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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
A third Baltimore woman has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against State Farm Insurance Co. and one of its agents, Obie A. Sorrell, alleging that he sexually harassed her in the Randallstown office where they worked. Thomasine Price says she was subjected to crude behavior, insults and sexual propositions by Sorrell since shortly after she was hired a year ago. In November, two other women made similar allegations against Sorrell in a lawsuit filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The State Highway Administration will spend nearly $15 million in the next six years to expand overnight patrols and increase the number of traffic cameras operating along major highways across the state. The changes will enable quicker assistance to drivers who become stranded or are involved in accidents, decreasing the impact on traffic, SHA Administrator Melinda Peters said Tuesday. "What we found is, if we can clear an overnight incident prior to rush hour, it makes a huge difference for people commuting," Peters said.
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SPORTS
By Kathy Bergen, Tribune Newspapers | July 24, 2012
State Farm Insurance has pulled direct sponsorship of Penn State football for the 2012 season in the wake of the sex abuse scandal at the university, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The decision by the Bloomington, Ill.-based company was made in the middle of last year's season but became public Tuesday in a Huffington Post report. "It's a result of all the information that has been going on with Penn State over the last year," said spokeswoman Arlene Lester. "The decision was based on our business needs at this time.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Maryland officials pulled back a proposed regulation Monday aimed at reducing farm runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay after chicken growers warned it could cripple the state's lucrative poultry industry if imposed now. The state Department of Agriculture announced it had withdrawn its request to make immediate changes to rules governing where farmers may use chicken manure to fertilize their crops, two days before a scheduled legislative hearing...
BUSINESS
March 4, 1992
State Farm Insurance Co. plans to build a $32 million, 355,000-square-foot regional headquarters in Frederick, a move that will keep 678 jobs there, the company's regional vice president said yesterday."
BUSINESS
September 3, 1997
State Farm Mutual Automobile Co. said yesterday that it will decrease its Maryland premiums by an average of 1.6 percent starting Oct. 1.It is the company's first premium reduction for its comprehensive, collision, personal injury and liability coverage since a 4.4 percent cut in October 1993."
BUSINESS
By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Evening Sun Staff | October 19, 1990
State Farm Insurance Companies, the largest insurer of automobiles in Maryland, wants to do something unusual -- cut auto insurance rates in most of Baltimore.In a filing with the state Insurance Division, State Farm is proposing to cut the average automobile insurance rate for most of its city policyholders by 1.4 percent. The average rate includes liability, collision and comprehensive coverage.Rates would rise in a small part of north and northeast Baltimore.The Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer said its proposal is based on experience in Baltimore that indicates overall costs have declined relative to other parts of the state.
BUSINESS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | September 1, 1999
First, the good news. You've just gotten your driver's license. At last, the mall-lined thoroughfares and open roads are yours to explore. No more pleading for a lift from Mom; now it's your hands on the wheel and your foot on the gas. Happy trails.Now, the bad news. Look at your auto insurance bill. No, you won't be able to earn that much money by selling a kidney on the black market.To woo customers in the competitive auto insurance market, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. today is announcing an unique pilot program that the company says will reduce insurance sticker shock for young drivers and their parents.
BUSINESS
By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | January 14, 1997
State Farm Insurance Cos. has taken control of three Columbia office buildings owned by the Manekin Corp., the third time since 1992 that the life insurance giant has seized assets belonging to the Baltimore development firm for not maintaining mortgage payments.State Farm's action regarding the four-story General Physics Building and two adjacent two-story office buildings, however, represents an aberration in an otherwise healthy office market, analysts said."We got an 'A' for effort in that the buildings are almost fully occupied, but a 'D' because the market couldn't support the necessary rents," said Donald Manekin, a Manekin senior vice president.
BUSINESS
By Ameet Sachdev and Ameet Sachdev,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | January 11, 2005
State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. will pay $40 million to thousands of car owners nationwide who did not know they had purchased stolen or salvaged vehicles. The Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer reached a settlement announced yesterday with 49 states, including Maryland, after it discovered that it had not obtained proper titles for up to 40,000 vehicles that it had assumed from policyholders because of damage or theft. The title errors are possible violations of state consumer fraud laws that require full disclosure of vehicle histories, because the vehicles were resold.
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August 12, 2013
State Farm is a supporting partner in the mission to raise awareness of affordable housing issues for veterans and military families, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna announced recently. State Farm's $8,000 donation will help the military community and volunteers build a home for a deserving family in Harford County. Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna and State Farm are committed to meeting the needs of the community by focusing on promoting first-time homeownership through affordable housing Local State Farm employees from the Tomlinson Agency continued their support of Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna by volunteering on the construction site Saturday morning.
