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Oregon’s 1st Recreational Marijuana Recall Issued after High Pesticide Level

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to contain a level of pesticide residue above the state limit. The Blue Magoo marijuana was sold at Buds …

Writer Sues Disney in California over Animated Film ‘Zootopia’

A screenwriter and producer has sued Walt Disney Pictures on claiming the studio copied his ideas to create the Oscar-winning animated film “Zootopia.” Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include work on film adaptations of “Total Recall,” “Minority Report” and “Big …

$14M Suit Filed by Former Oregon Boy Scouts Claiming Sex Abuse

Two men have filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its local branch for $7 million each, claiming they were sexually abused by a former scout leader in Milwaukie in the 1970s. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the lawsuit …

Experts Warn of ‘Significant Risk’ from California Dam

California is not just fighting nature as it attempts to repair the nation’s tallest dam, badly damaged last month by surging storm waters. It’s also racing the clock. Safety experts say there is no time for delay in a state …

Flintstones vs. Jetsons, a Broker Success Story, and How Agencies Can Survive Insuretech

“If we survive the next five to 10 years and improve the way we do things, we can be well-positioned into the future.” James Keating, founder, chairman and CEO of The Keating Group, offered those positive words amid the din …

California Congressmen Introduce Earthquake Mitigation Tax Incentives

A pair of Congressmen from California today introduced the Earthquake Mitigation Incentive and Tax Parity Act of 2017 to exclude incentives for residential seismic retrofits from federal taxation. The act was introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Paul …

Washington Commissioner Supporting Strict Distracted Driving Bills

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is advocating for two distracted driving bills that the state Legislature is considering. House Bill 1371, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and Senate Bill 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, would make the law about …

California Workers’ Comp Report Looks at Spinal Fusion Claims

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

Bickmore in California Names Sharma Finance Manager

Sacramento, Calif.-based Bickmore has named Ritesh Sharma a manager in its finance and accounting services department. Sharma will act as the finance manager for three joint power authorities. He will direct accounting and financial activities and serve as the primary …

California City Seeks to Improve Safety by Scanning License Plates

A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

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