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Jury Awards $136,030 in West Virginia Locker Room Fight Case

A West Virginia jury has awarded $136,030 to a former Parkersburg South High School football player and his mother in a lawsuit over a locker room fight. The lawsuit alleged that Parkersburg South assistant football coach Dwain Sponseller encouraged a …

Alabama City’s Traffic Cameras Generating Thousands of Tickets

The Alabama city of Opelika has issued more than 7,500 tickets since installing cameras at four intersections last year. Opelika Police Department Capt. Shane Healy tells the Opelika Auburn News the goal of installing the red light cameras was to …

Roofer Dies After Being Struck by Lightning in Southwest Florida

A developer in southwest Florida is reviewing its safety protocols for staff and subcontractors after a roofer was fatally struck by lightning. The Sarasota County Fire Department says the 39-year-old man died Wednesday after being struck by lightning while working …

$2.9M Settlement Proposed for West Virginia Water Contamination

At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and the company that contaminated their water supply. The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was …

Jury Awards Dead Smoker’s Wife $23.6B in Damages

A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands …

Federal Aid Given to Alabama Town to Rebuild After Twister

A town near Birmingham, Ala., is getting federal money to help rebuild its fire department after a tornado. Congressman Spencer Bachus says the Kimberly Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant totaling $50,825. The money will go to purchase …

Florida Man Arrested for Stealing Nearly $1.1M in Insurance Premiums

Carlos Gutierrez, the former president and owner of G.M. Underwriters in Miami, was arrested on grand theft and fraud charges after an investigation revealed he stole nearly $1.1 million in insurance premiums from seven insurance and premium finance companies, according …

North Carolina Couple Arrested After Alleged Arson

A North Carolina couple was arrested on charges of arson, according to an announcement by Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Mark Dwayne Geer, Jr. set fire to the couple’s Wilmington residence on May 12, 2014, …

Hurricane Arthur Losses Will Not Exceed $250 Million: RMS

RMS estimates that insured losses from Hurricane Arthur will not exceed $250 million from wind and coastal flooding. The expected loss covers damages to: Residential, commercial, industrial properties. Automobile and watercraft lines of business. Business interruption resulting from power outages …

Holes in Tank Likely Contributed to West Virginia Leak

Holes in a tank’s floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said. In a report released Wednesday, the Chemical Safety Board also found that the …

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