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Washington Puts Landslide-Inspired Topo Maps Online

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is following through with a key safety recommendation that arose in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, as it starts to post intricate topographical maps online. The state generates the maps through laser-imaging technology known …

Utah University Wants Lawsuit Over Frat Party Assault Dismissed

Utah State University and a fraternity are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former student accusing the school and organization of failing to act on reports of sexual assault and heavy drinking at parties. The student, …

Idaho Governor Orders Cybersecurity Improvements for the State

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state’s computer networks from hackers. The order signed this week creates a director of Information Security position, with that person reporting directly to the governor. The …

Universal Group Taps McCoy to Lead Arizona Business Unit

Universal Group LTD, based in Omaha, Neb., has named Mike McCoy as president of its newly formed business unit in Arizona. Based in Phoenix, McCoy will serve as agency principal in charge of sales and marketing for Universal Group Arizona. …

Comment Period on California Workers’ Comp Lien Claimant Rules Extended

California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has extended the public comment period for proposed rulemaking changes that require certain workers’ comp lien claimants to file a declaration that includes information regarding the type of services provided by the lien claimant. …

California Stays More than $1B in Liens Linked to Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has stayed more than 200,000 liens worth a combined claim value of more than $1 billion that are linked to 75 medical providers facing criminal fraud charges. The DIR announced the liens in conjunction with …

California’s Climate Risk Database Calls Out Insurer Carbon Investments

A new interactive database with extensive information on insurer investments in fossil fuels was unveiled today by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones released the results of his Climate Risk Carbon Initiative, which include information on the amount of oil, …

Officials in Montana Officials Issue Ice Jam, Flooding Warnings

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is warning that heavy ice on waterways could break apart in some areas, possibly causing ice jams and flooding. The Daily Inter Lake reported the temperatures are expected to climb this week, …

USG Confirms Small Quake in California’s Central Coast

A small earthquake has rattled California’s central coast near the famed Hearst Castle, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed. The USGS reported the 3.2 magnitude quake hit 6:55 a.m. Tuesday about eight miles northeast of San Simeon and about 20 miles west …

PCI Throws Support Behind Montana Bill Aimed at Storm-damage Contractors

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is throwing its support behind a bill in Montana that would toughen rules on storm-damage contractors. House Bill 222, authored by Dennis Lenz, R-Billings, would create the Montana Exterior Residential Storm Damage Repair …

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