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North Carolina’s Environmental Chief Says Chemical Maker Must Change its Ways

 - 12/07/2018
The largest penalty a polluter has paid North Carolina should change the way one of the country’s biggest chemical companies makes compounds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said appear dangerous even in small amounts, the state’s top environmental official …

University of Central Florida Team Wins National Cybersecurity Competition

 - 12/07/2018
A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition. UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Team won the U.S. Department of Energy’s CyberForce National Competition last weekend. UCF was one of 66 teams selected to compete. During …

Chris Black Insurance Partners with Florida-Based Insurance Seguros of America

 - 12/07/2018
Chris Black Insurance, a Lutz, Fla.-based independent insurance firm, has partnered with Insurance Seguros of America Ricketts, LLC, located in Wesley Chapel, Fla. The transaction was finalized on Monday, October 10th, 2018. Founded in 2011 by Tina Ricketts, Insurance Seguros …

Alliant Adds Chanin, Barham to Help Grow Private Client Practice in Southeast

 - 12/06/2018
Alliant Insurance Services has made two personnel additions to its private client team in South Florida. Karen Chanin has joined Alliant as VP and will focus on the company’s private client growth strategy, which has been enhanced by its recent …

2 Tornadoes Cause Damage in Alabama

 - 12/06/2018
The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Alabama last weekend. The emergency management director for Dothan and Houston County, Chris Judah, says a weak twister hit Dothan early Sunday. Judah tells the Dothan …

Florida Fraud Strike Team Arrests Unlicensed Contractor in Panhandle

 - 12/06/2018
An unlicensed contractor operating in the Florida Panhandle has been arrested by the Florida Disaster Fraud Action Strike Force (DFAST) for allegedly conducting roofing repairs following Hurricane Michael, according to a statement from Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis. Ashley …

Suit Over Student Death at West Virginia University Frat House Settles for $250K

 - 12/06/2018
The West Virginia University Board of Governors has settled a lawsuit over a student’s 2014 death at a fraternity house for $250,000. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Board of Risk and Insurance Management agreed to the settlement in which …

Giant Hole Created by Hurricane Michael Threatens Housing, Cemetery in Florida Town

 - 12/05/2018
Hurricane Michael created a giant hole in a north Florida town that is threatening a nearby cemetery and public housing duplexes. The Tallahassee Democrat reported Sunday that the October storm caused a crater along a street in Bristol, Fla., a …

Deck Collapse During Alabama House Fire Injures 9

 - 12/05/2018
Authorities in Alabama say nine people were injured when a deck collapsed during a house fire. Birmingham Fire Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo tells local news outlets that the accident happened Saturday night when a fire started in the house. The …

JenCap Holdings to Acquire Risk Innovations of Atlanta

 - 12/05/2018
JenCap Holdings LLC (JCH), a specialty insurance business, will acquire privately-held Risk Innovations LLC, a specialty wholesale insurance broker based in Atlanta, Georgia. Financial terms were not disclosed. Risk Innovations was founded in 2002 and has been led by Bruce …

Florida Insurance Agents Improvise to Stay Connected During Hurricane Michael Recovery

 - 12/05/2018
The page has finally turned on the tumultuous 2018 hurricane season, but for the agents who live and work in the Florida Panhandle the story isn’t over – personally or professionally. “We all still feel like we’re in hurricane mode …

North Carolina Legislature Finalizes $300M Hurricane Relief Spending

 - 12/04/2018
Nearly $300 million in additional state spending to address North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence received quick and unanimous approval from the state legislature and the governor. The House voted Thursday to send the relief measure to Gov. Roy Cooper, …

$5K Reward Offered for Guns Stolen From Georgia Firearms Store

 - 12/04/2018
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are offering a $5,000 reward for information about guns stolen from a Georgia store. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports each organization is offering $2,500 for information that …

Florida Extends Continuing Education Deadline for Insurance Professionals

 - 12/04/2018
Licensed insurance professionals working in the Florida Panhandle have been granted an extension of continuing education deadlines in an effort to help accelerate Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in the region, according to a statement from Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. …

Former AmWINS VP Steinmetz Joins USG in Florida

 - 12/04/2018
USG has hired Kim Steinmetz as producer/broker to its branch in Tampa, Fla. Steinmetz joins the USG team with 16 years of experience in the industry, specializing in large commercial property. She most recently held the position of assistant Vice …