June 27, 2017

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:52:11 +0000
DeKalb County in Georgia has been fined $294,000 for spilling sewage into public waterways and underreporting the number of spills to environmental regulators. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fines were levied this week. The largest part o...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:48:37 +0000
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Evangeline Parish in Louisiana as a primary natural disaster area as the result of losses and damages caused by heavy and excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2017, through May 23, 2017. …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:40:23 +0000
The North Dakota State Water Commission has agreed to pay more than $950,000 to Minot to help cover the cost of repairs and upgrades to the city’s existing levee system. The project includes removing trees and repairing erosion damage along …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:39:40 +0000
A new cyber attack similar to WannaCry is spreading from Europe to the U.S., hitting port operators in New York and Rotterdam, disrupting government systems in Kiev, and disabling operations at companies including Rosneft PJSC and advertiser WPP Plc....
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:37:12 +0000
The Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (IIAAR) selected Columbus, Ohio-based State Auto Insurance Companies to receive the group’s Company of the Year award. State Auto was presented with the award at the IIAAR’s 116th Annual Convention in Grapev...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:25:35 +0000
The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:10:04 +0000
Fort Worth-based independent insurance broker, Higginbotham, and Painter & Johnson Financial have merged their insurance operations in Central Texas. Painter & Johnson Financial is a broker of insurance, securities and employee benefits, based in Bro...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:59:40 +0000
Southeast Michigan is becoming a leader in developing “connected” roads and traffic signals that will “talk” directly to the next generation of cars. The features are the building blocks that will eventually guide self-driving cars safely to their inte...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:35:39 +0000
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will discuss three different options for on-site marijuana consumption proposed by board members at its next meeting. Board member Loren Jones’s proposal would make it legal to try marijuana then leave. The site could...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:10 +0000
An arson team in California is investigating after two vacant buildings were destroyed by fire at the 129-year-old Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles County. Officials say crews responded to the first fire around 2:30 a.m. ...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:31:02 +0000
Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along a river in California, the result of the state’s huge springtime snowpack melting in the summer heat. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office posted aerial phot...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:27:58 +0000
The nation’s largest wildfire is burning in Utah and has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a mountain area that’s home to a ski town. Firefighters battled high winds Monday as they fought a fire …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:23:56 +0000
Wells Fargo is selling its commercial insurance business to national brokerage USI Insurance Services. USI said it has agreed to acquire Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA that includes commercial insurance brokerage and consulting, employee benefits a...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:07:12 +0000
Specialty insurer Hiscox has a new chief operating officer for its Hiscox USA business unit.  Josh Nevin brings more than a decade of experience in operations and business development to his new role. Nevin will be based in Atlanta and …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:54:46 +0000
Basic rules of the road are needed before lawmakers allow companies from Apple Inc. to Ford Motor Co. to dramatically expand testing of self-driving cars, safety and consumer advocates will tell lawmakers today. Automakers should be required to certify...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:39:21 +0000
Chubb has appointed Leigh Anne Sherman to lead its Private/Not-For-Profit Management Liability business within the North America Financial Lines division. Sherman will have overall responsibility for leading the unit’s retail business, which focuses ...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:28:30 +0000
The U.S. property/casualty insurance industry saw its net income fall to $7.7 billion in first-quarter 2017 from $13.4 billion in first-quarter 2016, a 42.2 percent decline. Also, its overall profitability as measured by its annualized rate of return o...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:48:41 +0000
Two tornadoes touched down in a New Jersey community as severe thunderstorms roared through the state, weather forecasters said. The first tornado hit Howell Township around 7:20 a.m. Saturday, while the second touched down about six minutes later, the...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:44:46 +0000
Malt barley farmers in 44 upstate New York counties are now eligible for crop insurance from the federal government. Malt barley is a necessary ingredient in beer and spirits, and the lack of crop insurance had hindered expansion of the …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:37:22 +0000
XL Catlin is continuing to expand its inland marine field operations with the recent addition of Maria Klein as a senior underwriter in Baltimore, Md. “For the last several years, we’ve been expanding our operations, putting our inland marine insu...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:28:58 +0000
OceanPoint Insurance Agency has acquired Christopher & Regan Insurance of North Kingstown, R.I. The acquisition comes as OceanPoint Insurance has been seeking to expand its coverage in North Kingstown and South County, President and CEO Doug Mayhew sai...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:56:53 +0000
“External cladding, made from combustible material can often cause significant fire spread upwards and between buildings, which is a particular concern for areas of high building density.” This now sadly prophetic statement was the Association of Briti...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:17:35 +0000
CNA Hardy, a specialist commercial insurance provider for clients within the Lloyd’s and company markets, announced the appointment of Alistair Marriott as head of Cargo for its Lloyd’s platform. Reporting to Carl Day, head of Energy and Marine, Marrio...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:59:47 +0000
Three out of four oil and natural gas companies fell victim to at least one cyber attack last year as hacking efforts against the industry become more frequent and sophisticated. That’s the finding from a report released Monday by industry consultant …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:39:39 +0000
Pen Underwriting* has launched a new product to address the UK construction industry’s wide-ranging, complex risk exposures. Backed by “A”-rated capacity from specialist insurer CNA Hardy, the single wording, multi-section cover can be offered on an an...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:16:30 +0000
Arconic Inc. said on Monday it will stop global sales of plastic-filled aluminum cladding panels for use in high-rise buildings after a fire in London’s Grenfell Tower, which used those Arconic panels, killed at least 79 people. Shares of the company, …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:21:40 +0000
XL Catlin has entered into an exclusive underwriting agreement with The McGowan Companies to provide workplace violence insurance to U.S. businesses. Nearly two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, according to the Occu...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:11:58 +0000
A former teacher and volleyball coach is receiving a $500,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a Kentucky school district where she said she became the victim of a retaliation campaign for advocating for equal treatment of male and female athletes. …
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:01:08 +0000
Gov. Rick Scott has tapped Jimmy Patronis, a member of the Florida Public Service Commission and a former Florida State Representative, as Florida’s next chief financial officer, according to a statement from the governor’s office. “I am honored to app...
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:00:46 +0000
Apple Inc. is working with Cisco Systems Inc. to help businesses that primarily use gear from both companies to get a discount on cyber-security insurance premiums, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said on Monday. Sharing a stage with Cisco CEO …