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A No-Paper Jam: Printer Ink Spill Blots All Interstate Lanes

A truck carrying 40,000 pounds of printer ink overturned on an Atlanta interstate, closing all lanes on an outer loop for four hours. That’s 5,500 gallons (20,820 liters) of ink. News outlets report a car cut in front of the …

Hurricane Michael Damages Linger for Georgia Timber Industry

ATLANTA — Georgia’s timber industry is facing many headwinds as it seeks to recover from the severe damage wrought by Hurricane Michael late last year. The storm erased three-quarters of a billion dollars in timber, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Aside …

Volunteer Fire Chief Admits Filing False Claims for Damaged Equipment

A volunteer fire chief in North Carolina was ordered to repay $23,000 that he took form insurance carriers after filing fraudulent claims for fire department equipment, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey’s office said. Kenan Wayne Kearney of Four Oaks, pleaded guilty …

North Carolina Lawmakers Mull Hand-Held Phone Ban for Drivers

RALEIGH, N.C. — With smartphones now ever-present, North Carolina lawmakers are revisiting distracted driving laws and on Tuesday advanced a prohibition on hand-held cellphone use they say will reduce accidents and potentially rein in insurance rates. The House Transportation Committee …

Jurors Find Smithfield Foods Responsible for Hog Nuisances, Award 420K

RALEIGH, N.C. — Smithfield Foods was found responsible Friday for a fifth time for nuisances neighbors suffered from waste generated by thousands of the company’s hogs. Jurors determined the pork giant should pay $420,000 after four previous juries awarded nearly …

West Virginia Jury Awards $17 Million in Injured Walmart Customer Claim

A jury in West Virginia has returned a nearly $17 million verdict after a woman was injured when staffers tried to detain a shoplifter in Walmart. The verdIct was issued by jurors in Wood County, West Virginia, on Monday. A …

Alabama High Court Backs $1.25 Million Wrongful Termination Settlement

The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that an Alabama man who was wrongfully terminated is entitled to seek lost future earnings totaling $1.25 million. The Hattiesburg American reported that the justices said Merchants Foodservice used faulty …

Tornadoes Take Lives, Homes in Alabama

Rescuers searched for victims Monday amid homes smashed to their foundations, shredded metal dangling from trees and dead animals lying in the open after a tornado ripped through a rural Alabama community and killed at least 23 people, including children. …

Home Insurers in Florida to Try, Try Again for Assignment of Benefits Reform

The push for assignment of benefits (AOB) reform in the 2019 Florida legislative session is in full swing, and the insurance industry and consumer advocates have pulled out all the stops to emphasize their contention that abuse of a policyholder …

30-Foot Sinkhole Swallows Portion of Tennessee Road

A sinkhole 30-feet deep and nearly as broad swallowed half a roadway in Knox County, Tennessee, and a county official says repairing it could cost more than $100,000. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports crews on Wednesday were attempting to plug …

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