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Natural Gas Company to Pay $3.15M Fine for Polluting West Virginia Waterways

 - 02/15/2019
A Colorado-based natural gas producer has agreed to pay a $3.15 million civil penalty to resolve pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release the agency and the West …

Kentucky Governor Voices Support for Medical Marijuana as Legislature Weighs Bill

 - 02/15/2019
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on …

Famed Beachside Bar in Florida Panhandle Destroyed by Fire

 - 02/15/2019
Fire officials in Florida’s Panhandle say a fire has destroyed a famed beachside restaurant and bar. The South Walton Fire District said in a Facebook posting that crews responded to the Red Bar around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Several roads in …

Yamazaki Colwell Joins Alliant in Atlanta

 - 02/15/2019
Yumi Yamazaki Colwell has joined the Employee Benefits Group of Alliant in Atlanta as first vice president. Yamazaki Colwell has experience in the global automotive/manufacturing industry, particularly in the U.S. and Asia, and will provide a full range of benefits …

Mississippi Sues Federal Government Over River Flooding

 - 02/14/2019
The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on …

Tennessee-Based The General Adds Radio Host Bobby Bones as Brand Ambassador

 - 02/14/2019
The General Insurance has tapped nationally syndicated on-air radio personality Bobby Bones as the company’s newest brand ambassador. The General will partner with Bones, who is also a New York Times #1 best-selling author, philanthropist and winner of season 27’s …

South Carolina Opioid Deaths Up 47% Over 3 Years

 - 02/14/2019
Health officials in South Carolina say the number of deaths blamed on opioid use increased 47 percent over three years. News outlets reported the South Carolina Opioid Emergency Response Team released its first annual report on Jan. 31. That report …

Report: Safety Management Gaps Led to 2016 Mississippi Gas Plant Blast

 - 02/14/2019
Gaps in safety management led to a 2016 explosion that idled an Enterprise Products natural gas processing plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for six months, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said in a report on Wednesday. The June 27, 2016 blast …

Ryan Specialty to Acquire International Specialty Insurance Services of North Carolina

 - 02/13/2019
Ryan Specialty Group, LLC has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and operations of International Specialty Insurance Services Inc. (ISI), an independently owned managing general underwriter with offices in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ISI’s team will become part of …

Atlas General Insurance Services Adds Gray to Southeast Team

 - 02/13/2019
Atlas General Insurance Services has hired John Gray as Business Development manager in the Southeast. Gray, who joins Atlas from Appalachian Underwriters, Inc., will work with the Atlas Business Development and Marketing team to grow its presence in the Southeast …

Georgia Apartment Fire Damages 15 Units, Displaces 30 People

 - 02/13/2019
More than 30 people have been forced from their home in an apartment fire near Atlanta. Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services told news outlets the fire was reported around 3:45 p.m. Saturday near Lawrenceville. No injuries were reported in the …

Georgia House Budget Increases Funds for Hurricane, School Safety

 - 02/13/2019
The Georgia House has approved a midyear budget adjustment that increases funding for school safety and farmers hit by the devastation of Hurricane Michael in October. Republican Rep. Terry England, chairman of the House Appropriations committee, said the $192.5 million …

Horse Trainer Suit Alleges Vets Altered X-Ray Dates of Horses at Kentucky Auction

 - 02/12/2019
A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses veterinarians of falsifying the dates on X-rays of horse sold at public auction at the Keeneland racetrack. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit was brought Tom Swearingen, a horse buyer and trainer who says he …

Mississippi Lawmakers Consider Bill Limiting Liability of Property Owners

 - 02/12/2019
Mississippi senators are advancing a bill that would limit people’s ability to sue property owners for injuries or other problems. Senate Bill 2901 passed Thursday by a 32-17 vote. It was held for the possibility of more debate. The bill …

Alera Group Acquires Whipple & Company of Florida

 - 02/12/2019
Alera Group, a national insurance firm, has acquired Whipple & Company, effective Feb. 1, 2019. Terms of the transaction were not announced. Whipple & Company, based in Boca Raton, Fla., was founded in late 2016 by Melissa Whipple, who remains …