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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 …

Group Suing Chemical Giant Dow over Pesticide Used in California

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in …

Former L.A. Broker Convicted of Stealing Insurance Premiums

Martin McCloskey, 69, of Piñon Hills, Calif., pleaded guilty this week to three felony counts of grand theft and theft of fiduciary funds after defrauding his customers by failing to remit to insurance companies more than $58,000 in premiums he …

Worldwide Facilities Taps Perry As a Broker in Arizona

Worldwide Facilities LLC has added Aaron Perry to its team of brokers in Phoenix, Ariz. He focuses on construction and manufacturing. Perry has six years of wholesale insurance experience. He was previously with firms including Horizon Risk Insurance Services Inc., …

NIF Group Adds Property, Inland Marine Coverage to Luxury Homebuilders Program

NIF Group, Inc. and ProSight Specialty have added property and inland marine coverages to the Luxury Homebuilders and Remodelers Program currently available in Calif., Ariz., Nev., and Wash. The Luxury Homebuilders and Remodelers Program is designed for the “high-end” general …

California Wildfire Now Costliest in U.S. History to Fight at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released this week. The fire has cost $206.7 million …

Autonomous Vehicles Involved in Arizona Crashes

Google says three of its self-driving vehicles were involved in crashes in the Phoenix, Ariz. metro area in August. The California-based company says its drivers were manually controlling the vehicles during two of the accidents, but the third was operating …

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