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Former Illinois Insurance Broker Sentenced to Prison, Must Repay Nearly $1M
The owner of multiple property/casualty insurance operations in northern Illinois has been sentenced to more than four years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution for insurance fraud. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on Aug. …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:55 AM
Recreational Pot Measure Approved for North Dakota Ballot
Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:17 AM
California Considers Rule Changes as Legal Pot Market Struggles
The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive in California and shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some licensed shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana …

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2018 12:13 AM
Scott Declares State of Emergency Over Toxic Algae Bloom on Florida Coast
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in response to the impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The Executive Order 18-221 will provide significant state funding to local governments …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:55 PM
Alera Group Acquires Barnes Insurance & Financial Services of Florida
Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired Barnes Insurance & Financial Services (BIAFS) of Florida. BIAFS is a benefits agency with two locations in northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, this …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:41 PM
Texas Insurance Department: Harvey Claims Reporting Deadline Approaching
As the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, the Texas Department of Insurance is reminding Texans that some insurance policies have a one-year deadline to file claims. Harvey made landfall August 25. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) claims must be reported …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:32 PM
Murphy Oil USA to Pay $100K to Settle Disability Discrimination, Retaliation Suit
Arkansas-based Murphy Oil USA Inc. will pay $100,000 to settle a workplace discrimination suit filed in Texas by federal officials. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Murphy Oil, which owns Murphy USA retail gasoline stores typically …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:28 PM
34 Sickened by Salmonella Outbreak in Southeast Missouri County
A southeast Missouri county is investigating a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 34 people. The Southeast Missourian reports that the cause hasn’t been determined. Perry County Health Department communicable disease coordinator Sheila Hahs says the agency began receiving worrying numbers …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:15 PM
Special Police Unit Seeks to Curb Thefts From Indiana RV companies
A special police unit is seeking to curb burglaries and thefts from businesses including recreational vehicle companies in northern Indiana. Police in the Elkhart County city of Goshen say their unit was formed to deal with such crimes in the …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:13 PM
Insurer for Missouri City Must Pay $5.3M to Man with Overturned Conviction
A judge has ordered a former insurance carrier for the city of Columbia to pay $5.3 million to a man who served 10 years in prison before his conviction for killing a sports editor in Columbia was thrown out. The …

POSTED AUGUST 15, 2018 4:12 PM

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