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Texas Governor Rick Perry has named Mike Geeslin as the state's Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner oversees the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which regulates the insurance industry. 

The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) announced that online registration is live and open at

The California Air Quality Review Board (CARB) is holding a series of public meetings to elicit feedback on its proposed statewide regulations for auto refinishing. The proposed rules would set a tougher standard for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) than are in place today and would standardize rules throughout the state. 

An article in last month's ABN discussed the value and importance of building a company's culture, a common understanding among all employees about "the way we do things around here." 

The Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding a second set of public workshops in Fresno and Oakland on the development of a Suggested Control Measures (SCM) for automotive refinish coatings. 

Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay $1.1 million to resolve its failure to promptly notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to correct a defective oxygen sensor affecting at least 329,000 of their 1999, 2000 and 2001 Golfs, Jettas, and New Beetles, according to federal officials. This is the largest civil penalty to date for this type of violation.