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Former Claims Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Bank and Wire Fraud

The former owner of Worley Claims Services, who in 2014 sold a majority stake in the company that continues to bear his name, this week pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud charges. Michael Allen Worley of Zachary, Louisiana admitted …

Houston-Area Flood Control Projects Proceed After Harvey

HOUSTON — On a Friday night in August, Diane and Ted Simpson got home from work to find a certified letter from the Harris County Flood Control District notifying them that a portion of their backyard was in a public …

Chemical Leak Set Off Fire that Shut Houston Shipping Channel

HOUSTON — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said on Wednesday a fuel leak, possibly due to open valves and a running pump, set off a massive blaze at a Mitsui & Co Ltd petrochemical storage operation along the Houston Ship …

Remnants Of Olga Push into Mississippi, Leaving Damage

JACKSON, Miss. — What’s left of Tropical Storm Olga was causing soggy conditions in Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday and dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at New Orleans’ main airport after two power outages. There were no reports …

Dallas County Tornadoes Caused $2 Billion in Damage, Insurance Council Says

DALLAS — An insurance industry group says the nine tornadoes that struck the Dallas area during a Sunday night outbreak caused an estimated $2 billion in insured losses. The Insurance Council of Texas said the estimate, which it called “pretty …

Severe Storms Sweep Through Dallas, Causing Heavy Damage

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Crews searched Monday through the rubble of buildings torn apart by a tornado that ripped through the Dallas area the night before, causing damage to homes and businesses and knocking out electricity to tens of thousands of …

Recovery Stalls After Fast Start Following Deadly Tornado

When a deadly tornado ripped through Ruston and Louisiana Tech University in the early morning darkness of April 25, hundreds of volunteers fanned out for rescues and cleanup. Everyone from NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone and energy magnate James …

Oklahoma Approves 5% Cut in Workers’ Compensation Loss Costs for Next Year

A 5.1% percent decrease in workers’ compensation insurance loss costs in Oklahoma for 2020 has been approved by Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready, the state insurance department announced. Loss costs are the average cost of lost wages and medical payments of …

Texas Suffers 5 Deaths, Widespread Damage from Tropical Cyclone Imelda

The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view Saturday, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. …

Houston Begins Cleanup After Almost 4 Feet of Rain Falls

Imelda’s rains have largely left Houston, but the city and the surrounding region are reeling from the fallout. Much of the area remains flooded, with homes and businesses damaged, hundreds of abandoned cars left on highways, water systems compromised and …

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