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February 17, 2012

Suit Seeks to Stop Nuclear Plant Expansion

Body Kept at Morgue Over a Year, Family Says in Suit

Citigroup Admits to Defrauding Mortgage Programs

11,000 State Farm Customers Left High And Dry

Trying to Drum Up Column: Business, Some Dentists Make Promises Flouting State Rules

 

 

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Suit Seeks to Stop Nuclear Plant Expansion

A lawsuit has been filed against the expansion of a nuclear reactor in Georgia. The lawsuit, filed by environmental and anti-nuclear groups, says the project was approved without the consideration of "public safety and environmental problems since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor accident." The lawsuit is asking the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to halt the project until judicial review.  Kristi E. Swartz , Atlanta Journal-Constitution  02/16/2012

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Body Kept at Morgue Over a Year, Family Says in Suit

A lawsuit has been filed against Cook County, Ill., accusing the county and the Medical Examiner of leaving a woman's body at a morgue for more than a year without allowing the family to identify the remains. According to the suit, the woman's family "called the morgue regularly in the months after she disappeared, seeking information about unidentified bodies," but were never asked to help identify the body. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.  Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune  02/08/2012

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Citigroup Admits to Defrauding Mortgage Programs

Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $158 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of defrauding the federal mortgage insurance program. As part of the settlement, the company admitted to providing "misleading information about the quality of its mortgages to a federal insurance program." Citigroup announced that it would continue making FHA-insured loans with government support.  Nathaniel Popper and Scott Reckard, LA Times  02/15/2012

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Insurance

 

11,000 State Farm Customers Left High And Dry

State Farm said it will not renew regular homeowner policies - aside from windstorm coverage - affecting 11,000 customers in parts of Orange, Jefferson, Chambers, Galveston and Brazoria counties after May 1. State Farm is the largest homeowner insurer in Texas. Company spokesman Kevin Davis said State Farm's decision doesn't affect properties in counties south of Brazoria and doesn't affect every client even in the counties where the 11,000 are being cut. Alex Winslow, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Texas Watch, which specializes in insurance issues, said State Farm is not repaying longtime customer loyalty with its action. "The company expects loyalty, but gives none in return," he said.  Dan Wallach, Houston Chronicle  02/17/2012

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Editorials/Columns/Letters

 

Trying to Drum Up Column: Business, Some Dentists Make Promises Flouting State Rules

Dentists across North Texas trying to attract new patients promise everything from deep discounts to retail store gift cards for referrals. But a top official at the state regulatory agency that oversees dentists says many promises appearing in advertisements in newspapers, magazines and telephone books are improper and unethical and violate state rules and even state law. The problem is particularly widespread, the state regulator says, because as of March 1, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is changing the way young people up to age 20 enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program will receive dental care. Recipients will have to choose a primary dentist. This has caused a flurry of advertising by dentists seeking new patients, and with that comes a flurry of violations.  Dave Lieber, Star Telegram  02/17/2012

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