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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Katrina Fraud Verdict Against State Farm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to two whistleblower sisters by upholding a jury verdict that found State Farm defrauded the U.S. government when the insurance company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico …

BoatUS Estimates Hurricane Matthew Damage to Recreational Boats at $110M

Hurricane Matthew, which threatened four coastal states as it corkscrewed through the Atlantic in early October, caused an estimated $110 million in damage to recreational boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national advocacy, services …

Tennessee School Bus Driver Declines Interview in Fatal Crash Probe

The driver in a Chattanooga, Tenn., school bus wreck that killed six children last week has declined to be interviewed by federal crash investigators on advice of his lawyer, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The NTSB has filed …

I.I.I.: 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Most Active in 4 Years

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season concluded yesterday with 15 named storms generating seven hurricanes, three of which were considered major ones, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was the busiest …

Escaping Tennessee Wildfires Meant Fleeing Through Hell-Like Landscape

With flames dripping from tree branches and the air filled with embers, thousands of people raced through a hellish landscape as they fled wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes and a resort in the Great Smoky …

Kentucky Governor Gets Okay to Appoint Workers’ Comp Judges

A Kentucky judge has cleared the way for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to appoint six administrative law judges to help ease a backlog of workers’ compensation cases. The ruling by Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd is a victory for …

Hurricane Cleanup Costs Rise in Georgia Coastal County

Cleanup costs keep rising in Chatham County, along Georgia’s coast, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The latest estimate of the funds needed to recover from damage in unincorporated parts of the county is now more than $22.2 million, The …

New FEMA Maps Could Mean More Tennessee Residents Get Flood Insurance

Thousands of property owners may have to purchase flood insurance for the first time as new flood maps go into effect next year in Davidson County, Tennessee. The Federal Emergency Management Agency last month finalized revised flood maps for the …

Struck Walker Shows Need for Safety Work near Mississippi University

A pedestrian advocacy group again seeks safety improvements after a Mississippi State University student was struck Saturday night. Police arrested 22-year-old Jaleen Jenkins for aggravated DUI, driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance, and have jailed him …

Classic Car Wins Car Show Award, Ends Up in Lagoon

The first time someone called to say his one-of-a-kind, award-winning classic car was at the bottom of a South Carolina lagoon, Ralph Marano Sr. thought it was a joke. Then he got another call, and everything after that seemed like …

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