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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

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rbk 07/03/08 - 07:14 am
It won't matter how many more

It won't matter how many more signs they post at six flags. The fences are there to keep people out and they shouldn't need any signs to keep them out. This boy was old enough to know better and to be able to read the signs. He just decided he was going to do what he wanted, regardless of the fences and signs. Now I hear his family wants to sue six flags. What a farce! If the judges have any sense, they will throw it out of court, but a lot of judges these days don't have any sense. Neither do jurors who say "oh, that company has lots of money, lets award that woman that got scalded by her coffee a lot of their money".

1trugent 07/03/08 - 08:52 am
I hope I'm hearing things

I hope I'm hearing things when you tell me his family is planning to sue. Why not aim that high-powered projector at themselves for lack of parenting. Since he was so young and didn't know the meaning of the word "warning" and "fence" then he should have been properly supervised. Again, its not like the coaster jumped the track, he was TRESPASSING!

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