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After Delay, Louisiana OKs Planting of Medical Marijuana
August 17, 2018
Louisiana’s first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, whose agency regulates the burgeoning industry, loosened a regulatory logjam that created a months-long delay. The Monroe News-Star repo …

AIR Worldwide Updates Wildfire Model with Event-Based Risk Management Approach
August 17, 2018
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has released an updated Wildfire Model for the United States designed to provide a comprehensive view of the risk of wildfire to property within the 13 westernmost conterminous states. The event-base …

School System in North Carolina County Accused of Neglect, Discrimination in Suit
August 17, 2018
A lawsuit filed against a North Carolina school system and its board of education says an elementary school in need of repairs was discriminated against because of race. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the lawsuit, filed Monday against the Winston- …

SECURA Insurance Adds Switzer as Market Manager in Kentucky
August 17, 2018
Appleton, Wis.-based SECURA Insurance has added Lisa Switzer as market manager for Kentucky. Switzer brings 28 years of experience in the insurance industry to her new role with a diverse mix of commercial, personal, and specialty lines roles. She wa …

ICT to Begin Annual Texas ‘Hurricane Tour’
August 17, 2018
The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) is set to launch its annual “hurricane tour” aimed at reminding coastal residents to be ready in case a hurricane or tropical storm should make landfall this year. Beginning on Aug. 20, ICT’s Mark …

York Named Chief Underwriting Officer at CM Vantage
August 17, 2018
Michael York II has been named chief underwriting officer for Madison, Wisconsin-based CM Vantage Specialty Insurance Co., reporting to President Alan Ogilvie. York will oversee CM Vantage’s underwriting operations and work closely with CM Vantage’s …

Hy-Vee Sued by Minnesota Family Sickened by Tainted Pasta Salad
August 17, 2018
A Minnesota family sickened by eating pasta salad contaminated with salmonella is suing the Iowa-based grocery store chain that distributed the food. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Hy-Vee Inc. The suit alleges a woman, her daughter and her gra …

Missouri Corrections Officers Awarded $113.7M in Overtime Lawsuit
August 17, 2018
A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after their shifts. A Cole County jury on Aug. 14 awarded $113.7 million to 13,000 current corrections officers or those who worked at the Department of …

Federal Safety Board Links Plugged Drill Pipe to Deadly Oklahoma Well Fire
August 17, 2018
There were signs that a natural gas well was not fully sealed before it exploded in January, killing five workers, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in an updated report on the accident on Thursday. The incident, which took place …

Washington Lawsuit Says College Dean Raped Assistant
August 17, 2018
A woman has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue College claiming the school, and by extension Washington state, fostered a hostile work environment by failing to protect her from a former dean. SeattlePI.com reported the woman’s attorney Julie Kays file …

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