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February 22, 2024Texas Governor Names Ladner Chair, Appoints Houston To Risk Management Board
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jeffrey Houston to the Risk Management Board for a term set to expire on February 1, 2025. Additionally, the Governor named Gerald Ladner, Sr. chair of the board. The Board coordinates, monitors, and directs … …


February 22, 2024Louisiana Lawmakers Push for Tougher Penalties in Response to Surge in Carjackings
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In the moments before Linda Frickey was dragged to her death during a fatal carjacking, the 73-year-old had been sitting in her parked vehicle in New Orleans when she was surrounded by four teenagers. The …


February 22, 2024People Moves: VIAA Names Drda Alliance Coordinator; Alliant Names Cohan Employee Benefits Group VP in Kansas City
VIAA Names Drda Alliance Coordinator Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of more than 160 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, hired David Drda as an alliance coordinator. Drda has 12 years of insurance indu …


February 22, 2024NC Insurance Agent with Multiple Businesses Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
A North Carolina insurance agent has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. Arturo Barcenas Gonzalez, is owner of Barcenas Insurance Agency and Barcenas …


February 22, 2024Oklahoma Captive Insurance Program Achieves 31% Net Gain in 2023
Oklahoma’s captive insurance program reported a 31% net gain in 2023, the Oklahoma Insurance Department said. OID issued 20 new licenses in 2023 with six dissolutions, resulting in a net gain of 14 new captive insurers. Oklahoma’s total number of … …


February 22, 2024City of Chicago Sues Oil and Gas Corporations for Climate Change Deception
The City of Chicago is suing six oil and gas corporations and their largest trade association for deceiving Chicago consumers about the climate change dangers associated with their products, mayor Brandon Johnson announced this week. The city filed a …


February 22, 2024Nonprofits Ensnared in Georgia Push to Restrict Bail Funds
ATLANTA (AP) — When she was behind bars in Georgia, Nia Thomas would use toothpaste to stick handwritten flyers to the wall and spread the word about community bail funds that could pay inmates’ bonds, no strings attached. “I was …


February 22, 2024Biden Approves Disaster Declaration for North Dakota December Ice Storm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s request for a major disaster declaration related to a Christmastime ice storm that toppled power lines and left thousands of people without power. Burgum’s office …


February 22, 2024Fire Mitigation Industry Terror: NYC Gang Member Convicted of Extortion, Racketeering
A gang member who ran a fire restoration company has been convicted of using violence, threats of violence, and extortion to terrorize and dominate the fire restoration industry in New York City. After presiding over a two-week bench trial in …


February 22, 2024Nevada Issues First License for Recreational Cannabis Lounge in Las Vegas
Nevada regulators have issued the first license to operate a lounge where cannabis can be consumed recreationally, marking the first of what are expected to be dozens of such operations. The state Cannabis Compliance Board announced that the license …

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