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Liberty Company Insurance Brokers in California Names Lalsa Chief Financial Officer
September 17, 2019
The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers in Woodland Hills, Calif., has named Megvarran Lalsa chief financial officer. Megvarran has 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. Megvarran previously worked at Venbrook Group, SCAN Health Plan, Cresc …

Lawsuit Claims Poor Information About Pipeline Led to Fatal Blast in Alabama
September 17, 2019
A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama. The workers were trying …

Low-Pressure System Off Texas Coast Expected to Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding
September 17, 2019
With a low pressure system hovering off the Texas Gulf Coast that the National Hurricane Center could become a tropical depression, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has elevated the state operations center to an increased readiness (level 3) status. The Texas …

Chicago-Area Contractor Cited, Fined $250K for Fall, Scaffolding Hazards
September 17, 2019
A contractor has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration which says workers were exposed to fall and scaffolding hazards at a commercial building project in Chicago. The Labor Department says that Po …

Indiana’s Protective Insurance Names Barnett as CFO, Omidfar as CIO
September 17, 2019
Carmel, Indiana-based Protective Insurance Corp., a specialty property/casualty holding company in the transportation and workers’ compensation insurance industries, has appointed John Barnett as its new chief financial officer, effective Sept. 30, 2 …

Louisiana Farm Program Receives More Funding for Flood Recovery
September 17, 2019
A Louisiana program aimed at helping farmers recover from extreme flooding events in 2016 has received an additional $10 million in grant awards, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry announced. The additional funds will be made availa …

Gall Named CEO of Texas’ Tricolor Insurance
September 17, 2019
Archie Gall has been named CEO of Tricolor Insurance, an affiliate company of Dallas-based Tricolor, a used vehicle retailer focused on the Hispanic consumer market. Tricolor Insurance, a provider of insurance for subprime vehicle owners, will roll o …

Iowa’s Global Insurance Accelerator to Host 17 Firms for InsurTech Week 2019
September 17, 2019
The Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), a Des Moines, Iowa-based InsurTech accelerator focused on innovation for the insurance industry, says 17 companies will participate in its fifth annual InsurTech Week, being held Oct. 14-18. Designed to amplify …

Prime Minister Johnson’s Brexit Plan Goes to Court as Latest EU Talks End in Failure
September 17, 2019
Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy has been on trial ever since he became prime minister eight weeks ago, and on Tuesday his lawyers will defend it in the U.K.’s highest court. Fresh from being lambasted by a fellow European leader after …

Synthetic Marijuana Sold as CBD in Los Angeles, Tests Show
September 17, 2019
An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing. As part of the investigation, a reporter in Los Angeles purchased …

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