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Texas DPS Pledges to Work on Preventing Profiling of Motorists

The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will regularly review traffic stop data to ensure minority motorists aren’t being stopped and searched at higher rates than white drivers. DPS now will review traffic stops for individual troopers, rather than …

Tulsa Geoscience Center Gets Earthquake Sensor; Area Now Has 3

With no signs earthquakes will stop rumbling in the state anytime soon, Oklahoma museums and schools are being targeted to participate in a nationwide citizen science project that tracks — or catches — seismic activity to learn more about quakes …

Ag Disaster Declared in 24 Louisiana Parishes, 2 Texas Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 24 Louisiana parishes and two Texas counties agricultural disaster areas because of last month’s storms and flooding. Eleven parishes are primary disaster areas, and the others are adjacent to them, the Louisiana Department …

Canada’s Regulator Tightens Capital Requirements for Mortgage Insurers

Canada’s financial services regulator released new draft capital requirements for federally regulated mortgage insurers to better reflect growing risks in the country’s housing markets. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Friday the new requirements, which will come …

New Mexico to go after $193M in Premium Taxes

New Mexico failed to collect at least $193 million in taxes on insurance premiums over the past five years, even as the state struggles this year to close a major budget shortfall, according to an independent review of collections. New …

Hailstorm Caused $4M in Damage to City in New Mexico

A small city in southeastern New Mexico is recovering after being hit with a strong hailstorm. The Hobbs News-Sun reported that Jal was struck this weekend with hailstones bigger than golf balls that caused an estimated $4 million in damage. …

Exxon to Pay $12M to Settle over Yellowstone Oil Spill

Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. …

Former California Rideshare Driver Charged with Assaulting Multiple Passengers

A former driver for Uber and Lyft has been charged with sexually assaulting several women while on the job, and Southern California investigators said that there are likely more victims. An 18-year-old college student reported that she was assaulted Friday …

How Clinton, Trump Differ on Health Reform

If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates. Donald Trump’s …

12 Extreme Weather Events of the Summer of 2016

The summer of 2016 has lurched from one extreme weather disaster to another at great cost in lives and damages. Here are just some of the worst and weirdest, according to insurance statistics and meteorologists:  Flooding in China’s Yangtze Basin …

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