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Minor Temblor Reported off Bay in Washington

A small earthquake struck near Port Townsend in Admiralty Bay. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the earthquake happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday between Port Townsend and Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island. The 3.1-magnitude quake occurred at a depth of …

Everest Joins California Workers’ Comp Rating Bureau Governing Committee

The Everest National Insurance Co. has joined the Governing Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. The WCIRB Governing Committee is responsible for setting policy and overseeing the management of the affairs of the WCIRB. The WCIRB …

Wyoming Flood Preparations Follow Flood Predictions

Fremont County, Wyo. residents and disaster response officials are making preparations for spring flooding. Predictions are that the county could see its biggest runoff from the mountain snowpack in decades. National Weather Service hydrologists say the Wind and Little Wind …

Idaho Governor Issues Warnings over Potential Flood Disasters

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says residents facing possible flooding in some areas of the state aren’t taking what he calls a potential disaster seriously. About a dozen state and federal officials at a news conference Wednesday in Boise described …

Managers Made Errors in Handling California Dam Crisis

Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: “This is not good.” Over six …

$40M Workers’ Comp Medical Kickback Operation in California Shut Down

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas on Thursday announced a shutdown of a $40 million fraudulent medical billing and kickback operation and the filing of charges against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and …

Wyoming County February Storm Caused $2.8M in Damage

Officials estimate a February storm that cut power to thousands of homes in Teton County, Wyo. and prompted a disaster declaration caused nearly $3 million in damages. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported Nancy Casper with the Federal Emergency …

Family Sues Mental Health Contractor in Oregon Bridge Suicide

The family of a woman who jumped off the Astoria Bridge in northwestern Oregon seeks nearly $1 million in a lawsuit filed against a county mental health contractor. The lawsuit filed Saturday alleges Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare was negligent in not …

$1M Settlement in Police Shooting in Colorado Capital

City councilors in Denver, Colo. have approved a nearly $1 million settlement with the family of a teenager who was shot and killed by police while driving a stolen car toward an officer in 2015. The proposed settlement in the …

Arizona Lawmakers to Take up Texting While Driving Ban for Teens

The Arizona House is planning to debate legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license. The debate comes two days after Speaker J.D. …

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