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Florida Court Puts Hold On Smokable Medical Marijuana

 - 06/22/2018
A Florida circuit court has reinstated a stay on smoking medical marijuana. The state’s 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled that the hold will remain in effect “pending final disposition of the merits of (a recent) appeal.” The Department …

Hurricane Irma Blamed for Worst Florida Citrus Crop Since 1940s

 - 06/22/2018
Florida’s citrus growers are blaming Hurricane Irma for one of their worst seasons in decades. In a Naples Daily News report, U.S. agriculture officials said Florida’s orange production dropped nearly 35 percent from the previous season. Grapefruit production was half …

Mississippi Gov Appoints Michel as Director of Emergency Management Agency

 - 06/22/2018
Gov. Phil Bryant is naming another retired military leader to run Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency. Bryant said on Monday said he was appointing Gregory Michel as the agency’s director. Michel was the commander of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg from 2015 …

Florida’s Citizens Delays Decision on Proposed 2019 Rate Increases

 - 06/21/2018
Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will wait until December to determine its 2019 insurance rates and whether it will approve a proposed 7.9 percent statewide increase for homeowners policies. The decision to defer action on the 2019 proposed rates came …

Furlong Joins AmWINS Brokerage of Georgia

 - 06/21/2018
AmWINS Brokerage of Georgia has added Alex Furlong, an energy and environmental specialist, to its casualty team. He will be based in Atlanta. Prior to joining AmWINS, Furlong spent several years as a casualty producer at All Risks, Ltd. Before …

Cause of Fire at Family Dollar Store in Georgia Under Investigation

 - 06/21/2018
Multiple people have been taken to a hospital after a fire broke out at a Family Dollar in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fire happened at a Family Dollar in Dekalb County on Monday morning. Four people inside the …

Survey: Floridians Still Not Adequately Prepared for Hurricane Season

 - 06/20/2018
Just six months after the punishing 2017 season battered the Sunshine State, most Floridians are still not prepared for the potential assault of another hurricane season, according to a survey by the FAIR Foundation. The survey, released last week and …

South Carolina Searching for Man Stealing Cars from Dealerships

 - 06/20/2018
Police across South Carolina are trying to find a man who is taking cars from dealerships across the state. Sumter County deputies said Monday the man most recently stole a new car from a Sumter dealership, drove it to Beaufort …

Investigation of Derailed Florida Roller Coaster that Injured 9 Underway

 - 06/20/2018
Some passengers who were riding a Florida roller coaster when it derailed last week could have lifelong injuries, an attorney for three of the nine riders who were hospitalized said Monday. The riders suffered broken bones, concussions and possible nerve …

North Carolina City Sued by Residents Over Hurricane Matthew Dam Repairs

 - 06/19/2018
Some homeowners are suing a North Carolina city to get dams that were compromised by Hurricane Matthew repaired. The Fayetteville Observer reported residents from four neighborhoods say the city should rebuild the dams even though they are privately owned. The …

Citizens to Implement New Lobbyist Registration System Aug. 1

 - 06/19/2018
Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the Florida state-run insurer of last resort, has devised a new policy requiring lobbyists seeking to lobby the insurer to register via a new online registration system. The new corporate policy comes in response to a …

Mississippi Highway Patrol to Pay $500K in Lawsuit Over Fatal Wreck

 - 06/19/2018
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is paying $500,000 in a lawsuit over a fatal wreck that happened when a state trooper was driving fast on a dark highway without his blue lights flashing. The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. on May …

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Crash Suit by Helicopter Pilot

 - 06/18/2018
The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2009 helicopter accident that left its pilot partially paralyzed. Justices ruled 6-2 that a proper complaint was not filed by Rob Hammons of Greenwood against the …

PIA Southern Alliance Elects Yauney as Chairwoman

 - 06/18/2018
Members of the Professional Insurance Agents Southern Alliance (PIA South) elected Lorie Yauney to serve as chair of the group at its recent annual meeting. The PIA Southern Alliance is the nation’s sixth largest PIA affiliate, serving agents in Alabama, …

Kentucky AG Files Opioid Lawsuit Against Walgreens

 - 06/18/2018
Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general has filed a sixth lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for deceptive marketing of opioid-based painkillers. Andy Beshear announced on Thursday that he has filed a lawsuit against Walgreens in Boone Circuit Court. Beshear says Deerfield, Illinois-based …