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Trans World Assurance stripped of license


ATLANTA --- Georgia's insurance commissioner has revoked the license of a life insurance company, banning it from selling policies in the state.

It's the first time John Oxendine has barred an insurer from the state since he took office in 1995.

Trans World Assurance was also fined $214,000 and ordered to refund money collected from active-duty military personnel. It must still service contracts sold before September 2007.

Mr. Oxendine says the company targeted military personnel with a deceptive sales program. He says it committed violations of the state insurance code.

Jury indicts man in crash that killed 4

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. --- A Gwinnett County jury has indicted a Winder man in a highway crash that killed four people after authorities say he drove home from an Atlanta Braves game at more than 100 miles per hour.

Carmon Rhoden, 21, was indicted on 11 counts Thursday in the March 31 crash that killed three members of the same Lawrenceville family, who were returning home from a friend's wedding. He faces four counts each of vehicular homicide and failure to stop or return to the scene of an accident.

Mr. Rhoden remains in the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

Batman ride reopens after teen decapitated

AUSTELL, GA. --- A popular roller coaster that decapitated a teenager last weekend has reopened.

A park spokeswoman says the Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia reopened Wednesday morning.

The state Department of Labor gave the go-ahead after inspecting the ride.

The agency recommended that more security personnel be stationed in the area and that more signs and fencing should be posted around the attraction.

Workers to get money in harassment claims

ATLANTA --- The state Department of Transportation will pay about $150,000 to two employees who complained that former Vice Chairman Garland Pinholster made sexual comments to them.

The women contend Mr. Pinholster made sexually charged statements when he took them to lunch.

Mr. Pinholster has declined to comment.

-- Edited from wire reports