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Houston-Area Flood Control District: $155M Needed for Harvey Damage Study, Repairs
The Houston-area flood control district has estimated needing $155 million to study and fix damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey. Workers this week are assessing the storm’s destruction to the Harris County Flood Control District’s 2,500 miles of bayous, creeks and …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:38 PM
Firefighters Hope Better Weather Will Aid Oklahoma Wildfire Fight
Firefighters are hoping higher humidity and milder winds will help them fight wildfires in Oklahoma, though conditions are critical in Arizona and New Mexico. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Todd Schroeder said on April 19 that a fire near Leedey, about …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:34 PM
Florida Lawyer Gets Prison for $23M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme
A Florida man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for his role in a $23 million auto insurance fraud involving chiropractors’ clinics. The SunSentinel reports 55-year-old Jason Dalley wept in court April 16 as a judge …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:33 PM
6 Students Injured in Florida School Bus, Semi Collision
A school bus and a semitractor-trailer collided in Florida, slightly injuring six high school students. News outlets report the bus was carrying about 18 students when it crashed Wednesday in Brooksville, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Tampa. The …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:30 PM
Louisiana Man Admits Setting 9 Fires in Neighborhood, Gets 2 Years
A 44-year-old Louisiana man has admitted setting nine fires in his neighborhood — the last six on his own street. Authorities say he confessed while being interviewed about the last fire, which was set in a car outside his home. …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:29 PM
West Virginia Regulators Monitoring Collapsed Section of Dam
West Virginia regulators are monitoring a damaged dam in the northern part of the state that could potentially fail. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release a worker with the town of Lumberport notified authorities Wednesday …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:29 PM
German Prosecutors Eye Investigation of Auto Supplier Bosch over Emissions Scandal
German prosecutors may widen an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai, according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office. German weekly der Spiegel …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:26 PM
Tractors Worth $50K Stolen from Scottie Pippen’s Arkansas Farm
Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Investigator Mark Griever of the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office says two tractors were stolen from …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:26 PM
Wisconsin Governor Requests Federal Waiver for Reinsurance Program
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration filed a request with the federal government seeking a waiver that would allow Wisconsin to offer a $200 million reinsurance program designed to lower premiums and attract more providers to the private marketplace. Walker told reporters …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:23 PM
How Insurance Brokers, Risk Managers View the Political Dysfunction in Washington
Congress is headed for a “major showdown” over the flood insurance program, according to an insurance broker lobbyist who notes that the program expires July 31, right in the middle of hurricane season. That also happens to be the very …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:21 PM

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