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Landlords in Michigan Town Must Ensure Renters Keep Homes Crime-Free

A new ordinance in Saginaw will require renters to pledge to keep their homes free of crime and puts landlords on the hook for making sure tenants obey the rules. The ordinance, dubbed the “crime-free lease addendum,” was approved on …

Texas Earthquake Swarm Linked to Drilling, Wastewater Injection

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with …

Blue Bell Creameries Expands Recall to All of its Products

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria. The company “cannot say with …

Oklahoma Governor Signs Asbestos Cleanup Bill

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill she says clarifies the state Department of Labor’s role in asbestos removal projects in buildings and structures. The measure eliminates language related to asbestos abatement in private and public facilities. It …

Kansas Gov. Says ‘No’ to Expanded Uber Driver Regulation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that would have increased regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, a decision that could face an override vote when the Legislature returns from its annual recess April 29. In a statement, the …

Texas Home Insurers Seek Lawsuit Protection Despite Healthy Profits

Texas home insurers saw a third straight year of healthy profits in 2014 due to higher rates and fewer severe storms across the state. But The Dallas Morning News reports a rising tide of lawsuits filed by homeowners in recent …

Nevada Uber Regulation Bill That Failed Senate Shows Signs of Life

A bill that would allow for ridesharing companies such as Uber in Nevada is showing signs of life after failing a vote of the Nevada Senate. SB439 was granted a deadline waiver on Monday, meaning it can be reconsidered at …

Snow Tire Requirement on Colorado Highway Fails

Colorado drivers won’t need snow tires or chains to drive on Interstate 70 next winter. Negotiations at the state Capitol broke down Tuesday morning when lawmakers from the House and Senate tried to broker an agreement on a snow tire …

Compwest Names Pedroza Business Development Consultant in California

CompWest Insurance Co. has hired Edward Pedroza as a business development consultant in its Northern Los Angeles/Inland Empire territory. Pedroza will be responsible for account underwriting, agency relationships and overall territory management. Pedroza has more than 20 years of insurance …

CNA Appoints Cox as Arkansas, Oklahoma Branch VP

Chicago-based CNA announced it has appointed John Cox as vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches. Cox will be responsible for leading both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA’s customers. He will report to Greg Vezzosi, …

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