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Two and one half years after Hurricane Katrina tried to wipe New Orleans off the face of the planet – the valiant efforts of the brave and determined are rebuilding this beautiful and historic landmark city – so unique in all the world.

 

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

Big Easy Repair Shops Triumph Over Katrina

Revisiting the New Orleans area collision industry professionals who were affected by Hurricane Katrina over two years ago brings good news and bad news. The good news – the shops that are back in business are staffed and busy with repairs. The bad news – not nearly enough progress has been made on the infrastructure of the city and surrounding areas discouraging residents from returning and new workers from relocating to New Orleans.

Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Foti Sticks Up For Katrina Victims

The office of Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr. has filed suit against Allstate Insurance Company, Lafayette Insurance Company, Xactware, Inc., Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, LLC, Insurance Services Office, Inc., State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, USAA Casualty Insurance Company, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Standard Fire Insurance Company and McKinsey & Company for alleged violations of the Louisiana Monopolies Act.

 

Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Fox Employees Take Action

Angry ex-employees are engaged in a class-action lawsuit against former Oklahoma businessman Todd Fox, who has been linked to a start-up retailer in Aspen known as Toddy’s.

 

The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board continues to hold hearings to take public comment on the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) proposal to adopt emissions standards for new motor vehicles.

 

It is not too early to start filling in your 2008 calendar. Start with the 2008 I-CAR Fest scheduled for March 29, 2008 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, from 9 to 5:30 p.m.

 

The Oklahoma state legislature held a meeting in Oklahoma City October 25 to hear views about Oklahoma’s Right to Repair legislation, House Bill 1584. The meeting was held by the Economic Development and Financial Service Committee as part of an interim study to evaluate the content of the bill.

 

Over 60 shops from nine cities in Central Texas converged Sept. 25 in San Marcos to “Ignite Texas.” The fuse was lit by identifying the industry challenges and devising strategies such as consumer education via creation of an advertising co-op and grass roots and lobbyist legislative efforts –traditional and non-traditional.
Monday, 03 December 2007 11:59

Employers Must Pay for Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ruled that employers must pay the cost of providing personal protective equipment needed to protect workers from job-related injuries, reports the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

As part of a citywide effort to save money on fuel, the police department has purchased a fleet of new fuel-efficient cars, Sgt. John Jordan said.