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July 6, 2020American Companies Facing Pressure to Reveal Data on Diversity of Employees
American companies are coming under increasing pressure from investors to publicly disclose information about diversity among employees in the wake of nationwide protests against racial discrimination. Many executives have pledged to champion equalit …


July 6, 2020Utility to Pay $56 Million to Resolve Deadly Massachusetts Gas Blasts Probe
NiSource Inc. will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state’s attorney general said last Thursday. Massachusetts Attorn …


July 6, 2020Climate Change Litigants Argue Human Rights, Consumer Harm in Suing Oil Firms
LONDON/WASHINGTON/GENEVA — Climate change may be having its day in court. With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action. And they are getting crea …


July 2, 2020Congressional Action Plan on Climate Change Applauded by Zurich, IBHS
A Congressional action plan for a clean energy economy is garnering a bit of praise from a few important names in the insurance industry. The House of Representatives in 2019 established the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis to …


July 2, 2020LP Insurance Services Acquires Meridian Insurance Services in Nevada
LP Insurance Services LLC has acquired Meridian Insurance Services in Nevada. As a result of the acquisition, Karen Wagner, former head of sales and service operations for Meridian, has been named the executive vice president of the Southwest Region …


July 2, 2020New Florida Laws Address Climate Issues, Require Sea Level Study for Construction
Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms – and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive …


July 2, 2020Another One Down: Austin City Limits Music Fest Canceled Amid Virus Surge
Austin City Limits has joined the ranks of major music festivals to be canceled because of the coronavirus. Festival organizers said in a statement on July 1 that scrapping the three-day October event was “the only responsible solution.” The announce …


July 2, 2020Midwest Business Leaders: Area’s Economy Improving with Reopening
Business leaders say the economy has begun to recover as businesses reopened in the past month in nine Midwest and Plains states, but it remains weaker than before the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a monthly survey released on July …


July 2, 2020Texas Independent Agents Name Stoffle Account Manager of the Year
The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) has named Karla Stoffle of Upshaw Insurance in Amarillo as Account Manager of the Year. The Account Manager of the Year award is given annually to an account manager in Texas who exemplifies …


July 2, 2020New Indiana State Law Bans Use of Handheld Phone While Driving
Using a handheld cellphone while driving is now illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law that took effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving went onto the books on July 1 after being approved by …

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