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While Gov. Rick Scott should get a boost from improving jobs numbers, state CFO Jeff Atwater recently was rumored to be flirting with the idea of running for U.S. Senate.

Nearly everyone agrees on flood insurance reform. So why is it taking so long to pass a bill?

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s board of directors will consider proposals to raise rates by 4.7 percent overall and allow TWIA to use territorial rating in its rate-setting.

Around Puget Sound, experts agree that subsidized federal flood insurance gives developers an incentive to destroy floodplains and damage key wildlife habitat.

Currently one of just four states where all workers’ comp coverage is government-provided, Ohio has joined Oklahoma in considering a radical change to make the entire system optional.

Also, a recap of our comments on ways states can prepare for natural disasters, and the problem with Florida’s part-time, term-limited Legislature.

Early estimates from the tornadoes and hailstorms that hit Dallas April 3 suggest at least $300 million in insurance claims, with the total projected to rise to potentially as high as $500 million.

The late Thomas Kinkade’s paintings may not ever appreciate in value. But then again, neither do most items bought on the basis of taste.

The Trayvon Martin case has gripped the nation and has put both the shooter and the law that is seemingly protecting him from prosecution on trial in the court of public opinion.

Letter from Washington: NFIP expansion and catastrophe savings accounts

by Eli Lehrer on April 3, 2012 · View Comments

Heartland’s friends at the National Wildlife Federation are filing a lawsuit to prevent expansion of the National Flood Insurance Program to cover environmentally sensitive wetlands near Washington State’s Puget Sound.