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New PCI Poll Finds Hurricane Season Prep Lags

Residents in hurricane-prone states are not taking necessary steps to protect their property this hurricane season despite the severity of last year’s storms, according to a new poll conducted online by SurveyMonkey on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association …

Texas Bar Linked to Mass Shooting Will Surrender Liquor License

A Dallas-area bar that served a man before he fatally shot eight people at a nearby home will give up its liquor license in a settlement with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The Local Public House in Plano will cancel …

Oil Prices, Truck Fatalities Intersect at Texas’ ‘Death Highway’

Route 285 is the formal designation for one of the main roads used to carry supplies to and from the oilfields of West Texas. Locals call it something else: “Death Highway.” Last year, 93 people died in accidents involving trucks …

Flood Damage Caused by Hurricane Harvey Boosts Insurance in Texas

Little more than two months before Hurricane Harvey slammed the Gulf Coast of Texas, Alberto Castaneda let his home’s flood insurance lapse. He had never filed a claim on the policy in 10 years and he needed the extra cash …

Auto Insurer Loses Appeal for Dismissal of Complaints in Louisiana Claims Dispute

In late June, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled against an insurer and its insureds seeking summary judgement dismissing complaints against them in a case involving auto insurance claims. At issue was whether or not the defendants were parties to an …

Louisiana Races to Save 1st Line of Storm Defense

Ten miles from Louisiana’s receding shore, on an island that was on the verge of sinking away, new land is growing at a rate of 200 feet per day. A slurry of sand blasts from a 30-inch-wide pipe with the …

Arkansas Licenses 3 New Property Insurers; That’s 10 for Year

Three new property/casualty insurance companies have been approved to do business in Arkansas, the state insurance department reported. All three are based in Florida. Counting the recently accepted companies, 10 new insurers have been approved to enter the Arkansas insurance …

How Texas Insurance Industry Can Manage Never-Ending Hail Problem

Texas has a hail problem. OK, from an insurance perspective, Texas has a weather problem, period, but that’s another story altogether. Back to hail. On June 6, a hailstorm walloped heavily populated areas of North Texas with baseball sized hail …

Newspaper Probe Says Texas Isn’t Enforcing Flood Insurance Rules

Texas officials are struggling to enforce part of a flood insurance program that aims to elevate or remove severely damaged properties from flood plains, according to a newspaper investigation. The Houston Chronicle analyzed more than 36,000 insurance claims of properties …

Harvey Recovery Will Include Dredging of Parts of San Jacinto River

Anglers at Kingwood’s River Grove Park couldn’t see the opposite bank of the San Jacinto River as they cast their lines into its murky water one recent morning. The view was obscured by a wall of sand pushed into the …

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