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Florida Zookeeper Screamed for Help Before Tiger Attack

A zookeeper screamed for help into her radio before she was fatally attacked by a Malayan tiger, but the 350-pound animal crushed her neck before her co-workers could reach her, an autopsy report released Friday showed. The Palm Beach County …

Researchers Warn of Heavy Rain, Droughts in Carolinas

Experts warn the Carolinas will face droughts and deluges in coming years. Scientists, farmers and water managers met in Charlotte this week to explore ways to deal with coming dry weather and the sudden flooding that the experts say will …

Regulators Approve Property Rate Hikes for Florida Citizens Customers

One of Florida’s largest property insurers is going to raise its rates again in the coming year. State regulators late Friday announced that it had approved premium hikes being sought by Citizens Property Insurance. The state-created Citizens has nearly 500,000 …

Florida Man Gets 11+ Year Prison for $4.8M Gold Truck Heist

A Florida man was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison for helping plot and carry out the sophisticated armed robbery of gold bars valued at $4.8 million from a truck that was stopped using remote-control devices along …

Officials Reveal Power Cord Malfunction Caused Deadly Tennessee Fire

A house fire that killed six children and three adults in Memphis, Tenn., was caused by an electrical malfunction in an air conditioning unit’s power cord in the living room, authorities said. The Memphis Fire Department released the cause of …

Florida Nightclub Shooting Fund Receives 245 Applications

More than 240 applications have been submitted to a compensation fund for the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, one of the officials administering the fund said Monday, the last day applications can be submitted. As of Friday, …

Offensive Odors Are Pollutants According to South Carolina Court

In a recent decision, South Carolina Ins. Reserve Fund v. East Richland County Public Service Dist., 2016 WL 1125810 (S.C. App., filed 3/23/16), the Court found that the release of offensive odors constituted a pollutant because the odors involved gas …

Scammers Use Florida Regulator’s Name in Bogus Cancellation Email

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) and the Department of Financial Services (DFS) are warning state insurance consumers of a scam involving the unauthorized use of Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier’s name and position. According to a statement from OIR …

Commentary: Is Florida Ready for Claims Resulting From a Major Hurricane?

After tumultuous eight hurricanes in two years between 2004 and 2005, we haven’t seen a hurricane in Florida for over 10 years. Has the state learned from those storms? Are the insurance companies ready? What about the independent adjusting companies, …

Bee Hive Thefts in Southwest Florida Prompt Formation of Task Force

None of the hundreds of stolen hives have been recovered, law enforcement agencies said. Southwest Florida bee farmers are having a difficult summer because thieves have been stealing their hives, lots of them, to the tune of $150,000 or more. …

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