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Utah Train Worker Error Caused Derailment, Report Shows

A Salt Lake City train derailed nearly two months ago because the operator thought he was supposed to go straight and took a curve at more than twice the recommended speed, according to newly released police documents. Operator Bryce Johnson …

CSE Insurance Group Releases New Landlord Insurance Product in California

CSE Insurance Group, a West Coast property and casualty insurance provider, has released a new landlord insurance product to address the complete needs of landlords. The coverage is currently available in California, but will become available in Arizona and Nevada …

Western National Purchases Nevada General and Affiliates

Western National Insurance Group of Edina, Minn. has completed the purchase all of the stock of Las Vegas, Nev.-based Nevada General Insurance Co., AIC America, and its wholly owned affiliates Auto Insurance America (New Mexico) and Auto Insurance America (Arizona) …

Former NFL Player Arrested in California for Staged Collision Scheme

Former Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver Jeffrey Leon Webb, 34, of Indio, was arrested on multiple felony counts after orchestrating four staged collisions resulting in a total loss exceeding $139,000. Webb and eight co-conspirators were allegedly involved in four staged …

State, Stillaguamish Tribe Argue over Liability in Washington Mudslide

The Stillaguamish Tribe is fighting off suggestions by the Washington Attorney General’s Office that it might face liability for the devastating Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighborhood and killed 43 people in 2014. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. …

Construction Zone Crashes in Utah Kill 67 in 5 Years

State data shows a total of 67 people have been killed in Utah construction zone crashes in the last five years. The transportation department data also shows 288 people were seriously injured over the same period, the Standard-Examiner reported. Top …

Hawaii Getting $1M in Federal Aid to Battle Zika Virus

Hawaii will receive $1 million in federal funds to fight the Zika virus. The cash will go toward developing and improving state websites about Zika preparedness. It also will pay for a communications staffer to handle public outreach. The state …

California School District Didn’t Supervise Special Needs Boy, Lawsuit Says

A California mother has filed a second lawsuit against a school district, saying it failed to keep her special needs son safe even after losing the first lawsuit and agreeing to improve his supervision. The Bay Area New Group reports …

Las Vegas K-9 Officer Indicted for Insurance Fraud

A veteran Las Vegas police K-9 officer has been indicted on felony charges alleging he burned his recreational vehicle trailer in January for the insurance money. State Attorney General Adam Laxalt said last week the charges against 36-year-old Jeff Lynn Harper …

Collapse of Utah Insurance Co-Op Leaves Millions in Claims Unpaid

The collapse of Utah’s nonprofit insurance cooperative is leaving Utah hospitals with millions in unpaid claims. Arches Mutual Insurance Co. owes $33 million that the Utah Department of Insurance says will likely remain unpaid until 2017, the Salt Lake Tribune …

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