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Tougher Drunken Driving Bill Navigates New Mexico Legislature

A proposal to toughen drunken driving penalties has cleared the New Mexico House but it likely faces difficulty in the Senate. The measure would add mandatory prison time to the basic sentence of drunken driving offenders with previous felonies. Similar …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Lawsuit Filed In California Over Jenni Rivera Plane Crash Death

The husband of Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American pop star who died with six others in a 2012 plane crash, sued the aircraft’s owners Friday alleging wrongful death. Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the suit in Los Angeles …

Bill in California Would Insure People In U.S. Illegally

Immigrants living in the country illegally would be able to buy health insurance through the state of California under a bill introduced by a state senator. Only U.S. citizens can buy policies under the Affordable Care Act through health exchanges …

Service Dog Lawsuit Settled by Oregon University

Portland State University in Oregon will pay $161,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming it discriminated against disabled students who have service animals. Deaf student Cindy Leland and the Fair Housing Council of Oregon filed the $1 million lawsuit in 2012, …

Hawaiian Language Driver’s License Test Soon Available

Even though Hawaiian is one of the official languages of the state, Hawaii residents won’t be able to take driver’s license exams in the language until next month. The state Department of Transportation is preparing to make Hawaiian an exam …

Morris Joins McDonald-Leavitt in California

Sean Morris has joined McDonald-Leavitt Insurance Agency, and will specialize in commercial insurance. Morris will be based in Santa Rosa, Calif. Prior to McDonald-Leavitt, Morris worked for 15 years selling real estate. McDonald-Leavitt is part of the Leavitt Group, which has …

Saving Southern California Drivers From Flooding Aim of Signs

Southern California may be in a drought, but San Bernardino County is thinking about the safety of motorists who use roads prone to flash flooding. Signs warning drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” during floods were recently posted in the …

Another Suit Against Ex-California Priest Moving Forward

Just days after a Southern California diocese announced the settlement of two child-abuse lawsuits, a lawyer says he has no plans to settle a third suit against a former Catholic priest. Attorney Anthony De Marco tells the Sun newspaper the …

Court Revives Lawsuit Against BP Over Alaska Oil Spill Statements

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

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