14 02, 2020

SLTX: Texas Adopts Updated Surplus Lines License Rules for Military Spouses

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The Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX) reported that new rules for surplus lines agents in Texas who are military spouses have been adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) and became effective Feb. 6, 2020. A new …

14 02, 2020

Costs of Obesity in Workplace Highest for Government Workers

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Although obese employees incur higher direct and indirect costs, the extent of obesity-related costs tends to be lower in some industrial sectors than others— including healthcare, reports a study in the February Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This study …

14 02, 2020

Missouri Man Sentenced for Stealing Almost $4M from Former Employer

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A Kirkwood, Mo., man has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $3.8 million in restitution after being convicted of stealing that amount from his former employer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern …

14 02, 2020

Soaking Rains Cause Rock Slide in West Virginia, Prompt Flood Warning Along Ohio River

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Soaking rains caused part of a hillside to collapse in southern West Virginia and prompted a flood warning along the Ohio River. Highways officials said high water forced road closings in multiple counties Thursday. Near Williamson, a rock slide Wednesday …

14 02, 2020

Red Cross: Smoke Alarm Program Reaches Life-Saving Milestone

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ROCK SPRING, Ga. — The American Red Cross of Georgia is celebrating the most lives saved in a single month from its ongoing effort to install free smoke alarms. The agency plans a Thursday ceremony in Rock Spring, Georgia, to …

14 02, 2020

Cruise Industry Gives Asia a Wide Berth as it Seeks to Limit Coronavirus Risks

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BANGKOK –The plight of the cruise ship off Japan with more than 200 coronavirus infections and the shunning of another luxury liner by five ports despite no known cases has led to a sharp change in tack for an industry …

14 02, 2020

Cancer Risk Forces Recall of Weight-Loss Drug Belviq

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Weight-loss drug Belviq will be withdrawn from the U.S. market at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, after research tied it to increased rates of cancer. Belviq came on the market in the U.S. in 2012 and is …

14 02, 2020

Analyst Warns Regulatory Battle Over AI Bias to Grow; Lemonade Argues It’s Fair

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As insurers introduce artificial intelligence into pricing and claims handling activities, regulatory focus on disparate impact will grow into “one of the biggest topics of the next 10 years,” a well-known insurance analyst predicted at an industry conference. V.J. Dowling, …

14 02, 2020

4.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Central California Coast

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 shook California’s central coast on Wednesday but no damage or injuries were immediately reported, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The quake that hit at 7:33 p.m. on the San Andreas Fault was …

14 02, 2020

AssuredPartners Acquires Nevada West Business Insurance Agency, Inc.

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AssuredPartners Inc. has acquired Nevada West Business Insurance Agency Inc. in Las Vegas, Nev. The team of five will remain under the operational leadership of Jeff Maren. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Nevada West Business Insurance Agency currently reports …