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IFG Companies Named Potts Regional Director in Arizona

IFG Cos. named Vickie L. Potts a regional director in its Scottsdale, Ariz. offices. Potts will be responsible for leading initiatives for the expansion of IFG’s bind operations in the Western and Midwestern states. Potts worked for nearly 17 years …

Southwest Insurance Agents Names Call, Gordon Regional VPs in Arizona

Southwest Insurance Agents Alliance has expanded its team with the addition of Nate Call and William R. Gordon as regional vice presidents for Arizona. Both Call and Gordon will be responsible for membership service, development, and insurance company relations for …

Bolton & Company in California Names Doherty Managing Director

Bolton & Co. named Greg Doherty an executive vice president and managing director of the dietary supplement practice group. Doherty has experience in the dietary supplement and nutraceutical industry, as well as experience working for brokerage and consulting firms. Prior …

Hollywood Development Site Not Over Active Fault

A state official says there is no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed development in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times reported geologist Stephen Testa said Thursday that there’s “a lot of strong evidence” that a fault is …

Probe of Washington Refinery Blast That Killed 7 Closed by Feds

The U.S. Justice Department said it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, Wash. The decision was shared with victims’ relatives on …

California Insurance Agent Faces 96 Felony Counts

Jacob Richard Bonzer, 27, formerly of Lake Forest, Calif. was arrested Wednesday in Chicago by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on 96 felony counts including grand theft, forgery and denial of benefits. According to a joint investigation between the California …

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over SFO Runway Death After Asiana Crash

The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash landing at the San Francisco airport filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained. …

Crop Damage Assessment Underway in Hawaii

Farmers on the Big Island of Hawaii are assessing damage to crops after Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall last weekend. “It was pretty clear to us that the papaya farmers took the highest amount of damage,” Richard Ha, president of …

Beauty Contestant Busted Through Social Media For Workers’ Comp Fraud

Shawna Lynn Palmer, 22, of Riverside has been arrested for workers’ compensation fraud after video evidence showed her participating in the 2014 Miss Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix beauty contest. Palmer, a clerk at Stater Brothers, on March 10 reported …

As Lake Mead Water Levels Drop West Braces

Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake. Hundreds …

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