Maryland officials will appeal a federalgovernment's decision to deny millions of dollars in disaster aidsought by the state, following the Freddie Gray riots in Baltimorethat left the state with excessive repair costs. DougMayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan said in a letterto the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that thegovernor's office “will be pushing to have the decisionreversed.” FEMA's decision, which claims that the aid was“not appropriate” for rioting events, is under review by the HoganAdministration. If granted, the FEMA aid would cover 75% ofeligible costs for state and city public agencies.

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) ismaking it possible for students in 19 global cities to acquirevaluable skills in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workreadiness through a generous grant of $425,000 to implement JuniorAchievement USA® (JA) programs. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade will benefit from JAprogramming during the 2015–2016 school year. The initiative willenable students to learn important skills, including creating abudget, becoming work-ready and developing a business plan. AIGemployees will serve as JA classroom volunteers and board members,while supporting other special events.

Leavitt Group's Las Vegas office was recentlyawarded an “Agency Excellence Award” at the group's annualconference. Wade Leavitt, local managing co-owner of LeavittInsurance Agency, who accepted the award with co-owner DaveJohnson, was also recognized for his 30-year service with thecompany.

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Trudy Knockless

Trudy Knockless is a reporter on ALM Media's Business of Law desk.  She has a background serving legal and insurance publications. Contact her at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at Trudy Knockless.