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WCRI Report Examines Nevada Workers’ Comp System

“The Nevada workers’ compensation system has undergone dramatic change since 1993” becoming more competitive and allowing private insurers to enter the market, according to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., WCRI recently completed its study of Nevada’s …

Freezing Temperatures Wreak Havoc on Calif. Agriculture, Water Pipes

A deep freeze that has ruined many winter crops in California’s agricultural zones has also wreaked havoc on the state’s urban centers in the form of frozen, broken pipes. Fire departments across Southern California reported receiving hundreds of calls over …

New Mexico Auditor Proposes to Conduct More Fraud Investigations

New Mexico Auditor Hector Balderas wants to send a message to the public and would-be whistleblowers in state and local government: alert his office to potential fraud, corruption or mismanagement. Balderas, a lawyer and former legislator from Wagon Mound, has …

Next Casper Mountain Fire Could Be Far More Damaging

Firefighters warn that the next big wildfire on Casper Mountain could be far more damaging to property than the huge fire that burned much of the area last summer. The Jackson Canyon fire covered 12,000 acres, cost about $4 million …

California CPCU Chapters Host First Annual Golf Tournament

The Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, California El Camino and Orange Empire Chapters of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting Society are sponsoring their First Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Brookside’s Koiner Golf Course, next to the …

Man’s Cell Phone Ignites in Pocket, Causing Serious Burns

A cell phone apparently ignited in a Vallejo, Calif., man’s pocket and started a fire that burned his hotel room and caused severe burns over half his body, fire department officials said. Luis Picaso, 59, was in stable condition Monday …

Guy Carpenter Names Zillgitt Senior VP

Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC, a global risk and reinsurance specialist and part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, has appointed Garick Zillgitt senior vice president and western region business development leader. Zillgitt, based in San Francisco, will focus on …

Monterey County Contractor Accused of Leaving Workers Without Workers’ Comp

A longtime Monterey County, Calif., construction contractor is facing charges that he has not insured his employees for on-the-job injuries, according to the California Department of Insurance. Herman L. Johnson, 64, of Marina, Calif., is scheduled to appear in Monterey …

Silicon Valley Oenophiles on Alert after Brazen Wine Heist

Silicon Valley oenophiles are on alert after a brazen robbery Jan. 4, when thieves broke into a posh home here and stole more than 150 bottles of wine. Estimated value: $500,000. The heist — thought to be one of the …

Report: 148 Places around Hawaii Lack Emergency Sirens

More than 100 spots around Hawaii, from Oahu’s Sunset Beach to Kihei Commercial Center on Maui, lack emergency sires needed to warn people about tsunami and other natural disasters. A state Civil Defense Agency list obtained by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin …

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