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Few Florida Insurers Compel Arbitration, but Attorneys Say that Will Change

After American Integrity Insurance Co. filed for a binding arbitration endorsement on homeowner policies one year ago, many in the industry expected a wave of other insurers to follow suit as claims litigation costs continued to rise in Florida. So …

After 18 Years, $1.5B Dike Repair Done at Florida’s Lake O

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After 18 years, a $1.5 billion project was officially completed Wednesday to repair the sprawling dike around Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that protects thousands of people from potentially catastrophic flooding during hurricanes. The Herbert Hoover Dike …

State Auditor: I Made ‘Serious Mistake’ Leaving Accident

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elected state auditor apologized Monday for leaving the scene of an accident last month after she drove her state-owned vehicle into a parked car, calling it a “serious mistake” and adding she would continue …

Violent Protest in Downtown Atlanta over Killing of Activist

ATLANTA (AP) — A protest turned violent in downtown Atlanta on Saturday night in the wake of the death of an environmental activist who was killed this week after authorities said the 26-year-old shot a state trooper. Masked activists dressed …

State: EPA Will Help Extinguish Ongoing Landfill Fire

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in, at the request of Alabama officials, to help extinguish an underground landfill fire that has been burning in the state for nearly two months, Gov. Kay Ivey announced …

Gunfire Damages North Carolina Substation, No Outage Caused

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina utility said an electricity substation was damaged by gunfire early Tuesday but that it caused no power outages. The damage comes after a gunfire attack on multiple substations in Moore County knocked out …

Monitors Show Months-Old Alabama Landfill Fire Polluting Air

MOODY, Ala. (AP) — An underground fire at an Alabama landfill has continued to pollute the air in eastern parts of the Birmingham region more than 50 days after a fire began underground, according to air quality monitors. The monitors …

As Tornadoes Hit, Survivors Hid in Tubs, Shipping Container

MARBURY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama engine mechanic took refuge in a shipping container as a tornado from a violent storm decimated his shop and killed two of his neighbors along its destructive path across Alabama and Georgia. The harrowing …

SC Supreme: Exclusive Remedy Bars UI Benefits for Crash in Co-Worker’s Car

If Stephany Connelly had not been working, she may have been entitled to collect up to $350,000 in uninsured motorist benefits because of the injuries she suffered from a 2015 car crash. But she was working at the time of …

No Coverage for Damages Caused by Contractor’s ‘Wanton’ Negligence, 11th Circuit Rules

An Alabama judge awarded Robert and Mindy Barton $900,000 for actual damages and emotional distress caused by the botched construction of their custom home, but they won’t be able to collect that judgment from the homebuilder’s general liability insurer. The …

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