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Alabama’s April 2011 Tornado Event Prompted Residents’ Preparedness

One catastrophic day of weather can lead to improved preparedness, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. According to the National Weather Service, 62 confirmed …

Florida Researcher Creates New Hurricane Strength Model

A new study by Florida State University researchers demonstrates a different way of projecting a hurricane’s strength and intensity that could give the public a better idea of a storm’s potential for destruction. Vasu Misra, associate professor of meteorology and …

Georgia Troopers Crackdown on I-85 Unsafe Commercial Drivers

Georgia state troopers say they’re launching a 72-hour crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicle drivers on Interstate 85. Officials said in a statement that the initiative began Tuesday and troopers will participate in high visibility enforcement along a 178-mile stretch of …

Tennessee Receives Grant to Weed out Worker Misclassification

Tennessee has received a $499,000 federal grant for efforts to stop worker misclassification. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee’s unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as …

Mississippi Wind Insurer to Cut Company Rate Breaks

Large businesses and government agencies have been getting a big break on premiums in Mississippi’s coastal insurer of last resort, but it’s coming to an end. Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association representatives tell the Sun Herald that the wind pool’s residential …

Kentucky Bicyclist Challenging Road Laws Fined

A Jessamine County, Ky., woman who commutes to work on a bicycle is being fined for repeatedly violating a law on careless driving. Cherokee Schill battled the violations in court, saying that she should not be forced to travel in …

Golf Pro Greg Norman Recovering After Chain Saw Accident

Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor. “At least I can still play tennis,” Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning. Norman, the …

New Alabama Corrections Post Meant to Improve Worker, Inmate Safety

An Alabama Department of Corrections veteran says she’s using her position as a deputy commissioner to improve worker education and inmate safety in women’s correctional facilities. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday that the state Department of Corrections appointed Wendy Williams …

A Little Knowledge Goes A Long Way Against Defense and Indemnity Reimbursement

When faced with a mixed complaint against the insured, including covered and uncovered claims, insurers oftentimes will reserve their right to seek reimbursement for defense and indemnification payments attributable to the uncovered portion of the claim. The question of reimbursement …

Couple Sues West Virginia Lawyer, Claiming Lawsuit ‘Sham’

A southwest Virginia couple is suing a Charleston attorney and former state senator, contending he failed to file a lawsuit on their behalf despite assurances he had. Ira Calvary and Mavis Horne of Tazewell County now say they can’t recover …

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