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Senior VP Weaver to Retire from McGraw Group in California

Brian Weaver, senior vice president of sales for Menlo Park, Calif.-based McGraw Group of Affiliated Cos., will retire effective Sept. 30. Cindy Roth will be joining the McGraw Group as senior vice president of sales and distribution beginning Sept. 24. Weaver has …

Starley-Leavitt Insurance Agency Taps Donnelley in Idaho

Twin Falls, Idaho-based Starley-Leavitt Insurance Agency has named Nikki Donnelley an account executive. Donnelley specializes in commercial insurance for construction and condominium risks.  She has worked in the insurance industry since 1991 and also has experience managing a large construction …

Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed on Utah

A Utah man who suffered a knee injury while working at the Montana State Prison is charged with defrauding the state worker’s compensation fund by collecting total disability benefits while running a construction company. The Independent Record reported the attorney …

Idaho Car Crash Caused by Burned Armpit Hair?

A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday. All five young people in the Ford Bronco were hurt in the crash Sunday …

Explosive Growth From California Wildfire Threatens Homes

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from …

California Governor Signs Bill Earthquake Insurance Information Bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2064, a bill aimed at changing the way Californians learn about earthquake insurance for their homes. Under California law, insurers that sell residential property insurance also must offer earthquake coverage to their policyholders. …

Next up to Test Self-driving Cars on California Roads: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has followed Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit in getting a license to test self- driving vehicles on California roads as the luxury-car makers vie for a market predicted to grow to $87 billion by 2030. Mercedes, the third-biggest producer of …

Parents of Colorado Theater Shooting Victims Sue Ammo Seller

The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack. The lawsuit alleges it was …

Washington’s Puget Sound Jolted by Magnitude-4.0 Quake

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia …

Nevada Truck Firm in Amtrak Crash Could Pay $4.5M+

A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.5 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that found one of its drivers caused a 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured …

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