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Iowa Governor Extends Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through July 31 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration was the second extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired …

Oklahoma Supreme Court: Oil Firms Can Be Sued over Quakes

New Dominion LLC can be sued by an Oklahoma woman injured when her fireplace fell on her during an earthquake that she blames on disposal wells tied to fracking. The June 30 ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a …

Western National Approved to Offer Insurance in Arkansas

The Arkansas Insurance Department announced that Western National Mutual Insurance Co. (WNIC) has been approved to conduct business in Arkansas. WNIC is the parent company of the Western National Insurance Group with more than 110 years of experience serving policyholders’ …

New Insurance Rules for California Ridesharing in Effect Today

A new law requiring that ridesharing drivers and companies have liability insurance coverage during all three periods in which they use the ride-sharing application goes into effect today. The rules are in effect under Assembly Bill 2293, which was signed …

Vermont Mutual Completes Leadership Transition With Bridge, McDonnell

Vermont Mutual Insurance Group announced that with the June 30 retirement of CEO William Catto, President Daniel Bridge will take on the chief executive role beginning July 1. In addition, current Senior Vice President Mark McDonnell will elevate to the …

Propel Insurance Acquires Ross & Associates in Oregon

Propel Insurance has acquired Portland, Ore.-based Ross & Associates Insurance Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ross & Associates provides business and personal insurance, including builder’s risk, professional liability employee benefits, workers’ compensation and bonding. Propel is …

Congress Could Get Pacific Trade Pact by Year-End

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he hopes to wrap up a trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim nations soon and send it to the U.S. Congress for approval before the end of the year. Lawmakers last week granted …

Students Sue University of California Over Sex Assault Claims

Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment. The three women said the administrators mishandled their claims, failed …

Suit in Deaths Of 19 Firefighters Settled by Families, Arizona

The state of Arizona has settled a lawsuit brought by a dozen families who lost loved ones when a Hotshot firefighting crew was overcome by a wildfire near the small community of Yarnell. The settlement announced by state Attorney General …

N.Y. Officially Bans Fracking, Ending 7-Year Environmental, Health Review

New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. “After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and …

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