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Texas Bill Affirming Workers’ Comp Division Fraud Unit Advances
The Texas Senate has passed legislation that affirms the authority of Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation fraud unit to conduct criminal investigations. The Senate passed HB 2053 on May 24; it was previously approved in the House. According to the legislative …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:45 PM
Storms Bring Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Evacuations in Midwest
Heavy rainfall that sparked flash flooding in Fort Wayne, Ind., forced motorists to flee submerged cars and prompted the evacuation of about 20 homes in the northeastern Indiana city. And in Ohio, authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:38 PM
A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Wisconsin’s Integrity Select Insurance
A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and a long-term issuer credit rating of “a+” to Integrity Select Insurance Co. (Integrity Select) in Appleton, Wis. The outlook assigned to these credit ratings is stable. Integrity Select is a …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:35 PM
Report: St. Louis Tank in Deadly Explosion Needed Emergency Repairs
A giant steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) that exploded at a St. Louis box plant, flew a quarter-mile into the air and smashed into a neighboring building, was being used despite needing emergency repairs, federal investigators said …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:30 PM
OSHA, Mid Continent Recommit to Oklahoma Oil and Gas Worker Safety Alliance
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid Continent Exploration and Production Safety Network have renewed an alliance to promote safety at oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OSHA reported that the alliance is committed to providing information …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:26 PM
Tribune: Governor Appears Undecided on Signing Texas Texting-While-Driving Ban
Note: This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Gov. Greg Abbott appears to be undecided on whether he will sign a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving that is now on his desk. Abbott’s predecessor, Rick Perry, vetoed …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:21 PM
A.M. Best Lifts AIG’s Ratings ‘Under Review’ Status Following Duperreault’s Arrival
A.M. Best this week released American International Group from “under review” special scrutiny following the insurer’s bringing on industry veteran Brian Duperreault as president and chief executive officer and after reviewing recent financial data and meeting with AIG management. “AIG …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:14 PM
AmWINS and Networked Deal Plays to Strengths of Both Firms, Execs Say
The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. at the end of last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based global distributor of specialty insurance products and services and the California-based aggregator. Namely, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:42 PM
Pacific Hurricane Season Depends on El Niño: NOAA
Forecasters say the central Pacific region around Hawaii can expect a normal or slightly above-average hurricane season, depending largely on the presence of El Niño conditions. Chris Brenchley, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:37 PM
Southern California Neighborhood Flooded Due to Seawall Damage
A Southern California coastal community was flooded with two feet of ocean water after a seawall was damaged by a construction crew. The Orange County Register reported workers were doing demolition work in Newport Beach and accidentally damaged the wall …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:33 PM
Small Undersea Quake Jostles California Coast West of Malibu
A minor undersea earthquake has jiggled a small stretch of the Southern California coast in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS says the magnitude-3.3 temblor occurred just before 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The epicenter was …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:25 PM
Rising Seas May Wipe Out Jersey Towns and Millions in AAA Bonds
Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey. It was here in Seaside Heights that Hurricane Sandy flooded an oceanfront amusement park, leaving an inundated roller coaster as an …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:56 PM
UK’s Legal & General Chooses Dublin as Post-Brexit Base for Some Operations
British insurer Legal & General said it will move some of its investment management operations to Ireland to ensure it can continue to serve its customers after Brexit. In a win for Dublin’s campaign to attract financial services firms in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:32 PM
The Hartford Names Firstenberg P/C Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer
The Hartford has named David Firstenberg as chief underwriting officer for the company’s property/ casualty insurance businesses, replacing Mo Tooker, who was recently named head of The Hartford’s Middle Market segment. Firstenberg will oversee the common underwriting framework across The Hartford’s Small Commercial, Middle Market, Specialty Commercial and Personal Lines segments, …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:27 PM
Cyber Insurance Market Growing Slower Than Expected: Allianz
The tiny market for cyber insurance has been slower to develop than generally anticipated, a member of Allianz’s board said in an interview. The European market for cyber insurance currently has a premium volume of around 200 million euros ($224 million), Axel Theis, Allianz …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 2:07 PM
NOAA Updates Forecast for Atlantic Hurricane Season, Pacific’s El NIno
The Atlantic hurricane season will likely churn out an above-average 11 to 17 named storms, in part due to fading odds than an El Nino will form in the Pacific. Of storms that emerge during the six-month season that begins …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:35 PM
Vermont Governor Vetoes Marijuana Bill, Wants Changes Made
Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made Vermont the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana but indicated that he was willing to work with the Legislature on a compromise. Scott said he was …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:29 PM
Connecticut’s Smith Brothers Hires Peruccio from Cigna Healthcare
Smith Brothers, a Glastonbury, Conn.-based insurance broker, has added Chelsea Peruccio as an employee benefits advisor. Her responsibilities include new business development, account management and creating employee benefit strategies to help clients achieve positive results. She has experience working with clients in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:20 PM
Executive Changes Announced at Massachusetts’ Hospitality Insurance Group
