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El Nino Dissipating, but Effects Not Gone

Reuters is reporting today that the currently active El Nino weather anomaly, which causes abnormal warming of the water in the equatorial parts of the Pacific Ocean, is dissipating, and – in the Northern Hemisphere – it should be gone by early summer, though there is a chance it may merely weaken substantially, and linger […]

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State Farm Excels at Consumer Satisfaction

It should be no surprise that our current unstable economy has affected everything from the amount of merchandise on store shelves to the number of people taking vacations, but what may be surprising is that the adverse effects are extended to the quality of service we receive from providers in many different industries. Such quality […]

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Texas Snowfall Means Insurance Claims

Last week’s record snowfall in North Texas – 12.5 inches in 24 hours, as measured at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport – has already resulted in insured losses of $25 million, according to information reported by the Insurance Council of Texas. The heavy accumulation of snow in an area that rarely sees more than a few […]

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16 Months Later: Hurricane Ike Claims Still Being Paid

The Texas Insurance Council has issued an update on the financial aftermath of Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008 calling it “the costliest weather catastrophe in Texas history by a large margin.” So far, the storm has toted up almost $12 billion in windstorm and flood insurance claims in the state. The […]

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Social Events and DUIs: When the Party’s Over

Here’s something not generally included in lists of DUI frequently asked questions: in most states, if you’re serving alcohol to guests in your home, you can be held responsible for what happens to your drunk friends after the party’s over. Whether they end up in a hospital emergency room after tripping and falling, or crashing […]

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