Commission also said Monday the fee schedules set to begin …

Gas Vapor May be Cause of West Virginia Oil Train Blast

Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday. Questioning the possible role …

Despite Safety Concerns Older Oil Train Cars May Be Rolling for Years

Oil tank cars like those that ruptured in a train derailment in rural West Virginia on Monday, sending a massive fireball into the sky and forcing evacuation of nearby homes, could be rolling through U.S. cities for years to come. …

Tiny Devices Set to Change How Florida Monitors Hurricanes, Rising Sea Levels

Small wireless computing devices, ranging from the size of a matchbox to the size of a dime are going to change the way Florida monitors its water quality, sea level rise, hurricanes, agriculture, aquaculture, and even its aging senior population. …

Citizens Reports $4.9M in Subrogation Recoveries in 2014

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation returned nearly $310,000 in refunds directly to affected policyholders in 2014 as part of efforts that recovered claims payments of $4.9 million by pursuing reimbursement from product manufacturers, contractors and other third parties responsible for the …

Waffle House Locations Open During Storms Gain FEMA Attention

When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected …

Oil Train Derails and Explodes Forcing Evacuations in West Virginia

A CSX Corp. train carrying Bakken oil from North Dakota derailed and ignited in West Virginia, forcing some residents to flee their homes in frigid weather while cutting power and threatening drinking water. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state …

Mississippi Senate Passes Bill to End Vehicle Safety Inspection Requirement

Some Mississippi senators haven’t gotten an up-to-date vehicle safety inspection. Now they want other Mississippians to be able to forget about it, too. Senators on Wednesday passed a bill to repeal the requirement that vehicle owners get a $5 safety …

Northern Alabama County Adds Texting to 911 Options

Limestone County has joined a growing number of places where people are able to text a message to reach 911 emergency services. Supporters of the service say the ability to text instead of making a voice call will make it …

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