After 32 years as a member of Hospitality Insurance Group’s Board of Directors, E. Thomas McCabe Jr. of Westborough, Mass., will be stepping down as chairman. Before joining Hospitality Insurance Group, McCabe was a past president of Massachusetts Restaurant Association …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 1:06 PM
Hanover Insurance Names Zurich’s Salvatore as President of Specialty
The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., a Worcester, Mass.-based holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, has appointed Bryan J. Salvatore as executive vice president and president of specialty, effective June 12. In this role, Salvatore will lead the …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:47 PM
States Move to Ban Asking Job Applicants About Past Salary
An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country. Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia have passed laws that bar employers from asking applicants …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:01 PM
A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of PartnerRe & Subsidiaries
A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a+” of Bermuda-based Partner Reinsurance Co. Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively referred to as PartnerRe). A.M. Best has also affirmed the …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:47 AM
AGCS Promotes Hansen as Head of Aviation, Succeeding Haagen
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced that Mike Hansen has been named global head of Aviation. He takes over this responsibility from Henning Haagen who was appointed Northeast Zone Executive for North America earlier this year and has been …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:21 AM
QBE Taps Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Ford as Group CFO
QBE Insurance Group Ltd. has appointed Michael Ford as group chief financial officer. Ford is currently the deputy CFO for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He joined the bank in 2005 and held a number of senior finance roles …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:21 AM
AmWins and Networked Deal Plays to Each Firm’s Strengths, Execs Say
The acquisition by AmWINS Group Inc. late last month of Networked Insurance Agents will achieve a number of objectives for both the Charlotte, N.C.-based distributor of specialty insurance products and the California-based aggregator. Namely, the deal plays to each firm’s …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 9:00 AM
Here’s What the House Has in Mind for Revamping Flood Insurance Program
A much-anticipated House subcommittee proposal on flood insurance promises to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years beyond its September 30 expiration date. The proposal would introduce reforms to put the NFIP on stronger financial footing; provide aid …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Report: Florida Resident Sparked Wildfire With Lawn Mower
A lawn mower is being blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed five structures in Florida. The Naples Daily News reports that the state’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement concluded its investigation into the fire that started April 20 in …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:50 AM
Zenefits to Pay North Carolina $104K to Settle Licensing Violations
The North Carolina Department of Insurance has reached a settlement agreement with YourPeople, Inc., dba Zenefits FTW Insurance Services (Zenefits) resulting in a $104,500 penalty, according to a statement from Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey. Department of Insurance Agent Services Division …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:43 AM
West Virginia Gov Orders State to Step-Up Cybersecurity Efforts
Gov. Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management to take steps to protect personally identifiable information collected and kept by state agencies, including health information required by law to be kept private. In an …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:28 AM
1 Dead After Florida Driver Crashes Into Gas Pump, Causing Fire
A fire at a gas station ignited by a car slamming into a pump has killed one person in Florida. Local news organizations report the fire erupted at a BP station in Dania Beach on Tuesday night after a driver …

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:00 AM

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Buried in Fort Worth, Canadian WWI pilots honored on Memorial Day
Following a ceremony in Greenwood Memorial Park honoring the Royal Flying Corps, the Pattison family of Keller took a close look at the headstones of the Canadian airmen. The Pattisons, … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 29, 2017 3:02 PM
Texas lawmakers break impasse, approve $217 billion budget
With time running out in the 85th legislative session, Texas lawmakers late Saturday voted to approve the one “must-pass” bill of the session — the $217 billion, two-year state budget. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 27, 2017 9:26 PM
Fort Worth police investigating fatal wreck on NE Loop
A man died after being extricated from his vehicle following a multi-vehicle wreck on the Northeast Loop on Saturday. Police responded to calls about the multi-vehicle collision about 11:55 a.m. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 29, 2017 5:59 PM
Anti-sanctuary cities protest breaks out in Texas House on last day of session
Texas lawmakers temporarily stopped working Monday morning, on the last day of the 85th legislative session, when a protest broke out in the gallery. Hundreds of opponents of SB 4, … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 29, 2017 11:40 AM
Early voting begins Tuesday for June 10 election runoff
Early voting for the June 10 runoff election — which includes races in Arlington, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Keller, Mansfield and River Oaks — begins Tuesday and runs through June … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 29, 2017 10:20 AM
Voter ID ‘fix’ heads to governor as talk of a special session heats up
With the clock ticking down on the legislative session Sunday, Texas lawmakers signed off on loosening what some call the nation’s toughest voter ID requirements, sending the controversial and priority … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 8:09 PM
Fort Worth woman killed in traffic crash at city intersection
A Fort Worth woman died from injuries she suffered when the car she was in collided with another vehicle at an intersection Friday, police said. Maria Espinoza Rodriguez, 64, died … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 10:31 AM
Azle teen faces murder charge in shooting death during fight
An Azle teen was in custody Sunday, accused in the shooting death of a Weatherford man during a fight, according to officials with the Parker County Sheriff’s Department. The teen, … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 9:24 AM