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Letter to The Aegis | December 26, 2012
Editor: On the evening of Nov. 16, Patterson Mill Middle High School PTSA sponsored its sixth annual PTSA Bingo. This event is our PTSA's primary fundraiser, funding activities and programs for both Middle School and High School students and faculty. Without a tremendous amount of help, this event would not be possible. Therefore, Sue Parks and Renee Guerassio, on behalf of the PMMHS PTSA  would like to say a tremendous THANK YOU to the following businesses, organizations and families for their generous donations and support: Arbonne; Applebee's; Arena Club; Aruba Tanning Salon; Back to the Racks; The Baltimore Orioles; The Baltimore Ravens; Barnes & Noble; Bath and Body Works; Bel Air Athletic Club; Billiards Bar and Grill; Chick-Fil-A; Chili's; Classic Snacks - Jay Lloyd; Carol Benson and Family; Coffee Coffee; Dawn Markovic; The Deane Grandparents; Dunkin Donuts; Edible Arrangements; Edna Engle; Einstein Brothers Bagels; Famous Dave's; Firestone - Edgewood; Five Guys; Flowers by Lucy; Fortunato's; Friendly's; Friendship Wine & Liquors; Girlee Gurlz; Angles Hair Team; Dark Horse; Duclaw's; Italian Sensations; Hair Cuttery; Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy; Jiffy Lube; Kathy Yokemick; The Lloyd Family; Looney's Pub; Mary Margaret Jacobs and Family; Mastercuts; McComas Funeral Home; McDonalds; Meryl Norman - Dawn Markovic; Michael Bogner and Family; Michele Deane and Family; Michelle Kennedy; The Mill; M&J Complete Auto Care; Outback Steakhouse;...
SPORTS
By Kathy Bergen, Tribune Newspapers | July 24, 2012
State Farm Insurance has pulled direct sponsorship of Penn State football for the 2012 season in the wake of the sex abuse scandal at the university, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday. The decision by the Bloomington, Ill.-based company was made in the middle of last year's season but became public Tuesday in a Huffington Post report. "It's a result of all the information that has been going on with Penn State over the last year," said spokeswoman Arlene Lester. "The decision was based on our business needs at this time.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 30, 2011
Gertrude H. Crist, an education advocate who was inducted into Howard County's Women's Hall of Fame, died of respiratory disease April 21 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community. She was 92. She was born Gertrude Hartman on her grandparents' farm in Oakes, N.D. Her parents raised her on a farm near Aberdeen, S.D. She attended the Barnard Consolidated School and South Dakota State University in Brookings. Mrs. Crist moved to Maryland in 1938, where her older brother was attending agricultural school at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post | February 20, 2011
FedEx is a shipping company — except on football Sundays in Washington. Verizon is a communications company, unless professional hockey is being played at the home of the Capitals. Verizon competes with Comcast, unless you're talking about the home court of the University of Maryland Terrapins. Now, State Farm Insurance wants to be identified as a good Samaritan by drivers whose cars go kaput on Maryland highways. Just like FedEx, Verizon and Comcast, the insurance company has entered into a partnership — albeit somewhat less glamorous than the others — with the state of Maryland.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 31, 2011
John Francis Welsh, a retired State Farm Insurance Co. executive and former Baltimore resident, died Jan. 21 of pulmonary fibrosis at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in Houston. He was 84. Mr. Welsh, the youngest of eight siblings, was born in Baltimore and raised on Preston Street. His parents had died by the time he had turned 7. He was unusually intelligent, family members said, and had taught himself to read the newspaper by the time he was 5. An older sister had him tested for the orphan scholar program at McDonogh School, and after scoring high on the admission test, he entered the Owings Mills school in 1934.
BUSINESS
By June Arney | October 10, 1999
LAST WEEK an Illinois jury ordered State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., the nation's largest auto insurer, to pay $456 million for requiring auto-body shops to use generic replacement parts. The class action lawsuit, representing 4.7 million State Farm policyholders, claimed that the parts were made without factory specifications and did not provide the same level of fit, finish, corrosion resistance and, in some cases, safety, as automakers' parts. During the six-week trial, State Farm portrayed itself as a champion for consumers by tackling what it described as the auto manufacturers' monopoly on auto-body parts.
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1998
State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has agreed to reinspect the siding of nearly 150 homes that were damaged in a hailstorm in November 1996, the Maryland Insurance Administration announced Monday.The owners of the homes in Severn and elsewhere had filed complaints against the company.Homeowners in the Provinces neighborhood of Severn complained to the insurance administration last year after State Farm adjusters said they would pay only to replace damaged siding. The homeowners said the color of the new siding would not match the old siding that was not damaged and demanded that State Farm pay to replace all of their siding.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
State Farm said Thursday that a glitch in its automated billing process resulted in 80,000 customers, including about 4,300 in Maryland, being charged twice as much as usual this month. The problem affected customers in a dozen states and the District of Columbia who have monthly premiums automatically debited from their bank account, said spokesman Phil Supple. The insurer is still looking into the cause of the problem. It became aware of the double-billing Wednesday morning and within 24 hours returned the overpayment to customers' accounts, Supple said.
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