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May 22, 2020North Carolina Eases Business Restrictions, Allows Restaurants to Serve Indoors
Gov. Roy Cooper is letting North Carolina restaurants, barber shops and salons welcome patrons inside starting this holiday weekend, reporting on Wednesday that the state’s COVID-19 trends remain largely stable. But bars, gyms and other indoor entert …


May 22, 2020Chemours Won’t Face Federal Charges Over North Carolina GenX Contamination
Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a chemical company that for years discharged compounds with health risks that aren’t fully understood into a North Carolina river, the company disclosed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office …


May 22, 2020Judge: Ohio Hospital, Insurer Need Not Fund Doc’s Murder Case Defense
A Michigan-based health system and its insurer don’t have to cover the costs of an Ohio doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, a federal judge ruled. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers … …


May 22, 20202 Construction Workers Killed in Mississippi Trench Collapse
Rocks crushed two workers to death in a trench collapse at the site of town homes under construction in Mississippi. The workers were in the trench laying pipe for sewer lines when it collapsed Tuesday morning, Starkville Fire Chief Charles …


May 22, 2020Bill Would Expand Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program
State lawmakers are poised to greatly expand Louisiana’s medical marijuana to make more people eligible for the treatment, under a bill that continued on May 20 to speed toward final passage. The proposal from Rep. Larry Bagley, the Republican chairm …


May 22, 2020Texas Insurer Germania Extending Auto Premium Paybacks Through June
Texas-based farm mutual insurance company, Germania Insurance, is extending its Reduced Driving Payback through June, raising its total reimbursement to policyholders to nearly $9 million in credits. Germania announced its Reduced Driving Payback pro …


May 22, 2020GOP Questions North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Candidate’s Eligibility
The North Dakota Republican Party is questioning the eligibility of the Democratic candidate for state insurance commissioner, alleging she hasn’t lived in the state long enough to run for statewide office. In a letter to the Secretary of State’s off …


May 22, 2020Workers Worry Over Enforcement of Meatpacking Plant Safety Recommendations
Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk. Ext …


May 22, 2020Texas Agency Sleeper Sewell Insurance Joins Insurors Group
Dallas-based independent insurance agency, Sleeper Sewell Insurance, has joined Insurors Group LLC, an alliance of independent insurance agents in Texas. Sleeper Sewell Insurance was originally founded as Dwight Sleeper & Company in 1962 by Dwigh …


May 22, 2020French Court Orders AXA to Pay Restaurant’s COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses; AXA Vows to Appeal
A Paris commercial court ruled that insurer AXA must pay a restaurant owner two months’ worth of coronavirus-related revenue losses, the restaurateur’s lawyer said on Friday, possibly opening the door to a wave of similar litigation. AXA said it woul …

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