On Memorial Day, honoring Canadian pilots who died in Fort Worth nearly 100 years ago
In one corner of Greenwood Memorial Park lies a section of graves that is an often overlooked piece of the city’s history. To some, it may seem like a brief … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 4:18 PM
Suspected drive-thru robber gets fast service — to jail
The order by a man who walked up to a drive-thru was illegal Sunday morning, but the service was fast, thanks to Fort Worth police officers. A 19-year-old man was … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 11:41 AM
North Texans getting a break from hot, humid weather
Remember Saturday with all that humidity and a heat advisory? It won’t be around Sunday. A cold front has arrived, bringing with it some dryness and cooler temperatures Sunday. And … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 28, 2017 8:13 AM
He’s homeless and his mom got deported, but he’s graduating with a 4.0
On many school nights, after working shifts at Taco Bueno or Banana Republic, Joshua Reddick studied in the only quiet space he could find — a dimly lit motel bathroom. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 4:36 PM
George Zimmerman attorney now representing Fort Worth’s Jacqueline Craig
High-profile Florida attorney Mark O’Mara is now representing Jacqueline Craig, the black Fort Worth woman whose arrest by a white officer in December sparked accusations of racism and led to … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:31 PM
TCU-area murder suspect charged in Plano woman’s death
Hours after being questioned by Fort Worth police in connection with the death of a 22-year-old woman near TCU, Reginald Kimbro raped and killed a 36-year-old Plano woman whose body … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 10:44 AM
Memorial Day services scheduled across North Texas
Monday services 10 a.m.: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. 10 a.m.: Laurel Land Memorial Park, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. 10 a.m.: Moore Memorial Gardens, 1219 N. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:44 PM
What did lawmakers do about littering, drinking on buses and cellphones?
The next time you consider tossing a piece of trash out of your car window, you might want to think again. State lawmakers this year passed a bill hoping to … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 5:16 PM
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s jokes about target practice draw unexpected attention
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s trip to an Austin shooting range to sign a bill into law Friday drew some unexpected attention after he wrapped up target practice. After signing a … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 3:59 PM
Texans: Ready to hunt hogs from hot air balloons?
Hot air balloons aren’t just tourist attractions any more. Soon, they may be the newest way to reduce the feral hog and coyote population in Texas. A bill to let … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 12:12 PM
Texas Lege: New round of threats for anti-abortion Arlington lawmaker
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt recently weighed in on an animal cruelty bill — and soon began receiving threats. The threats — such as “I hope you die” — came after … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 26, 2017 11:46 AM
Texas runners club backpedaling from Confederate flag Memorial Day T-shirt
Nearly a century ago, Fort Worth figured out what Memorial Day was really all about. In 1918, with Army Camp Bowie soldiers training for World War I combat in France … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 7:25 PM
Passenger killed in crash after driver pulls emergency brake on highway
A man has died from injuries he suffered in a crash Tuesday night when the driver of the vehicle he was in pulled the emergency brake on the Jim Wright … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:03 PM
Watauga man accused in three rapes gets four 15-year sentences in plea deal
A Watauga man accused of raping three women he met online pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for four 15-year prison sentences to be served concurrently. LDarrius Garner, 21, was arrested … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:02 PM
Dallas settles legal fight with Monty Bennett over East Texas pipeline
After four years of legal battles over a water pipeline designed to run through Monty Bennett’s East Texas ranch, the Dallas City Council voted Wednesday to settle with the Dallas … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 4:14 PM
‘BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST #Gianforte’: Northeast Tarrant Tea Party tweet
The day after a Montana congressional candidate was charged with assaulting a reporter at his campaign headquarters, the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party tweeted Thursday, “BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST #Gianforte.” The … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:19 PM
Man in serious condition after being shot in the hip in Fort Worth
Police are investigating after a man was shot in the hip in north Fort Worth Thursday morning, officials said. Officers responded about 11 a.m. to the 3400 block of North … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 11:58 AM
Watch: Vacant house destroyed by fire Wednesday night in Fort Worth
A vacant house was destroyed by a fire late Wednesday night in east Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.   Firefighters were called to the 5100 block … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 1:34 PM
Watauga motorcyclist killed in North Richland Hills traffic accident
A Watauga motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night after his vehicle collided with a sports utility vehicle on Rufe Snow Drive, police said. The victim was identified as Harlos Hardee, 23. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 10:25 AM
Dallas is No. 6 and Fort Worth No. 7 in U.S. in population growth
Fort Worth added almost 20,000 residents from July 2015 to July 2016, the seventh most of any city in the United States, according to U.S. Census population estimates released Thursday. … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 25, 2017 12:01 AM
Public weighs in on options to address Tanglewood Elementary overcrowding
Fort Worth schools Superintendent Kent Scribner’s potential solutions to overcrowding at Tanglewood Elementary include a new elementary school, a split-campus model or an expansion of the current campus. The options, … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 9:12 PM
Judge issues ruling on Fort Worth’s attempt to regulate game rooms
More than two years after Fort Worth adopted ordinances to restrict game room operations to industrial areas, a state district judge has ruled the city can’t do that. But in … Click to Continue »

POSTED MAY 24, 2017 4:19 PM

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