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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 …

Jury Awards $730,000 Verdict to UC Davis ‘Whistleblower’

A jury has awarded a $730,000 verdict to a whistleblower who reported on an unethical pain management study on prison inmates by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Janet Keyzer, a former UC Davis administrative nurse, claimed in a …

Select Guard in California Joins The Iroquois Group

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Select Guard Insurance Services LLC has joined The Iroquois Group. Select Guard, division of Westwood Group LLC, offers a range of insurance products with a focus on power sports vehicle insurance. Iroquois is property/casualty insurance agency with …

R-T Specialty Names Dryden Assistant Vice President in California

R-T Specialty Group has named Dina Dryden assistant vice president of RT Binding Authority in the firm’s La Jolla, Calif. Office. Dryden will be responsible for underwriting complex program and non-program risks through pen insurance contracts. Dryden has worked on …

Ladenburg Thalmann to Acquire KMS Financial Services in Washington

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire KMS Financial Services Inc., a Seattle, Wash.-based independent broker-dealer and investment advisor with a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest. Under the terms of the deal, Ladenburg will …

Idaho Farmers Feeling Effect of Russian Ban on Ag Imports

Idaho farmers may feel a small sting from the new Russian ban on food and agricultural imports from the West. Russia was the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture as of last year, according to the Idaho Department of …

$280K Sought by Woman Who Slipped At Oregon Safeway Deli

A woman who says she hurt her back after slipping on a greasy spot at a Safeway store in Sandy, Ore. has filed a lawsuit against the grocery chain. The Oregonian newspaper reported that Tammy Hadley seeks at least $30,000 …

Beecher Carlson Names Robertson-Miller Senior Vice President in West

Beecher Carlson Insurance Services LLC named Paula Robertson-Miller senior vice president of its West Coast executive liability brokerage. Robertson-Miller will report Jeffrey Lattmann, the national executive liability practice leader. Robertson-Miller has more than 15 years of experience in executive liability …

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