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Insurers Will Need to Comply With Oklahoma’s New Auto Insurance Verification System

The Oklahoma Department of Insurance (OID) says its new auto insurance verification system targets uninsured drivers. The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) has awarded a contract for the new Oklahoma Compulsory Insurance Verification System (OCIVS). The new …

KCC Estimates Texas Hailstorm Insured Losses at $1B

An early June hailstorm caused an estimated $1 billion in insured losses to residential and commercial properties and automobiles, the majority of which is expected to be in Texas, according to Karen Clark & Company. Baseball-sized hail was reported in …

Rare River Sinkhole Created by Whirlpool Led to Death

A kayaker bypassed a part of an Arkansas scenic river known as Dead Man’s Curve during a weekend trip, but a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool along his alternate channel and dragged him to his death. Donald Wright, 64, from …

Harvey’s 5-Day Rainfall in Texas Unprecedented in U.S.

The U.S. has never experienced the amount of rainfall across such a vast area as that brought by Hurricane Harvey when it struck Texas, according to a report released this week. More rain fell over a five-day period, and on …

Giant Hail Hits Dallas Area, Causes Millions in Damages

Baseball-sized hailstones smashed windshields, skylights and windows as thunderstorms swept through the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, causing millions of damage. The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth said the storm developed rapidly over Denton and northwest Collin County …

Study Finds Possible Deep Faults, Quake Source in Oklahoma

Scientists may have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state, according to a report on a study that used magnetic imaging to explore the rock formations below …

Input Sought Before Houston-Area Flood Control Bond Vote

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey announced Wednesday they will seek the public’s input before finalizing a list of critical flood-control projects voters will be asked to approve during an estimated $2.5 billion bond referendum. Harris …

Texas School Shooting Victim’s Family Sues Attacker’s Parents

The family of one of the students killed in a Texas high school shooting filed a lawsuit against the alleged gunman’s parents, claiming the shooter’s father didn’t properly secure the weapons and were negligent in entrusting him with firearms. Authorities …

Probe Finds Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared for Harvey Floods

The federal agency that investigates industrial accidents offered muted criticism Thursday of the Houston-area chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey and partially exploded. Crews for Arkema Inc. worked “to the best of their ability” to keep equipment that cooled …

New Orleans Concerned About Flooding as Hurricane Season Nears

Dr. Lauren Morris’s dental office is in sight of one of the pumping stations designed to push water out of New Orleans. But despite that proximity, the roughly year-old business has already flooded. Now with a storm in the Gulf …

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