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Warm Weather Means MORE Chimney Fires in Vermont.

Vermont is having an unseasonably warm winter, and Fire Chief Doug Winot, of Townshend, says that means an increase in chimney fires. How does one follow the other? Well, according to an interview Winot did with the Brattleboro Reformer when people burn green wood, as opposed to dried firewood, or have a fire that doesn’t […]

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Thursday Filmstrip: Century 21 Superbowl Commercial

This Sunday is the 2012 Superbowl. It’s a day of fun, family, and food, and even if you’re not particularly interested in the game itself, chances are you’re tuning in to watch the commercials. This one is from Century 21 – we’re sharing it because we think it’s a great ad, but also because we […]

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Alabama Still Tallying Insurance Claims from April 2011 Tornado

The Birmingham News, reported recently that insurers have paid out at least $2.2 billion in claims from a tornado that struck last April 27th, and said there are still over 2,500 claims pending. Those numbers are from the Alabama Department of Insurance, and include amounts that state-regulated insurance companies have paid for damage to businesses, […]

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FEMA Says: TX Fire Victims Need Flood Insurance

This may seem counter-intuitive, but FEMA is advising the survivors of last spring and summers’ wildfires in Texas to consider flood insurance on their homes and offices. Why flood insurance? Because when the wildfires burned away the trees, grasses and other vegetation in the scorched areas, the healthy plant roots that usually soak up a […]

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Farmers to Raise Homeowners Rates in Texas

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Farmers Insurance is planning to raise the rates on homeowners insurance and Texas by almost ten percent in 2012. The rate increase will affect about half of the company’s policy holders in the Lone Star State. Specifically, about 350,000 homeowners who currently have either Texas Family or Next […]

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Friday Filmstrip: French Health Care

As health care remains a hot-button issue in our government and with our current crop of political candidates, it’s interesting to look at health care around the world. Here’s a video – admittedly three years old – which looks at the French health care system, which is often considered the best in the world.

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State Farm Requesting Changes on Texas Homeowners Coverage

Stae Farm Insurance filed a notice requesting a rate hike averaging 10 percent across the state in Texas homeowners insurance rates, but company officials were quick to announce that with new and larger discounts, homeowners are likely to see effective increases of only 1.4 percent. Earlier this week, the Dallas Morning News also reported another […]

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Alfa Raises Homeowners Insurance Rates in Alabama

Alabama homeowners, especially those with landlord and farm policies, will be seeing insurance rates that are about 20% higher if their coverage is through Alfa Mutual Group. According to the Alabama state actuary, Charles Angell, this increase is not designed to account for losses caused by a spate of tornadoes which struck the state last […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Military Malpractice Case

On Monday, June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court declined, without comment, to hear the California case Witt vs. U.S., that many activists thought was the best chance in decades to eliminate malpractice liability shields for military hospitals. The case concerned Dean Patrick Witt, a twenty-five-year-old staff sergeant from the Air Force who died after a […]

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