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Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak recently announced that a proposed new law paves the way for more insurance companies to do business in Oklahoma.

Senate Bill 1617, requested by Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak, caps the premium tax on captive insurance companies at $100,000. Captive insurance refers to a subsidiary corporation that provides insurance to the parent company and its affiliates. It allows corporations and groups to take financial control and manage risks by underwriting their own insurance rather than paying premiums to third-party insurers.

by Tim Stanley, Tulsa-World Staff Writer

From Model A door handles to LaSalle chrome grills, the antique car buffs who converged on Andy Hope’s place for his heralded going-out-of-business auction found plenty to get revved up about. Well-known nationally for his work on antique cars, the longtime Tulsa-area auto-body man had built up a mind-boggling collection of old and, in many cases, rare car parts over 25 years. In 1980, with the news that he was retiring and auctioning most of it off, hopeful bidders from across the country came flocking.

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On April 25th, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) hosted a face-to-face meeting of national repair associations, I-CAR, the OEM Roundtable and the vast majority of the top automakers in Oklahoma City prior to the start of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC).

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon and James H. Freis, Jr., Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) within the U.S. Treasury, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at boosting anti-fraud efforts.

A San Antonio company has been fined $46,000 by OSHA in connection with a fatal loading dock accident.

A Yukon High School and Canadian Valley Technology Student competed for eight hours to win a state SkillsUSA championship.