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California Lawmakers Pondering Move to Dump Health Insurers

California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state’s health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer healthcare has long been popular on the left. It’s gaining …

Regulators in California Hit PG&E with $8.3M Fine for Deadly Wildfire

Regulators say they have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. The California Public Utilities Commission …

$11.4M Settlement from California Oxygen Equipment Supplier

A company in California’s Bay Area that sells home oxygen equipment has agreed to pay more than $11 million to settle allegations that it profited from filing false reimbursement claims with the government. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the Justice …

Poor Fire Safety at Two-Thirds of Schools in Oregon’s Largest City

Two-thirds of schools in Oregon’s largest district lack sufficient fire safety equipment, according to records obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive. Portland Public Schools has 60 of 89 schools lacking up-to-date alarm systems, complete fire sensor coverage or other life-saving equipment required …

Idaho City Assessing Flood Risks Prior to Federal Maps Release

Boise, Idaho officials have expressed concerns with federal maps that propose adding hundreds of acres to a flood plain in the city, which could increase the cost and difficulty of buying or developing nearby property. The city disagrees with the …

Hippo Launches with Promise of 60-Second Homeowners Insurance Quote

An insuretech company launched in California today with the promise of providing online homeowners insurance quotes in 60 seconds in what the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is calling “the most fundamental redesign of home insurance in recent times.” Hippo Insurance …

AP Specialty’s Epstein Named by RIC as Vice President in California

RIC Insurance General Agency has named Michele Epstein as vice president of management and professional lines. She will be based in Chatsworth, Calif. and produce, enhance and expand these product offerings for RIC’s agency partners. Epstein worked as vice president …

Colorado City Agrees to Pay $212K in Racial Profiling Suit

A Colorado city has agreed to pay $212,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit over the arrest of two black men that was captured on cellphone video and widely viewed on social media. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported the city …

Inspectors Find Continuing Safety Issues at Washington Mental Hospital

Inspectors who visited Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital found that safety problems that thrust the facility into the national spotlight after the escape of two dangerous patients a year ago persist, including neglected patients. And a survey of Western State …

Small Quake Hits California Coast Near Santa Barbara

A small earthquake has rattled parts of the Southern California coast. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the magnitude-3.6 quake hit just before 11 a.m. Sunday about 3 miles east of Santa Barbara. A sheriff’s dispatcher says there are no immediate …

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