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Nevada Assembly Oks Bill To Regulate Ridesharing

A hard-fought bill to regulate ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft got the green light from Nevada lawmakers in the wee hours of Saturday morning, after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, several public failures for Uber and a marathon workday …

EPIC Adds Pino as Producer in Nevada, Opens New Office

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center has added Courtney Pino as a commercial insurance broker/producer and has moved into its new Reno, Nev. offices. Pino will be responsible for new business development and the design and management of insurance and risk management …

Arizona Wildfire Season Delayed by Cool, Wet Weather

An unusually cool and wet May is delaying the start of the wildfire season around northern Arizona. Weather conditions at this time last year were hot and windy, frustrating firefighters battling what became a 33-square-mile blaze in Oak Creek Canyon, …

Dry Conditions Have Alaska Wildfire Responders Keeping Eye Out

Interior Alaska and other parts of the state are experiencing conditions ripe for forest fires and natural resources officials are urging caution in outdoor activities heading into Memorial Day Weekend. Information officer Tim Mowry of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center …

More Than 7,700 Gallons of Oil Sopped Up from California Coast

More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. Up …

Swarm of Small Quakes Shake Southern California Desert

A swarm of small earthquakes have struck a sparsely populated area of the Southern California desert, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries. The first, a magnitude-4.0 quake, struck at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the edge of …

American Family Launches Coverage for Ridesharing Drivers in Colorado

American Family Insurance has introduced a new transportation network company insurance coverage in the state of Colorado, designed to meet the needs of customers who are independent contractors for transportation network companies such as Uber or Lyft. These ridesharing services, …

Idaho Woman Sues Red Robin, Alleging Her Firing Was For Opposing Racism

A northern Idaho woman is suing the national restaurant chain Red Robin in federal court because she says she was fired for complaining about racist hiring practices. Stacie Ward of Post Falls filed the whistleblower lawsuit on Tuesday, contending that …

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe Sued by Reno Contractor For $6M

SMC Construction of Reno, Nev. is suing the owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe for failing to pay more than $6 million for work to finish the property before its Jan. 28 grand opening. The Reno …

Steve Wynn’s Assault on Nevada Free-Speech Raises Yelp’s Ire

Steve Wynn’s push for a stronger hand when suing people who badmouth him is being viewed by some, including Yelp Inc., as stacking the deck against free speech. The social media site called on its subscribers to stop the billionaire …

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