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Maryland County Eyes Doubling Fines for Passing School Buses

Police have issued tickets to 730 drivers for passing stopped school buses in Maryland’s Montgomery County in the past nine months. Police say that number is way too high. In Maryland’s Washington County, just over 100 tickets were issued during …

Massachusetts AG Coakley Proposes Council to Study Safety Threats

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says if elected governor she’ll tap two former Democratic rivals to head a new council to study emergency preparedness in Massachusetts. Coakley announced Wednesday that she has asked Don Berwick and Juliette Kayyem to lead …

A Few Thoughts for Insurance Entrepreneurs

Managerial flexiblity, effective communication, selecting and placing employees wisely, customer care and reputational risk are some of the factors would-be entrepreneurs need to consider when contemplating running their own businesses, according to one insurance executive with the work history to support his …

Penn. Dept. of Transportation Target of Civil Suit in Fatal Crash

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is defending itself from a civil suit alleging it is partly at fault for a car crash that killed a 15-year-old girl in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, reports that a Luzerne …

The Pitfalls of Rejecting a Defense Under Texas ‘Same Facts’ Test

Texas law recognizes that an insurer’s reservation of rights can create a potential conflict of interest. Northern County Mut. Ins. Co. v. Davalos, 140 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. 2004). Although there is a potential for conflict in this situation, the assertion of …

Bus Passengers File Suit over Crash Near Indianapolis

Four people who were on board a double-decker passenger bus that crashed near Indianapolis, Ind., are suing the bus company. The Chicago residents filed the lawsuit Oct. 15 in a Cook County, Ill., court, claiming negligence by the Megabus line …

Existing Protocols for Ebola Questioned

As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt …

Homeowners Sue Golf Course For Negligence in California Fire

A group of homeowners has sued a golf course owner for negligence, stemming from a wildfire that destroyed eight houses, two businesses and an apartment complex near San Diego. The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego Superior Court blames …

Tropical Storm Ana Forecast to Impact Hawaii This Weekend

A Central Pacific Hurricane Center advisory shows Tropical Storm Ana is located 315 miles south-southwest of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. While Ana is gradually strengthening, and may achieve hurricane status later today, the storm is …

Health Official: 7 Quarantined in Ohio for Ebola

A health official says at least seven people in northeast Ohio are quarantined and being monitored because they had contact with a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after visiting the area. The Summit County Public Health medical director …

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