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Georgia Considers Semi-Only Lanes to Reduce Traffic, Improve Safety

Georgia transportation officials are studying how to add semi-only lanes for truck traffic on Interstate 75 between Macon and Atlanta’s southern suburbs. Georgia is trying to deal with a port of Savannah that’s expanding to handle more cargo and a …

More Hearings in El Faro Sinking

A second round of investigative hearings into the sinking of the freighter El Faro began Monday seeking new information about the vessel’s stability and whether there were mistakes in weather forecasting or cargo loading before the ship’s final voyage. The …

Georgia Allows Allstate Auto Insurance Rate Hike

Allstate can go ahead raise auto insurance rates for Georgia drivers later this month because a state review of the planned increase won’t be done in time to stop the higher rates from taking effect, state regulators said. State Insurance …

Jail Appears Certain for Ex-Massey Energy CEO Bound as Appeal Denied

Former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship is headed to prison even as he appeals his conviction for conspiring to flout mine-safety laws in connection with the worst U.S. coal industry disaster in almost 40 years. The federal appeals court in …

Robot Sub Aids in Recovery of El Faro’s Data Recorder

An underwater search has successfully recovered a voice and data recorder that may provide clues about why a cargo ship sank last year off the U.S. East Coast in a hurricane. The National Transportation Safety Board, which last year located …

Altmaier Promoted to Florida Insurance Commissioner

After a contentious and bumpy process that saw Florida’s top Republican officials deadlock several times, the state has a new insurance commissioner just weeks before the start of hurricane season. During an emergency meeting on Friday, Gov. Rick Scott and …

New Early Warning System May be Result of UAH Tornado Research

A new tornado early warning system could result from research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) that’s being conducted with the help of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and supported by $50,000 in seed funding from the Madison …

Eleventh Circuit Criticizes District Court for Focusing on Bad Faith Set-up Conduct

In Moore v. GEICO General Ins. Co., 2016 WL 736824 (11th Cir., Feb. 19, 2016), the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a District Court grant of summary judgment in favor of GEICO in a bad faith set-up …

Sea Level Rise Summit Coincides With Current Florida Flood Risk

Just as parts of South Florida are bracing for potential risks of flooding in low-lying areas due to the close proximity of the moon, high tides, sea-level rise and inclement weather, Florida Atlantic University is spearheading efforts to bring together …

Florida High Court Rules Attorney Fee Schedule Unconstitutional; Passes on Other Key Workers’ Comp Case

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s mandatory attorneys’ fee schedule for workers’ compensation cases is unconstitutional under both Florida’s and the U.S. constitution as a violation of due process. The state’s top court also declined to rule …

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