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Water Wasters in California Could Be Fined $500 A Day

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California’s drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would …

New Rules On Ridesharing Passed by Seattle Council

  The Seattle City Council on Monday passed new rules regulating rideshare companies, allowing them to operate in the city without a limit on the number of cars.   Monday’s vote comes a week after the council repealed rules it …

Drought Threatens To Dry Up California Farm Wells

Farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see their wells run dry a year from now if rain and snow remain scarce in the agriculturally rich state, according to a study released Tuesday. Richard …

Heffernan Names Thomas Vice President in Southern California

Heffernan Insurance Brokers has tapped Lawrence Thomas to join its Orange County, Calif. branch as assistant vice president. Thomas will focus on building the nonprofit, entertainment and fashion apparel manufacturing specialties for Heffernan in Southern California. His duties at Heffernan will include new business …

Lightning Strikes Spark Wildfires Across Oregon

A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state. The Moccasin Hill fire began Sunday near the ranching town of Sprague River, about 25 …

Presson Joins Woodruff-Sawyer’s Employee Benefits in California

San Francisco, Calif.-based Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. named Anne Presson director of benefits innovation. Presson will focus on developing, piloting and implementing new strategies for the employee benefits practice. Prior to Woodruff-Sawyer, she was director of member relations at the Pacific …

USG Insurance adds Chang in Southern California

USG Insurance Services Inc. added Perry Chang as producer/broker in its Irvine, Calif. office. Chang most recently held the position of broker at Scottish American. Past positions include vice president of sales at Artisan Risk & Insurance Services, a broker …

Montana and Arizona Lone States Without Texting Laws, but Does it Matter?

Arizona and Montana stand out as the only states without some form of texting and driving law, but some studies show there’s no evidence that laws intended to curb cellphone use behind the wheel reduce crashes. Fourty-four other states plus Washington, …

Wyoming Sponsor Of Earhart Search Wants Suit To Continue

A Wyoming man who paid $1 million to sponsor a search for Amelia Earhart’s missing airplane is asking a federal judge not to dismiss his fraud lawsuit against expedition organizers. Tim Mellon maintains that the Pennsylvania-based The International Group for …

California Commissioner Sued by UnitedHealth Over Fine

UnitedHealth Group has sued California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to block a $173.6 million fine the insurer incurred for violations during a botched acquisition. The lawsuit was filed last week in Orange County Superior Court, the Los Angeles Times reported. Minnesota-based …

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